In true blue California, no one should be surprised that a multitude of Democrats are running to replace the later Dianne Feinstein in the Senate. But there’s also one Republican in the running, and he’s doing surprisingly well.
Enter former baseball star and two-time winner of the National Championship Series MVP award, Steve Garvey.
You might remember Garvey for years of well-played baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. He also helped the Dodgers get to the World Series in 1981.
Now, at age 75, he’s considering a run for Congress.
Garvey, like many in his state, has seen the destruction Democrats have wrought on the once-Golden State. Homelessness is soaring, crime is perpetually on the rise, the schools are failing our youth, and don’t even get me started on how much the cost of living has risen in California.
Even die-hard leftists and celebrities are fleeing the state en masse, headed to greener, more conservative states like Texas and Florida.
Garvey, isn’t quite there yet. he’s not willing to give up on California. And so he’s going to stay and fight, fight for a way to make his state something to be proud of again.
Now, of course, most Republicans don’t even have a remote chance in hell of winning in such a state, where both the governor’s mansion and legislature have been leftist-led for decades now.
And yet, according to the most recent polls, Garvey isn’t doing too bad. In fact, he’s beating a few well-known Democrats.
As you may know, Feinstein’s seat is currently occupied by Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Laphonza Butler. But Butler is not seeking a full term.
This has left room for lifelong politicians and progressives such as Representatives Adam Schiff, Katie Porter, and Barbara Lee to run for the seat.
Naturally, with his loud mouth and constant need for approval, Schiff is leading the race so far, with about 25 percent of the vote. however, Garvey is only a few percentage points behind him, with 18 percent of the vote. Both Porter and Lee come in behind Garvey.
And for a Republican in California, that’s saying something.
Now, it’s only January still, and the state’s primary isn’t until March. So, we are still quite a long way off in election terms. But it’s a move in the right direction anyway.
And Garvey has only been on the campaign trail for about three months. All his Democrat contenders have been campaigning for a long while now.
Some of that success is likely due to his recent meeting with a Jewish group at Chabad of Tri-Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. Unlike most Democrats at the moment, the idea of supporting Jews or their community, or even meeting with them, is a bit of a nuclear topic.
For Garvey, it just shows his humanity and makes him more popular.
The current state of California also has a lot to do with Garvey’s popularity. As I already mentioned, things are worse than ever there and only getting worse, thanks to Democratic policies that continue to fail Californians.
People are tired of all that. they are tired of being lied to, having promises broken, and watching their lives and savings dwindle.
So will change their voting habits enough to elect someone like Garvey, a man who’s likely to make a few changes for the better in the Golden State? It’s too early to tell. Common sense says they should. But as we all know, habits die hard.