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I'm talking, of course, about the April 11, 2006 election to replace former congressman "Duke" Cunningham (R, CA-50), who recently pled guilty to accepting millions of dollars in bribes from defense contractors.  

I know that dailyKos is all hot and bothered about Ciro Rodriguez (D) replacing Cuellar (TX-28, D) in the House, but surely we can focus our energies on two elections...there will be over 400 in November, after all!  The Democratic candidate in CA-50, Francine Busby, has a chance to take a seat which was previously held by a conservative Republican, hot on the heels of his guilty plea for accepting bribes from defense contractors and the general GOP corruption scandal rocking D.C.  We need to strike while the iron is hot if we hope to retake the House in 2006.  Charlie Cook's latest article states that a Democratic majority in the House is an actual possibility in 2006--electing Busby now would make it that much easier to retake the House come November!

more, under the fold...

The Democratic candidate is Francine Busby, who last faced Dukey boy in 2004 and captured an admirable 37% of the vote (Duke received 58%)!  With the obvious advantage of incumbency taken away from her new Republican opponent (Duke held this seat for years), in addition to the the American (and San Diegan) public's distaste for the recent charges of corruption embroiling the GOP, this could easily be a pickup for us.  The district is just slightly more Republican than Democrat, meaning that turnout could be the deciding factor in this race!  The road to a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives could begin with this election.  Of course, this seat may still be an uphill battle for a member of our party, so the candidate will need all the help she can get.  You can find out how to contribute or get involved with the campaign here:

A little bit about our candidate (from Busby's website): Francine is an adjunct Professor of Women's Studies at Cal State U-San Marcos, is  currently serving as the elected trustee of the Cardiff School District Board, is the Past President of the Cardiff Education Foundation where she lead the effort to raise $450,000 for Cardiff Schools to improve technology in the classroom and hire educational specialists.  Francine is also the founding president of the Casa Theresa Central Guild to provide assistance to pregnant women (Busby is pro-choice).  She also serves as a Board Member of Friends of the Cardiff Library, Board Member of Cardiff Soccer Club, Past President of the Parent Staff Organization of the Cardiff School District and Scout Leader of Girl Scouts.

Originally posted to anthonyLA on Tue Feb 07, 2006 at 12:17 PM PST.

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  •  We raised over $60,000 for Ciro in one week (4.00)
    Imagine what we can do for Busby!  This is the only House of Representatives election occuring in April (or in Spring, for that matter) and our collective energies should be focused on making sure she is elected!  

    We'll have a LOT to do this summer, but electing Busby should be the #1 priority for the Spring.

  •  Good work! And thanks -- (none)
      I wasn't paying attention.
  •  I believe Ciro's race is just (none)
    weeks repub challange and whoever gets the win gets the seat. Someone correct me if I am wrong. I can't imagine Kos et al pushing this hard for a race that is 9 months away.

    *"It is the difficulties that show what men are" ..Epictetus*

    by Chamonix on Tue Feb 07, 2006 at 12:22:27 PM PST

    •  Is it? (none)
      my bad.  strange that no information about the actual election date was included on his post.  you could very well be right though.

      Regardless, this race presents a chance to replace an R with a D in the House...

    •  edited (none)
      Okay, I still think the community can focus on two elections!  Busby has been getting so little attention on here, but remember when Duke Cunningham admitted to accepting bribes??  That was all over DailyKos.  Now's the time to capitalize on all the anger in CA-50.
      •  Keep plugging away..perhaps some will (none)
        wake up. Diff is...Ciro is in a Major Dem area..Cunningham is in Rep hellhole quicksand. I mean the people there elected this asshole.

        *"It is the difficulties that show what men are" ..Epictetus*

        by Chamonix on Tue Feb 07, 2006 at 12:32:09 PM PST

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  •  4 Weeks, Not 9 Months (none)
    Ciro and Cuellar face off in the primary, which is 4 weeks away, not 9 months.  The winner of the primary will be unopposed in September, so that is why there is a push for Ciro.

    I *love* America - along with the Eagles, they're my favorite bands.

    by SaltWaterCroc on Tue Feb 07, 2006 at 12:23:27 PM PST

  •  Turn 1 into 14. Cook's current analysis. (none)
    I hear Mr. Coook many times on cable TV. Today, I read from his article:
    Today, however, with Bush's approval ratings hovering around 42 percent, the possibility of a Democratic takeover -- although less than 50-50 -- is very real.

    Even though House Democrats need a net gain of only 15 seats this November, that task is fairly daunting because the playing field is so small: Few House Republicans are retiring, and few of the Republican incumbents who ought to be vulnerable are in districts that actually are competitive.

    Within Reach
    Spread the word; get excited. Let's work for a full democratic win.
  •  My take (4.00)
    is that Kos is playing this as a one-at-a-time, month out run up to these elections.  

    TX-28 will get the press for a couple more weeks, then the attention will be turned to CA-50.  If you search the CA-50 tag (which should be added to this great diary) you will see the attention that's been given to this race.  

    Pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space because there's bugger all down here on Earth.

    by bawbie on Tue Feb 07, 2006 at 12:36:52 PM PST

    •  Who can add the CA-50 tag? (none)
      With the lockdown on user-editing of tags (made necessary by Republican trolls being their usual classy types), the only user I can see being able to add that tag now is AnthonyLA himself.

      I don't know if even he can do it now the diary's posted, but he ought to give it a try.

      Finem respice et principiis obsta—Consider the end, and thwart the beginning

      by Del C on Tue Feb 07, 2006 at 02:09:50 PM PST

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  •  Recommended (none)
    Thanks for the heads up.  This is certainly a chance for us to get a head start on the mid-terms.  If we're serious about our 50-state strategy, we can't afford to loose sight of this race.  And what better place to drive home the fact of the repub Culture of Corruption?
  •  definitely push for April (none)
    It would be preferable to get Busby over 50% in April than have her face a runoff in June during a primary vote.  I'd still take my chances with her then, however, particularly because the biggest primary battle in CA will be on the Democratic side (Angelides v. Westly).

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    by dday on Tue Feb 07, 2006 at 12:58:20 PM PST

  •  Local (none)
    I promise you, we are paying attention to CA-50.

    Here's my question to all of you: Are there any local bloggers covering the race? I haven't been able to find any.

  •  Thanks Anthony (none)
    I think we can win this district.  Plus it is a fun district to spend time least as a tourist.  Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Encinitas are really nice places.  Hopefully the Republicans will divide amongst themselves in the primary and Busby can look above the fray.  Plus she is a true moderate and I think will appeal to discontented Republicans who don't want a whack job representing them in congress.

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