Paul King for 50TH
PRESS RELEASE 8 May, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Will Not Be on the November Ballot
Brian Bilbray almost surely will be elected to Congress in
June, but will not be on the November ballot for reelection.
Bilbray will serve in Congress for only 6 months. I guarantee
Here’s the story no one has reported. The April special primary
election to replace Randy “Crook” Cunningham was an odd, OPEN
primary. All voters could vote for anyone, regardless of political
But the upcoming JUNE primary for the same district will be
the traditional CLOSED primary where only Republican voters
can vote for the Republican candidates. And the 50th is a
very conservative GOP district.
Bilbray won the April special election primary because many
independent voters and some Democrats crossed over to vote
for him. Even then, Bilbray barely won the crowded GOP primary
with 15.26% of the total vote.
Conservative wealthy businessman Eric Roach was close behind
with 14.50% of the vote. Another conservative, Howard Kaloogian,
was the next Republican with 7.44%. Conservative State Senator
Bill Morrow got 5.39%, and the other 10 Republicans (almost
all conservatives) trailed off from there.
Brian Bilbray, a squishy former GOP Congressman who then found
lucrative employment as a D.C. lobbyist, is not popular with
Republicans in the district. Howard Kaloogian has already
announced his endorsement of Roach in the June primary.
In this strongly Republican district, Bilbray will almost
surely win the 50th district seat in the June 6th runoff election,
defeating Democrat Francine Busby. But on that same day, the
primary is held for the November regular election. Since the
nonpartisan and Democrat voters cannot vote in this June GOP
primary, Bilbray will get TROUNCED by Eric Roach.
Roach will be the GOP nominee for the November general election,
and will easily win that runoff race. As I said, I guarantee
Now, let me hedge my guarantee. If Eric Roach doesn’t try
to win, he won’t win. And he might very well not try at all.
Apparently there is TREMENDOUS GOP pressure on Roach not to
spend any more money or effort on running. Establishment GOP
leaders want a compliant RINO (Republican in Name Only) “team
player” in the seat.
Bilbray fills that role nicely. Roach is too much of an outspoken
conservative. George Bush does not want such independent people
in “his” party.
If Roach doesn’t campaign -- spending about a million dollars
(he’s already spent over $3 million in the primary) to explain
to the GOP electorate why they should vote for Bilbray in
the June runoff while at the same time voting for Roach in
the same day’s primary -- Bilbray will win BOTH the special
election AND the June GOP primary. If Bilbray wins in November,
he will become the undefeatable incumbent GOP Congressman
in the 50th for the next 20 to 30 years.