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California Governor's Race: Final Hours for a Failed Governor

Sunday, 03 November 2002 12:00 AM

A less honorable man than Bill Simon might be asking himself, "How can I win when I'm being so completely outspent? How can I possibly prevail when the LA Times and San Francisco Chronicle take turns smearing me on a daily basis?"

All that money, $30 million spent on attack ads in the last six months, and Gov. Gray Davis hasn't moved an inch in the polls. Running in place, running out of time.

The answer is straightforward, Bill. You are running against the most corrupt governor this state has ever witnessed. It's sickening. And more people in the Democratic Party, those who have traditionally backed Davis, people he once deemed staunch allies, can't stand another day of it.

There's no man more aware of the public's level of distrust and contempt than the governor himself. Last week's focus group test of "the good Gray" TV ads were pulled after they produced howls of laughter from screeners.

It is in these last days of a very sorry four years when the survival instinct kicks in. Whether in manufacturing the appearance of enthusiastic support or being the desperate beneficiary of the Democratic Party's only real tactical advantage, vote fraud, all vital signs of legitimacy have long faded away.

Wednesday morning, Nov. 6, will be "Day 1" of a likely avalanche of reports on ballot stuffing, polling place intimidation, election "irregularities" and outright fraud.

And Bill Simon will be declared the victor. But it won't be for lack of Davis pulling out all the stops.

Monte Sereno businessman Frank Pollifrone, 40, provides a revealing account of how a Republican voter survived, unscathed, a Palo Alto "Town Hall Meeting" featuring Gray Davis.

"So, I'm on my way to what's been billed as a Town Hall meeting with Governor Davis. Granted, I'm a relatively new Republican voter, but I'm living in the Silicon Valley and I want to know what he has to say about the sinking economy and businesses fleeing the state."

Pollifrone had completed an online invitation that read:

"Silicon Valley Town Hall Meeting, Bring your friends, family and colleagues for a visit with Governor Davis about issues affecting Silicon Valley, the local economy, and issues important to you and your family, sponsored by Technet."

When Frank arrived at the event parking lot, he immediately asked a group of men if they knew anything about the Davis event. "Right here. You with UPAG?" (UPAG, an AFL-CIO affiliate, is the Union Painters Association Guild). Pollifrone said, "No, I'm not a member of UPAG."

A neatly dressed young man handed out bright blue "UPAG for Davis" shirts and picket signs to roughly 100 union members. Meanwhile, groups of grassroots demonstrators had brought their own signs: "Gray 'Show me the Money' Davis,'' "Governor for Sale!" and a long "Dump Davis" banner.

Several minutes later Pollifrone, feeling entirely alone, entered the conference room filled with the blue-shirted UPAG union members, ready in their choreographed positions.

"There I stood wearing a preppie sweater and wool baseball cap, not wearing the prized UPAG T-shirt. I stuck out like Opie at a quaint evening with the Hell's Angels," he said.

"At this point I was singled out, not by a hairy 280-pound union worker named Biff, but instead by a neatly dressed young man in a suit. He asked me if I would step outside into the lobby. I recognized him. He was the man outside giving the union boss instructions.

"He asked me if I was an invited guest. I said, 'Yes, I RSVP'd online.' I displayed my Town Hall Meeting printout. He then led me to the front reception desk where the young woman at the desk was asked if I had checked in. She said, 'Yes, he did. I remember him.'

"He then said, 'Check again.' He then turned to me and asked, 'What are you doing here?' At this point I realized that this person was not with the greeting committee.

"I was afraid that the next words to come from his mouth might have been in a thick German accent, 'May I see your papers, achtung!?' I said, I'm here as an entrepreneur and I'm interested in the issues that affect California. I was then released and again entered the large conference room awaiting Mr. Davis.

"As the press corps prepped for that magical moment, I initiated some small talk with a writer from the San Jose Mercury News. No sooner had I spoken to the reporter when I was approached a second time by another young man. He asked, 'Are you with the Simon Camp?' Again I reiterated my mantra about being a concerned Californian. He warned, 'I would appreciate good behavior, being that we're so close to the election.'

"At this point the entire Davis staff consistently whispered as I meandered about, attempting to locate the hors d'oeuvres. Worse yet, it appeared the word had spread through the union staff that I was an intruder. They were not happy with me milling about.

"Forty-five minutes late, Gray Davis entered the room, took to the podium and began to speak of his record on better test scores for kids and his successful track record in promoting business in Silicon Valley and California.

"Perhaps he thought that he was Rod Serling taking us back through a timeless sci-fi dimension of yesteryear. All I could think was if he 'assisted' California any more, the only company that would exist would be my daughters' lemonade stand.

"Incredibly, Davis seemed to blame the audience when he said, 'I didn't build the economy, you did. These are forces well beyond the control of any governor.'"

Pollifrone had earlier submitted a question and was hoping the governor would hear it, as the Q&A segment started. "The first question began as did most others, 'I must commend you, Mr. Davis for … or 'You've been terrific with. …' After several of these inane commendations, Pollifrone realized his question would not be asked.

"However, the good news was that I went home safely, thankfully without being chaperoned by the secret police. I never would have guessed that the longest walk through a dark parking lot would have taken place outside an elected official's Town Hall."

Engaged, patriotic, concerned American voters are well aware that illegal immigrants and others not authorized to do so are voting. In a state with Proposition 52, the Election Day Registration measure, on the ballot, examining the issue of vote fraud could not be more timely.

It's estimated that for every four authorized, legitimate votes, there's one unauthorized illegitimate vote that undermines and annuls true polling outcomes.

Why the dramatic statistic? Because half of all registered voters don't bother voting at all.

Here's one man's story about what's happening in San Bernardino County, and perhaps in other counties in California.

Frank Vera, 49, a Vietnam-era veteran living in Redlands, describes himself as a "whistle blower and a patients' rights advocate for U.S. veterans." Mr. Vera believes that illegal immigrants are voting and, in essence, determining America's future.

He may have a point. Immigrants' rights groups are relentless and rules seem made to be broken, Republican politicians are too timid to demand that voting procedures be purified, and literally anyone who wants to vote can vote. That includes dogs and cats.

Mr. Vera forwarded to me the entire San Bernardino, Calif., voter registration database for this election cycle. Anyone can do it. It costs about $150 and can be purchased from the county registrar.

Vera says, "San Bernardino is the largest county in the U.S. and one of the most corrupt, with a long history of voter fraud. It is maintained very poorly. They have no quality control guidelines. In many districts two people are required for data entry, then they compare the entries to identify discrepancies. San Bernardino County officials say they 'don't have the money to do it.'"

Here's what was found using basic queries in the current database:

In closing, this writer has long believed that rational, commonsense voters, both Republican and Democrat, have given up on California. To read the "progressive" newspapers, the cause for conservative Democrats, Christians and others raised in traditions now trashed by the left, is hopelessly lost. They've tuned out, don't vote and distrust all politicians. In many ways, their sentiment is understandable.

However, a sea change is occurring in how people get and use information. With their overwhelming persistence in uncovering more and more cases of vote fraud, real people have made a difference and forced gutless politicians to respond.

In national reports from individual states, it is clear: Democrats are consistently being nabbed in vote fraud schemes.

Former Attorney General Janet Reno obstructs efforts by average Americans to oversee clean voting in Miami.

Democrat Senators Chuckie Schumer and Ron Wyden worked diligently to eliminate the photo ID requirement at polling places.

And finally, our less-than-popular governor, Joseph Gray Davis, has said, and done, nothing about repeated acts of vote fraud, despite mountains of evidence.

Newspapers like the LA Times and the San Francisco Chronicle bask in the absurdity of a world they invent, facts they ignore, and agendas they protect.

More and more people by the day are getting wind of it. Couple the enormous popularity and astounding influence of NewsMax with the convergent explosion of talk radio, and you have an entirely new and powerful dynamic the now dying-on-the-vine media have no answer for: the new Underground Railroad. It's refreshing and a distinct cause for optimism.

It is for this fundamental reason that I pursued writing for NewsMax way back in July. I want to thank Chris Ruddy for giving me the opportunity to do a weekly column on the California governor's race. It's been fun and a privilege.

My prediction back in February is still the same today:

Bill Simon, your next governor of California.

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