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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Poll: Kamala Harris Is AG Front-Runner -- Until Pollster Starts Talking Dirty

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 6:30 PM

click to enlarge With how much salt shall we take Ted Lieu's new poll?
  • With how much salt shall we take Ted Lieu's new poll?
It's not every day that a political candidate eagerly publicizes a survey revealing he's polling in the single-digits and trails the leader by double-digits. And yet, this has turned out to not be a typical Attorney General's race.

Would-be AG and SoCal Assemblyman Ted Lieu's poll shows him trailing San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris; among 500 likely voters, she picked up 19 percent of the field, followed by 14 percent for Rocky Delgadillo, 7 percent for Lieu, 4 percent for Chris Kelly and 2 percent for Alberto Torrico. "Undecided" is the big winner at 41 percent.

Here's where things get interesting, though -- and nasty.

Running head-to-head against presumptive Republican AG candidate Steve Cooley Harris led, 33 percent to 30 percent. Lieu also outpolled the Republican, 29 to 28.

Then, however, the pollster Paul Goodwin started saying horrible, horrible things about Kamala Harris -- possibly foreshadowing Republican strategies of saying horrible, horrible things about Kamala Harris.

The voters were read the following paragraph and then asked their opinion about Harris. As you'll see, it's not surprising that most of them -- 62 percent -- weren't pleased with her afterward:

Kamala Harris opposes the death penalty. In fact, she refused to seek the death penalty for even a convicted cop-killer. She also refused the death penalty for an illegal immigrant gang member who murdered an entire family. This murderer was on the streets only because Harris had released him when he was arrested a few weeks earlier. And he was able to stay in San Francisco despite being arrested because Harris opposes deporting illegal immigrants, even after they commit violent crimes. She also created a program that trains illegal immigrants for jobs in the U.S. One illegal immigrant from her program robbed and then tried to murder his victim. Harris is strongly opposed by most prosecutors and police officers in the state, and especially by San Francisco's own police officers association, the group that knows her best.
And, one time, she kicked a puppy. There are any number of questionable statements in the above screed: Harris certainly didn't personally release Edwin Ramos; Harris' stance on sanctuary policy mirrors that of Gavin Newsom and George Gascon; Harris' "Back on Track" program wasn't for illegal immigrants but, through a snafu, several did get in (and, yes, one of them had robbed and attempted to murder his victim). Finally, regarding the Police Officers Association, anyone who's ever spoken to any cops and DAs off the record knows they get along like the Jets and Sharks -- but Harris' campaign manager, Brian Brokaw, said POA president Gary Delagnes had "given his word" the POA would remain neutral. Delagnes hasn't called us back.

In any event, the above paragraph may not be true -- but it is truthy. And it's likely that, should Harris outlast her Democratic opponents, we'll be hearing the above voiced in a slow, menacing tone while TV images of murder and mayhem play on the screen. I'm the Republican candidate, and I approved this message.

Brokaw, however, was confident that this kind of negative campaigning would backfire -- for the Republicans or anyone else. "We are not living in the 1980s anymore," he said. "Voters are a lot more intelligent than people give them credit for. They detect blatant untruths better than you think."

Well, good luck with that. Finally, Harris' man then questioned where Lieu's "head was" for publicizing a survey in which he's polling in the single digits. Perhaps Lieu needs a little more recognition. After all, that's not him in the photo atop this story. It's actor Ken Watanabe.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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