GOP pair to run against Thompson

2012-03-16T17:38:00Z 2012-03-16T22:42:32Z GOP pair to run against ThompsonPETER JENSEN Napa Valley Register
March 16, 2012 5:38 pm  • 

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, has drawn two Republican challengers who are newcomers to running for elected office but tout their roles as political outsiders and their fiscal conservatism.

In the California Legislature, State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, is running unopposed in a newly drawn district that now includes Napa County.

In the race for the Assembly seat representing Napa County, incumbent Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, is facing Republican John Munn, a 63-year-old retired soils scientist also from Davis.

Redistricting moved Wolk and Yamada into districts covering Napa County. They’re replacing State Sen. Noreen Evans and Assemblymember Michael Allen, both Democrats from Santa Rosa, whose new districts exclude Napa.

Redistricting moved Thompson, who has served in Congress since 1998, into a district that covers all of Napa County, and sections of Lake, Sonoma, Solano and Contra Costa Counties.

He has drawn two Republican challengers — Rohnert Park resident Stewart Cilley and Napa resident Randy Loftin. Both Cilley, a CPA, and Loftin, an enrolled agent and financial planner, are preaching fiscal discipline, which they feel has been missing in Washington.

The primary in June marks the first time in state history that voters will cast ballots in a “top-two” syle election. This will allow all voters to vote for any candidate in a partisan race, with the top two vote-getters moving on to the general election in November. The presidential and central committee races are exempt from this system.

Neither Cilley nor Loftin has run for elected office before. The California Republican Party announced this week that it was endorsing Loftin.

Loftin, a Vietnam War veteran, said he was motivated to run by what he considers intransigence in Congress on the issue of job creation.

“The big deal is jobs,” Loftin said. “Everything else pales in comparison with getting Americans back to work.”

Loftin acknowledged that it might be difficult unseating Thompson, but he said he will rely on grass-roots campaigning to spread his message.

“It’s a steep mountain to climb, no doubt about it,” Loftin said. “I think that everybody agrees that we have some big problems in Washington. They keep telling us they’re going to solve it but they keep making the mess bigger and bigger.”

Cilley said the passage of the health care act in 2009 motivated him to run. He said he wants to drastically alter the income tax and pushes the idea a national sales tax.

“The income tax needs to be radically changed,” Cilley said. “There’s been a lot of social engineering that’s been going on for decades and decades.

Like Loftin, he plans on running a grass-roots campaign built on the idea that, given the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, a Republican is better suited to provide a voice and an influence in Congress than a Democrat such as Thompson.

Cilley said he wants to broaden the Republican Party base with an all-encompassing call for fiscal conservatism in Congress.

“I want a big tent Republican Party,” Cilley said. “So that we can get that spending under control.”

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  1. fmmt47
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    fmmt47 - March 17, 2012 8:23 am
    Now maybe we can have some real "change".
  2. glenroy
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    glenroy - March 17, 2012 8:50 am
    They can be well down the IQ chart and still be head and heels over what we’re stuck with now….

    Anyone body but a liberal.
  3. nightwatchman
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    nightwatchman - March 17, 2012 9:42 am
    "Loftin, a Vietnam War veteran, said he was motivated to run by what he considers intransigence in Congress on the issue of job creation.

    “The big deal is jobs,” Loftin said. “Everything else pales in comparison with getting Americans back to work.”

    Glad he is as upset as we are about the Republican congress' insistence on messing with women's lady parts instead of focusing on jobs. But we already have a congressman who fights for these values, thanks.
  4. Sickothis
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    Sickothis - March 17, 2012 10:38 am
    fmmt47 I predict Thompson wins that race 65-35. There will be a larger Democratic majority in CA assembly and Senate due to redistricting. If Republicans keep attacking birth control, the Dems will hold 62 seats in the Senate and Nancy Pelosi will once again be speaker of the house.
  5. kram
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    kram - March 17, 2012 11:38 am
    I've heard Mr. Loftin speak and I understand he is the fully endorsed Republican candidate. He has the most passion and political integrity I've seen since Ronald Reagan. Good Luck Mr. Loftin!
  6. Bauhausfan
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    Bauhausfan - March 17, 2012 3:07 pm
    kram said: "I've heard Mr. Loftin speak and I understand he is the fully endorsed Republican candidate. He has the most passion and political integrity I've seen since Ronald Reagan. Good Luck Mr. Loftin!"

    Reagan, as he is now described by Republicans, is a myth. The real Reagan bears very little resemblance to what they claim.
  7. Bauhausfan
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    Bauhausfan - March 17, 2012 3:08 pm
    nightwatchman said: ""Loftin, a Vietnam War veteran, said he was motivated to run by what he considers intransigence in Congress on the issue of job creation.“The big deal is jobs,” Loftin said. “Everything else pales in comparison with getting Americans back to work.”Glad he is as upset as we are about the Republican congress' insistence on messing with women's lady parts instead of focusing on jobs. But we already have a congressman who fights for these values, thanks. "

    Planned Parenthood is a menace to job creation. Wake up!
  8. kevin
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    kevin - March 17, 2012 3:42 pm
    Obama will not be able to avoid running on his failed record of high unemployment, record deficits, unsustainable national debt, skyrocketing energy prices, Obamacare and a morass in Afhanistan that seems to get worse by the day.

    In spite of, or maybe even because of, his efforts to make contraceptives a national discussion, his poll numbers continue to decline. He has already informed the Democrat Congressmen that he is not going to campaign for them. (Probably a pre-emptive move so that he is not embarrassed when they tell him "no thank you" if he were to offer).

    There is a very real probability that not only will Obama go down to defeat in a landslide, just like his predecessor and mentor Jimmy Carter, but he could take down many in Congress too. Republicans stand a good chance to not only keep the House but to re-take the Senate.

    At some point the voters in CD 1 have to stop thinking about what Mike can get for them and start voting for what's best for the country...
  9. tomo
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    tomo - March 17, 2012 6:46 pm
    Mr. Loftin needs tobe reminded that his Republicans in Congress have not offered up anything new on job creation> Rahter, they stay with the same old litany (look that up in your Funk and Wagnall's) of eding 'job killing' regulations and tax breaks for the gazillionaire job creators. This is not the 20th century anymore. Thompson will win.
  10. Raven
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    Raven - March 17, 2012 9:39 pm
    his poll numbers continue to decline


    rasmussen today shows his approval rating at 50 percent, up from 4o percent a month ago.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/obama_approval_index_history
  11. long time napan
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    long time napan - March 18, 2012 8:56 am
    Right on....bye, bye Thompson!

    Nightwatchman....get some sleep...

    Raven....O'bama needs to gooooooooooooooooooooo.

    With big business leaving CA by the droves; you that are on the dole better get busy and secure someone who will insure soaking the few CA citizens that actually pay into the state instead of draining it.

    Soon to be out of here too!
  12. kevin
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    kevin - March 18, 2012 6:27 pm
    Here ya go Raven:
    dated 3/13

    Obama's Plummeting Poll Numbers Reveal Larger Trends

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arthur-bruzzone/obamas-plummeting-poll-nu_b_1341892.html?ref=elections-2012


    It's from Huffington Post, one of the Dems most trusted sources...
  13. Raven
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    Raven - March 18, 2012 9:30 pm
    3/17/12 kevin....
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