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At first, I had my heart set on five candidates.
Yet following some of the answers which I have received from some, I am not as sure as I was before.
Other candidates have reached out to me, asking why I was contacting certain candidates instead of others.
Frankly, I was focused on conservative Republicans who are pro-growth, pro-business, pro-pension reform, and anti-public sector union.
Yes, I oppose public sector unions. They do not represent their members, but force them to join, force them to pay, and force them to sit and watch the union leaders spend the money on candidates and causes which they do not support. I am not the only one making this statement. Other individuals from different public unions have made the same claim.
The conflict of interest has become so glaring, that cities in California are going bankrupt, even while unions are demanding more money through taxes and service cuts.
The city of Torrance has 600 employees drawing a $100k salary. This is unsustainable, to put it mildly. Another Torrance resident told me that the city fire department still operate as though every building is made of wood. How many firefighters does a city need? How much is the current array of firefighters going to cost the city and its future residents down the line?
I am also realizing that just because a candidate has an R or a D (or neither) does not make the biggest difference, either. Still, I cannot in good conscience support Democratically-aligned candidates because I do not believe that those individuals will stand up to public sector union pressure.
When I reached out to candidate, I was initially interested in promoting the candidates whom I felt best represented the needs of the city of Torrance.
Now I am learning about insiders, outsiders, upside-downside and string-pullers, too!
Thank you to all for reading without screeding.
This email was sent to one candidate, who in turn sent it to me:
Your judgement is seriously questionable if you think appearing on the blog of local crackpot Art Schaper makes you look good. On the contrary, it just marginalizes and makes you look desperate. Schaper isn't a "journalist"; he's a nut.
I'll be sure my Torrance folks know who not to vote for.
I guess there is a badge of honor when political opponents have to resort to name-calling. The Soviet Union took this labeling to the extreme, labelling political dissidents "crazy" then shipping them away to be "reeducated."
In the words of Maxine Waters: "This is a tough game, and you cannot be intimidate. And I am not afraid of anybody!"
Apparently, neither are the city candidates who are reaching out to me.