Calif. GOP in Search of New Identity

Monday, 04 Mar 2013 02:30 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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A top Democratic political consultant says California's GOP is “too white, too right, and too uptight,’’ The Los Angeles Times reports.

“That's why the Republican Party can't come back in California,’’ veteran strategist David Townsend told the newspaper.

The Times noted that top Republicans at the party's state convention over the weekend made similar observations, “in softer tones and absent the negativity.’’

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U.S. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, California's highest-ranking Republican, also told the Sacramento Press Club the GOP “should embrace a little bit of libertarianism.’’

According to the Times, the California Republican Party is 82 percent white, compared with 56 percent for both Democrats and independents.

“This matters because white views on key issues sometimes are rejected by the rest of the electorate in this ethnically diverse state,’’ said Times columnist George Skelton.

Skelton reports that the Field Poll conducted last week found among state Republicans that 72 percent call themselves conservative, compared to only 17 percent of Democrats and 32 percent of independents who view themselves the same way.

Skelton writes: “This pushes the GOP far to the right of the rest of California in its opposition to gun control, same-sex marriage, legalizing marijuana and taking action against global warming, the Field Poll says.’’

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