NEW YORK – If you liked Gray Davis, you’ll love John Kerry. That’s one argument California Republicans are using in an effort to undercut the convention consensus that Democrats have a lock on their state’s electoral votes this year.
“Our job is to show the voters of California that the economic policies and approaches John Kerry offers parallel the policies the voters of California rejected, offered by Gray Davis,” said delegation chairman Gerry Parsky.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Jones, in an uphill battle to replace Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, has his own angle on the idea.
“California remembers the ‘98 governor’s race, when we had another Vietnam veteran talking about his war medals because he didn’t want to talk about his record,” Jones said, referring to Davis’ Bronze Star from Vietnam. “I don’t think people want to go through that again and end up with another shade of Gray – and that’s what John Kerry is for California.”