Greenberg: Where is Pelosi’s Republican Challenger?

There are six races for Congress in California that do not have a Republican on the November ballot.  Some might say that having two GOP’ers run against each other splits the votes, so that two Democrats can get in the runoff, like in the San Fran district f Pelosi.  But, this is NOT the case—and the numbers prove it.

“Did the two Republican candidates John Dennis and Deanna Lorraine split the party vote, thereby failing to attain the magic threshold, and wind up allowing a democrat to reach the top two? No, that’s a myth.

The data clearly exposes the truth, and it is discomforting: according to the San Francisco Department of Elections, 20% of San Francisco’s Republican voters citywide actually rejected their own two candidates and instead voted Democrat, mostly for Nancy Pelosi. Just two-thirds of those who decided to cast a vote chose Dennis. 16,250 Republicans did not vote at all. Deanna Lorraine fought for scraps.”

You read that right, 20% of the registered Republican voted for Pelosi—and 16,250 GOP’ers did not vote at all.  BTW, John Dennis is also the chair of the San Fran Republican Party.  Still he could not get Republicans to the polls.

Where is Pelosi’s Republican Challenger?

by Richie Greenberg, Sputnick,  10/27/20 

For the first time, this November will see two Democrats facing off to represent San Francisco in the US House of Representatives. Every two years, the top two vote-getters in the city’s March primaries have always been a democrat (Pelosi) and a Republican challenger. In a city with nearly 35,000 registered Republicans, what happened?

In 2020, the San Francisco Congressional District 12 race had included six candidates entering the March primary, eagerly fighting for the honour of top billing on both the ballot and in news headlines. Did the two Republican candidates John Dennis and Deanna Lorraine split the party vote, thereby failing to attain the magic threshold, and wind up allowing a democrat to reach the top two? No, that’s a myth.

The data clearly exposes the truth, and it is discomforting: according to the San Francisco Department of Elections, 20% of San Francisco’s Republican voters citywide actually rejected their own two candidates and instead voted Democrat, mostly for Nancy Pelosi. Just two-thirds of those who decided to cast a vote chose Dennis. 16,250 Republicans did not vote at all. Deanna Lorraine fought for scraps.

For many San Francisco GOP voters and local donors as well, candidates Dennis and Lorraine represent two sides of the same coin – labelled out of touch and disconnected from Republicans active in San Francisco businesses, the professions and nonprofits. The vote tally of these two candidates combined did not reach that of leftist Shahid Buttar, the man who now faces off against Pelosi next week.

John Dennis, 57, is a New Jersey transplant, perennial candidate seemingly forever taunting Nancy Pelosi. He’s a right-wing Twitter gadfly and occasional Fox News talking head. Deanna Lorraine is a 36-year old Bay Area native and political first-timer, an author and social media influencer who relocated from Los Angeles to San Francisco to campaign in this past March’s primary. She live-streamed around town in a MAGA hat and hired a plane to fly anti-Pelosi banners over the city’s waterfront.

Both of these Republican candidates relied heavily on out-of-state money, their six-figure campaign budgets spending their donations mostly on the expense of fundraising. Dennis parlayed his congressional candidacy to become the local San Francisco Republican Party’s chairman and a Trump national delegate. However, the big winner of 2020 was Deanna Lorraine, who now headlines the Infowars show alongside Alex Jones, garnering increasing national exposure.  

As for the Congressional District 12 race, it is certain San Francisco’s Republicans will cast their ballots for Pelosi much more than her challenger Shahid Buttar, who garnered only 164 Republican votes (!) in the March primary.

Many have described the San Francisco Republican voters as irrelevant. Another myth. The city’s Republicans are unique and influential swing voters in local races. Republicans held — but squandered — the margin of victory in recent elections including last year’s District Attorney race which elected the left-wing radical, Chesa Boudin, to office. In less than a week from now, the city’s Republicans have the numbers to swing the ranked-choice vote for district Supervisors – our city council members – as well as against ballot measures defunding the police, and against raising real estate and business taxes. Will they turn out to stem the Left’s progressive tide and instead help elect moderate Democrats?

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. Totallyfedup says

    California Democrat socialists have bastardized the election process.
    Between the change that only the top two primary winners get on the general election ballot and the sloppy process of mail in and same day ballots, an honest person (Republican) doesn’t have a chance.
    Look up how San Diego Mayor candidate Scott Sherman was “moved” from second place to third with the “discovery” of more mail in ballots daily after the election. Once they had their top 2 demorats in place, surprise, surprise, no more ballots to be found.
    CALIFORNIA IS CORRUPT TO THE CORE, THE CORE BEING SUCKRAMENTO.

  2. Richard Wahl says

    On the other hand, keep Nancy in place to hasten the state slide into the toilet. It is hard to see a turn arouind for this state without a collapse first. The people who could help with a turn around are fleeing .

  3. Clint Griess says

    Nearly all of this article is untrue, and besides the March 3rd primary is long over. Some people love to dwell on the past and will repeat their faulty logic just to be petty.

    Don’t be fooled. No stats from SF Elections could tell you who Republicans voted for. That’s not a thing. Voting is confidential. What’s written as fact is only speculation.

    Why doesn’t the author address the obvious? If there had been one Republican in the primary, he would have been able to take on the socialist and win. Instead, we San Franciscans had to contend with a grifter who the author correctly identifies as a sort of winner, but at our expense.

    I can understand why Sputnik, a Russian government owned outlet, would publish this trash, but Steven Frank has no excuse. Readers of this “review” must question the loyalty of its publisher first and foremost.

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