Opportunities to Vote for the the Center and Against Extremists
There are a number of excellent opportunities to prune the political tree of extremists today, August 2, 2022.
On the Democratic Side
Representatives Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), both members of the so-called Squad are being challenged by more centrist Democrats in their primaries today. Please vote for the centrists. Representative Andy Levin (D-Mich.), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus is being challenged by Representative Haley Stevens (D-Mich.), who belongs to the more centrist New Democrat Coalition in a new district created by redistricting. Please vote for the more centrist candidate, Haley Stevens.
On the Republican Side
Donald Trump has, helpfully, compiled a list of candidates to vote against. (A specific list of 25 candidates Trump endorses in today’s primaries is included in this link.) He calls it endorsements. Absent any other information simply voting against these candidates would help move American politics back to the center.
Please vote in the primaries. If we have no centrist candidates to vote for in the general election, we have only ourselves to blame.
The California primary for the U.S. Senate seat will be held June 7, 2022. It is an open primary with 20 candidates including Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Socialists, and independents. The top two vote getters, regardless of party, will go on to a general election. You would think that in a field that large the Centrist Independent Voter could find a truly attractive choice. Well, actually, it is not as easy as we had thought. Many of the candidates are running just to focus attention on a pet issue. While some of these issues are worthy, these candidates are not even trying to present themselves as viable general election candidates.
Gov. Gavin Newsom selected Alex Padilla (D) to replace Kamala Harris when she became Vice President. California law requires an election to fill the seat at the next available election cycle. There are, therefore, two U.S. Senate elections going on in California this week: one to finish out Harris’ Senate term and one to succeed her.
Padilla is heavily favored to win enough votes in the primary to put him into the general election for both terms.
Among the challengers there is one candidate who, in our mind, should also be there. That is Jon Elist. A Republican, he characterizes himself as a pragmatic conservative. There is a small amount of overlap between his positions on issues and those of the Centrist Independent Voter. On those issues he does address, he takes advantage of his newcomer status to remain vague on what he actually would support. I am sure that during the general election he will be forced to be more explicit about his policy preferences. Nevertheless, we find his attempt to seek the crossover vote rather than cater to the hard right as refreshing, and would like to see him on the ballot in the general election.
We, therefore, endorse Jon Elist in the June 7, 2022 California primary for the U.S. Senate.
The Centrist Independent Voter endorsed candidates for the Georgia May 24, 2022 Republican primaries today.
CIVPAC did not endorse anyone in the Democratic primary. At this point, Raphael Warnock and Stacy Abrams are running, essentially, unopposed for the Democratic nominations for the U.S. Senate and Georgia Governor positions respectively.
CIVPAC may or may not endorse candidates in the general election in Georgia.
The Centrist Independent Voter endorsed Brian Kemp for the Republican nomination for Governor and Brad Raffensperger for Secretary of State. This endorsement is, more than anything else, a reward for having stood up to Donald Trump when he attempted to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election in Georgia.
CIVPAC endorsed the field, i.e. any one other than Herschel Walker, for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. Herschel Walker has no experience that suggests that he would make a good U.S. Senator. He does have one huge liability that suggests that his election would be damaging to the political environment in the U.S. He has Donald Trump’s endorsement. Those on the right, left, and center who would like to see Donald Trump disappear from the American political scene would be well advised to vote for a candidate that does not have Trump’s endorsement, to demonstrate just how toxic that endorsement is.