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The Voting Dilemma

The WaPo covers the California conservative quandary.

State Assemblyman Ray Haynes is one of the most conservative members of the California legislature, but when he looks at the stakes involved in next month’s recall election here, the choice is clear. He’s for a Republican who can win.

Like many conservatives in this state, Haynes admits to being torn between head and heart. His heart is with a friend from the trenches, state Sen. Tom McClintock, whose conservative credentials are unimpeachable. His head tells him McClintock probably cannot win and that actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose conservative credentials are decidedly mixed, probably can.

“I’ll be real blunt,” Haynes said in an interview. “I was involved in the recall with Tom McClintock from the beginning, but I didn’t get involved in this to hand the governorship over to [Democratic Lt. Gov.] Cruz Bustamante. That’s something I need to be cognizant of and other conservatives need to be cognizant of.”

In a perfect world I’d vote for McClintock.  Unfortunately I live in California.

Posted by Lee on 08/31/03 at 09:01 PM in Cullyforneah • Permalink

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