Nehring promises campaign akin to Revolutionary War
Comments by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
Dianne Feinstein has never had a viable candidate and had to do little or nothing to maintain her seat in the U.S. Senate, now the 79-year-old Feinstein is about to experience for the first time in her career some good old-fashioned hard ball with Elizabeth Emken a fresh new candidate offering solutions to California’s economic ills. The selection or Ron Nehring, will send Feinstein through hell and high water. It’s doubtful she will handle the pressure.
Ron Nehring, former chairman of the California and San Diego Republican parties, will serve as senior strategist to Republican Elizabeth Emken in her bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Ron Nehring is a veteran conservative leader who served until just recently as the Chairman of the California Republican Party, responsible for the direction and management of the largest state Republican Party in the nation. The acuity and focus he brings to this role is the result of over twenty years of domestic and foreign policy and political experience serving public policy, political, non-profit, and government organizations.
Chris Wilson, CEO of Wilson Research Strategies, describes Ron as “a solid political strategist” and “one of the best state chairmen I have ever worked with.” Longtime Republican commentator Bill Saracino describes Ron has having “exactly the right mix of realism and an understanding of the importance of ideas and idealism in politics.”
The Daily Caller’s Caroline May describes Ron’s leadership style as “behind much of his party’s enthusiasm” in the Golden State. Under his leadership, the California Republican Party raised over $73 million, permanently retired over $4 million in debt, and instituted a wide array of professional management and financial reforms.
Emken, who trails Feinstein by nearly 20 points in a recent poll, said Monday she was excited to have Nehring join the campaign.
“Ron is a skilled strategist who understands the complex political environment in every part of our state, as well as the national dynamics that impact this race,” she said. “We’re going to offer voters a real alternative to the failed status quo in California, and we’re assembling a first-class team to get it done.”
Emken promptly challenged her opponent to a series of debates, which Feinstein’s campaign swiftly declined.
The Republican sent a letter urging Feinstein to participate in debates across the state focusing on regional issues, including national security in San Diego. Others would center on education in Los Angeles, water issues in the Central Valley and energy along the Central Coast.
Emken, who secured a second-place finish in the 24-candidate primary June 5, faces an uphill climb in the November contest, Nehring acknowledged in a conference call with reporters on Monday. Still, he said the campaign was “thrilled” with the results of a Field Poll last week showing Feinstein besting Emken by 19 points, 51 percent to 32 percent among likely voters.