Rodney Lee Conover is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 8th District of California. He was a writer for the Rush Limbaugh Show, a conservative stand-up comic for 12 years entertaining people and troops throughout the world, a talk-show host on SiriusXM for eight years and most recently, speech writer for Herman Cain and Joe “the Plumber” Wurzlebacher.
Many of us know Rodney from his columns at JoeForAmerica and Patriot Update. Now some may just shrug their shoulders and think that California is too far gone and hopeless for any conservative to live in much less get elected in. Well, to quote Lee Corso on ESPN College Game Day, “Not so fast, my friends.”
While California does not have a congressional delegation that looks like Kansas, it also does not have a congressional delegation that looks like Connecticut. The 113th US Congress has 15 Republicans out of 53 congressional seats in the California delegation. The 103rd US Congress had 22 Republicans out of 52 congressional seats in the California delegation. The aftermath of the amnesty in 1986 and redistricting makes it hard to see Republicans gaining 8 seats, but they could gain 3 seats in a 2014 wave election. A new rule in the 2012 California elections had the top two primary candidates competing in the general elections instead of the top Republican competing against the top Democrat. This new rule had two Republicans competing in the general election for the 8th district seat. The Partisan Voter Index (PVI) for California’s 8th district is R+10. There are only 2 districts in the state with a better PVI than California’s 8th.
Rodney is not running for office because he wants to be a career politician. If he lived in California’s 4th district, then he’d simply be voting to reelect Tom McClintock. California’s 4th district also has a PVI of R+10. There is a BIG difference in the performance of incumbent Tom McClintock and 8th district incumbent Paul Cook. Heritage Action Scorecard grades Tom McClintock 90% on key votes taken and grades Paul Cook 62%. Rodney is running because he believes a majority of conservatives in the 8th district are not getting represented by Cook and they deserve a dog in this fight.
Rodney knows that just having an R after the name does not equate to being conservative. Gov. Schwarzeneggar is exhibit A. He is asking for a vote from those living in the 8th district, and money to support his campaign from anyone no matter what district you live in so conservatives will be represented.
Victor Davis Hansen, NRO writer, sums up what conservatives think about living in California.
What worries us in our beloved California is that a state with singular natural gifts (the best agricultural climate and soils in the world, vast ports facing the rich Pacific Rim, vibrant tourism, huge reserves of gas, oil, and timber), and a wonderful inheritance from our ancestors (the UC system, Caltech, Stanford, USC, the origins of the American idea of freeway transportation, brilliantly engineered hydroelectric and irrigation systems, and a mostly harmonious, skilled, multiethnic populace), has been so mismanaged, by both recent Republican and Democratic governors, as to result in chronic budget crises, terrible public schools, and a third of the nation’s welfare recipients, with nearly a fourth of the state’s residents ranked below the poverty level — the highest rate in the nation.
Conservatives have not really “declared the state doomed” but have instead pointed out that it is in dire jeopardy — and not just because “the political balance shifted.” After all, a supposed Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was recently governor for eight years. The real problem is math, not politics, and it finally caught up with us in terms of massive deficits and unsustainable aggregate debt.