They say elections have consequences. No foolin’. Lots of questions remain concerning the outcome of the CD-10 Special Election.
1. Can Senator Mark DeSaulnier’s ground game be the difference in what could still prove to be a close contest against fellow Democrat frontrunners Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan and Lt Governor John Garamendi?
2. How badly will Republican David Harmer lose to the eventual Democratic Party nominee in November?
3. Win or lose, is Joan Buchanan in the dog house with the Democratic leadership? She thumbed her nose at Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and other party leaders to wreck DeSaulnier’s chance of victory against Garamendi. Could the Dems get even and challenge her seat in AD-15 or worse—show Joan what a glass ceiling really looks like?
4. Will CD-10 even exist as it does now after a new round of amatuer hour gerrymandering after the 2010 census?
5. Everywhere I go I hear about the future Anthony Woods has in politics. What’s his next step for electoral politics? County Supervisor? Assembly? Mayor?
6. Will the unsuccessful GOP candidates rally to Harmer’s cause, or treat as they have been treated?
7. Will Tom Del Beccaro, vice chair of the California GOP and backroom bungler for Harmer’s stealth moderate campaign, parlay yet another electoral disaster into a party chairmanship?
8. Is there any doubt that the Contra Costa Times will endorse any Democrat v. Harmer?
9. How will Mark DeSaulnier handle his first ever political defeat?
10. Despite their conservative airs, how does the Nelson Rockefeller, country club statist wing of the current county GOP leadership even begin to make room for rising stars like Bunch, Clift, Loos, Toth, and Peterson?