California gubernatorial candidate, Chelene Nightingale, an American Constitution Independent, will walk from Fresno to Sacramento in an effort to bring attention to the unemployment and water crisis in the Central Valley region, as well as meet the people of California along the way who are enduring difficult times.
The Nightingale campaign will also be joined by supporters during the walk and will attend a kick-off rally on September 3rd at Koligian Park, in Fresno. The rally will begin at noon on Friday.
“I am looking forward to hearing from Californian’s and learn what they are worried about as we endure a long recession,” Nightingale said. “It’s going to be a long eight days, but the voters are worth it.”
The 189.2 mile walk to the State Capitol will continue for 8 days ending on Friday, September 10th in Sacramento at 2:00p.m.
The Nightingale for Governor Campaign intends to collect and deliver hardship letters from California voters to the state legislatures when the walk finishes.
The California walking destinations include Madera, Chowchilla, Merced, Turlock, Ripon, Lodi, and Elk Grove. The culmination of the 8-day walk will end every day with a rally. The expected arrival times for the daily rallies will be 7:00 p.m. Nightingale says she would like to meet as many Californians as possible during the meet and greet walk.
The walk will allow the third- party candidate to talk with voters and get them involved in California’s voting process. Currently, the state is not too friendly or inclusive of third-party candidates.
According to the California Secretary of State website, Mrs. Nightingale won a little over 58 percent of the American Independent party vote securing her place on the November midterm election ballot.
Nightingale also captured the most votes by parties voting outside the quasi-traditional Democrat or Republican organizations.
Nightingale knows that she capable of attracting a crowd with her Conservative message, and is disappointed that she hasn’t been invited to any of the debates that GOP Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown have agreed to attend, specifically the one on September 28 at U.C. Davis.
“All candidates are supposed to be created free and equal at state institutions which University of California at Davis is, but my campaign is not giving up hope and we remain optimistic the debate organizers will change their minds and include us,” Nightingale explained.
When asked about the constant battle with establishment candidates, Nightingale laughs and says “the voters of California are the ones who should be outraged.”
With GOP Senator Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts as inspiration, Steve Poizner’s campaign has risen from the dead and pulled within 10 points of Meg Whitman in the Republican primary race for governor.
While the numbers come from internal polling, the outfit providing the intel is none other than Senator Scott Brown’s public polling firm. The numbers demonstrate “how fluid the race is,” said Neil Newhouse of Public Opinion Strategies.
The polling concluded on Tuesday and demonstrated that the 800 likely Republican voters were taking a second look at Poizner. Approximately 38 percent said they would vote for Whitman, while 28 percent favored Poizner and 30 percent were undecided. Just over a month ago Whitman led by nearly 50 points.
Newhouse said that outside the San Francisco Bay Area, Whitman’s lead is cut to five points, 35 to 30 percent with a month to go until the primary election. “This race is eerily similar to the Brown, Coakley race,” he said.
“Where we are running our messaging, we have closed from 48 points down to five points. Meg, the marketing expert, needs a refresher course because she probably could have spent less than $70 million to lose 43 points, but at least she provided a bailout for her political consultants who she needs to remind her of her deeply held beliefs,” said Team Poizner Communications Director Jarrod Agen. “We all know Meg went on a climate change cruise with Van Jones and Jimmy Carter, now she’s become the most expensive melting glacier in political history.”
The California Republican governor’s race has now shown signs of life and with 30 days until voters hit the booth, Poizner’s camp says the energy has shifted in their favor.
“Our poll shows that Meg Whitman’s lead over Steve Poizner, which we measured at 59%-11% in February, has closed to 38%-28%, with Whitman holding just a ten-point lead,” Agen explains. “Further, it’s important to note that even though Whitman has spent considerable resources in the area, Steve has not yet aggressively advertised in the San Francisco Bay Area market. “
Poizner’s camp explains that like the Scott Brown race in Massachusetts; ”this race has been largely misunderstood by the media. Campaigns, especially primary campaigns, and especially in large states like California, are seldom won three or four months out from election day.”
With the President discussing the immigration issue at a White House Cinco de Mayo event and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano saying the Democrats are “focused on the border like a laser,” a fair question for Poizner is the immigration issue that has exploded across the nation.
“The federal government has not done enough to end illegal immigration, leaving states like Arizona and California to take fend for themselves,” said Team Poizner’s Agen. “Like Meg Whitman, President Obama has called for an amnesty plan that allows illegal immigrants to pay a fine, go to the back of the line, and become citizens. Steve Poizner strongly opposes amnesty and he is the only candidate in this race that is willing to make ending illegal immigration a top priority.”
Since Arizona passed its tough new illegal immigration law, many California cities have decided to boycott or denounce Arizona. Poizner says he would ‘get tough’ on the issue in California if were governor.
“Steve supports Arizona’s new law, which takes a bold approach to dealing with illegal immigration while making it crystal clear that racial profiling is both illegal and wrong. Arizona has acted because the federal government has failed to secure our borders,” Agen said. “It is time for California to do the same and, as governor, Steve pledges to make stopping illegal immigration one of his highest priorities. He has detailed a bold plan to address the crisis, which includes cutting off taxpayer-funded benefits to illegal aliens, employing state resources to help secure our borders, ending sanctuary cities, and cracking down on employers who hire illegal aliens”
Poizner points out while Whitman and her liberal allies in Congress want to reward illegal aliens with a ‘pathway to citizenship,’ he has just two words: ‘No Amnesty.’