Politico reports that some California Republicans are afraid that birther Queen Orly Taitz may just win the Republican primary for Secretary of State tomorrow:
California Republicans optimistic about their prospects in November could find themselves with a bit of a problem after the votes are counted in Tuesday’s primaries – a statewide ticket with the so-called “Birther Queen” as one of their candidates.
Orly Taitz is an Israeli émigré who has spent the last two years filing lawsuits challenging President Barack Obama’s right to be president on the grounds that he was born in Kenya. In the process, she has earned herself $20,000 in court fines.
Now she’s running for the GOP nomination for secretary of state, and with her establishment-backed primary opponent mounting a less-than-stellar campaign against her, operatives say there’s a chance she could win.
“It’d be a disaster for the Republican party,” says James Lacy, a conservative GOP operative in the state. “ Can you imagine if [gubernatorial candidate] Meg Whitman and [candidate for Lt. Gov.] Abel Maldonado—both of whom might have a chance to win in November—had to run with Orly Taitz as secretary of state, who would make her cockamamie issues about Obama’s birth certificate problems at the forefront of her activities?”
“There is no Republican candidate for statewide office that would be willing to have her campaign with them,” says Adam Probolsky, a spokesman for the Orange County Republican Party.
But longtime California GOP strategist Allan Hoffenblum, who publishes the California Target Book, says a Taitz victory is entirely possible. “It will be a complete embarrassment if she wins, but these things can happen,” he said.
Party, this could happen because Taitz’s opponent has not run a very aggressive campaign:
Dunn says he’s relying on his own biography and endorsements from a variety of mainstream GOP organizations to carry him through June. “I’m not running a primary campaign against Orly Taitz,” Dunn says. “I’m just going to take the high road.”
Not everyone is convinced it’s going to work.
“Dunn has not done enough,” says Lacy.
“For professional Republicans right now the main tactic in regards to Orly Taitz is prayer,” says Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College and a longtime observer of California politics.
“Downballot races in California can definitely take odd bounces. I would say Damon Dunn is the favorite but I wouldn’t bet my next mortgage on it.”
There has been absolutely no polling of this race, so it’s hard to say whether these fears are well founded or not, but this is California so anything could happen.