MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2007
Electoral Initiative Back…
With Big Bucks?
With homage to Mark Twain and his wry remarks about those who declare death too soon, the initiative to change how California’s votes for the White House is back up and running… and may have enough cash to gather the needed signatures in only three weeks.
The initiative, which received nationwide attention this summer, would mean that California’s 55 electoral votes would almost all be doled out by the presidential winner in each of the state’s congressional districts. And given the wide swath of GOP red in inland California, that could give the Republican nominee as many electoral votes here as could be won in Ohio.
Longtime GOP attorney Tom Hiltachk, the author of the initiative, pulled out of the campaign several weeks ago. But it’s now been revived by a group of conservatives that includes anti-tax crusader Lew Uhler and former 2003 recall campaigner Tony Andrade. Andrade submitted a similar initiative for circulation a few weeks before Hiltachk, but says he’s put his own version “on ice,” and is now focused on Hiltachk’s version.