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Posted on 06-09-2016

Be the Change You Wish to See

With our Convention and the primary election behind us, it’s a good time for reflection. Mahatma Gandhi’s complete quote (referenced in the subject heading here) is, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” 

Your GA team takes this to heart and the primary election was a good example.  We need to change a fundamental paradigm in the legislature.  That paradigm is a dearth of state legislators from both political parties who are super pro-chiropractic.  Too often decisions deleterious to chiropractic have been made in the legislature.  We are working assiduously to educate all legislators through a concerted strategic effort to preclude those types of decisions in the future. However, our best opportunity to shift this paradigm is through getting super pro-chiropractic legislators elected.


Primary Election Highlights

I am thrilled to report that the results of our recent primary election reveals we have been successful with stage one of our effort to be the change we wish to see.

Example Number One -  Assembly District 27 in Santa Clara County

I’ve mentioned our efforts to garner an early endorsement and launching Independent Expenditure activity on behalf of Ash Kalra.  Independent Expenditures attacking him and supporting his opponent greatly jeopardized Mr. Kalra’s ability to survive a crowded field of 5 Democrats to make it to the run-off in November.  CCA’s independent expenditure campaign produced and distributed two separate campaign pieces supporting Mr. Kalra.  These focused actions resulted in Mr. Kalra making it to the November runoff.  It is clear from my sources that CCA is being given the credit for this result.  Click here to view our two mailer campaign pieces.

Example Number Two -  Senate District 27 in Ventura County. 

This was another very crowded field where CCA weighed in with an early endorsement and financial support for Anthony Portantino.  Mr. Portantino came out of field with 5 Democrats and one Republican to make the November run-off.  He is now considered the front-runner for this Senate seat.

Example Number Three -  Senate District 15 in Santa Clara County.  A surprise challenge to Senator Jim Beall from Assembly Member Nora Campos caused a big stir with Senator Beall prevailing.  

Backed by big oil, Ms. Campos waged a negative smear campaign against one of our biggest supporters in the Senate.  Once again CCA weighed in with an early endorsement and financial support that helped lead Senator Beall to a 20% margin of victory in the primary.  Although Ms. Campos made it to the November run-off, the oil money should dry up as a result of the drubbing she received in the primary.

Example Number Four -  Senate District 9 in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. This race was another crowded field with only one super pro-chiropractic candidate – Nancy Skinner. 

CCA weighed in once again with an early endorsement and financial support of Nancy Skinner.  Ms. Skinner was the top vote winner by 18% and will have a substantial advantage over her run-off opponent Sandre’ Swanson in November.

Gearing Up For The General Election

CCA will continue its vigorous involvement in the elections. In addition to continuing our support of the above mentioned candidates, CCA will also be targeting specific races involving either current, or future candidates who self-identify as moderate Democrats. I’ve spoken of this strategy in the past, so won’t bore you with explaining it again.  Suffice it to say, CCA is using every opportunity to shift the paradigm and be the future we wish to see.

If you are a key doctor and/or a district leader, the GA team will be contacting you shortly to begin your local Assembly and Senate endorsements. As you are aware, CCA GA will provide you with our candidate recommendations and candidate questions. From there, it is up to each local CCA district in conjunction with their key doctors to make each candidate endorsement. Once this process is completed, we will be providing CCA’s General Election Voter Guide. This publication is extremely helpful to all doctors and chiropractic supporters to help us ensure we get the most pro-chiropractic legislators elected. We could not do this without your help!

Now I won’t make any predictions or promises regarding November’s election outcomes.  I know too well the capricious nature of campaigns and elections.  One of Sacramento’s oft quoted political analysts, Paul Mitchell, predicted in January there was no way two Democrats would emerge from the primary for U.S. Senate.  He was so certain of this he proclaimed if he was wrong, he would streak the Capitol.  At 12:57 AM Wednesday morning he posted proof (the proof didn’t involve actual nudity) on his Twitter account that he kept his word.  There are no sure things in politics.

We should not let the volatility of politics prevent us from being the future we wish to see though.  American author and historian, Edward Everett Hale once opined, “I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”

Every chiropractor in the state can and should take this sentiment to heart!  If you can’t give as much you’d like to the CCA-PAC, give what you can.  If you can’t afford to be a member of CCA right now, give something to the CCA-PAC.  If you can’t be a Key Doctor, become a CCA member. You get the point.  We can ALL do something, but we’ll never achieve the change we wish to see by waiting for someone else to do it for us.

That’s all the news that’s fit to print, and some that probably isn’t…for now.

©2016 California Chiropractic Association. All rights reserved. Please do not disseminate in part or whole without prior permission. Questions or permission to disseminate? Contact Cris Forsyth at cforsyth@calchiro.org.

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