WCPAC Interview: Chuck DeVore

posted at 8:06 am on October 19, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

I have three more interviews from Western CPAC to air today, and I’ll spread them through the day. First is Chuck DeVore, one of the conservatives running for statewide office in primaries against celebrity opponents. DeVore wants to run against Barbara Boxer in her re-election campaign next year. DeVore has to win the Republican primary against Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who served as a campaign adviser to John McCain in 2008. In meeting with bloggers at WCPAC, DeVore tells us why he’s delighted that Fiorina will enter the campaign, and that’s not just false campaign bravado:

We had a few opportunities to talk with DeVore over the course of the event, and each time he impressed as a man who relishes a debate on principles. Both he and Steve Poizner have celebrity opponents in the upcoming election; Poizner will run for governor against Meg Whitman (more later on that). DeVore believes that he will benefit from Fiorina’s national profile will mean more fundraising opportunities for DeVore. He’s already generated some impressive numbers, and polling shows him even with both Fiorina and Boxer. Fiorina, by the way, never made an appearance at WCPAC.

Speaking of national fundraising opportunities, Boxer will undoubtedly get plenty of attention from around the country for the opportunity to send her into retirement. DeVore wants to be the candidate who wants to return Boxer to “ma’am” status, and I’m certain he’ll get plenty of support for that mission.

Note: My camera ran out of juice during the interview, but Melissa Clouthier got the audio of the entire blogger conference.

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Good I welcome DeVore and wish him well. I just hope someone can successfully challenge Boxer (returning her to ‘mam status would be fine indeed).

Mr. Joe on October 19, 2009 at 8:11 AM

DeVore has to win the Republican primary against Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who served as a campaign adviser to John McCain in 2008.

Reason enough to support DeVore. Fiorina was iffy enough as a CEO but when she got on Team McCain it was the kiss of death as far as I was concerned.

highhopes on October 19, 2009 at 8:12 AM

I hope he wins. Now can we find someone to take Pelosi out of Congress? Carly worked for McCain and was associated with Goober Graham. Anybody with any ties to either one of those losers, is bad news.

suzyk on October 19, 2009 at 8:23 AM

I would defintely prefer DeVore over Fiorina, but I would still prefer Fiorina over Boxer (and Fiorina can finance her own campaign). If DeVore can win the primary great. If not, well Fiorina is far more preferable than Boxer.

Mr. Joe on October 19, 2009 at 8:25 AM

OK, he impressed the hell out of me in that interview. Does he actually have a shot against Boxer though? The Field Poll has him within the margin of error and her claims California is not as liberal as the elites would have you believe, but I’ve heard all that before only to see the liberals re-elected by a landslide.

Still, it is time to start getting serious about supporting conservative candidates and if this guy has a shot, I will support him full heartedly. He certainly looks like he could more than hold his own in a debate and in the spotlight.

DeVore for Senate in 2010!

Daemonocracy on October 19, 2009 at 8:30 AM

I just hope someone can successfully challenge Boxer (returning her to ‘mam status would be fine indeed).

Mr. Joe on October 19, 2009 at 8:11 AM

Challenging Boxer is going to be incredibly difficult, Californians are notoriously lazy, self-centered and narcissistic and Boxer has tens of millions of dollars of special interest and Union money backing her up, to call challenging her an uphill battle is the understatement of the century.

Not to say that there are not people willing to try, but with the kind of money she has and California’s unbelievably corrupt media, well Boxer’s future probably is (sad to say) not in much danger…

doriangrey on October 19, 2009 at 8:37 AM

I would defintely prefer DeVore over Fiorina, but I would still prefer Fiorina over Boxer (and Fiorina can finance her own campaign).
Mr. Joe on October 19, 2009 at 8:25 AM

So the ability to self-finance is more important than grassroots support?

highhopes on October 19, 2009 at 8:38 AM

Still, it is time to start getting serious about supporting conservative candidates and if this guy has a shot, I will support him full heartedly. He certainly looks like he could more than hold his own in a debate and in the spotlight.

DeVore for Senate in 2010!

Daemonocracy on October 19, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Yea, right…. (whips out clue-by-four) DeVore is a professional politician, he will be no different that Boxer, same political corruption, bought off by the exact same people who bought off Boxer, doing their bidding just like Boxer…

You go right ahead and vote for whomever you want, this conservative Californian wont be voting for anymore professional (corrupt) politicians ever again…

doriangrey on October 19, 2009 at 8:46 AM

i think we should rank in order of importance:

someone who can beat Boxer; or someone who is ideologically pure; or someone who can self-finance; one of the above; all of the above.

this is what keeps the Republicans in the minority–we can’t even agree what is most impt.

kelley in virginia on October 19, 2009 at 8:51 AM

i think we should rank in order of importance:

someone who can beat Boxer; or someone who is ideologically pure; or someone who can self-finance; one of the above; all of the above.

this is what keeps the Republicans in the minority–we can’t even agree what is most impt.

kelley in virginia on October 19, 2009 at 8:51 AM

We have compromised our way to where we now are. It genuinely isnt about being ideologically pure, it’s now about being corrupt or being honest. If a politician is officially in either party, then they are corrupt, and you can take that to the bank…

doriangrey on October 19, 2009 at 9:00 AM

this is what keeps the Republicans in the minority–we can’t even agree what is most impt.

kelley in virginia on October 19, 2009 at 8:51 AM

It’s an easy ranking for me.

Ideas are the most important (ideologically pure seems to be a bit extreme). The right message will correct the lack of funding.

Then comes the finance bit because a statewide contest in California (or anywhere) costs millions to run. It’s important but shouldn’t be the driving force in who gets the nomination.

Finally comes the electabilty thing. A RINO who would vote with the Democrats in order to retain power is no better than leaving the seat with the Democrat. As a McCain supporter, I suspect that Fiorina would be nothing more than a West Coast version of the Maine sisters. Besides, I’m leary of CEOs that are forced out of their jobs and decide to run for public office. If Fiorina was so good at her job, why doesn’t she still have it?

highhopes on October 19, 2009 at 9:06 AM

i think we should rank in order of importance: someone who can beat Boxer; or someone who is ideologically pure; or someone who can self-finance; one of the above; all of the above. this is what keeps the Republicans in the minority–we can’t even agree what is most impt. kelley in virginia on October 19, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Isn’t politics more of a both/and as opposed to items being ranked? All three items have interplay but in the end we have to live with a candidates ideology and not the other two.

Mojave Mark on October 19, 2009 at 9:26 AM

You go right ahead and vote for whomever you want, this conservative Californian wont be voting for anymore professional (corrupt) politicians ever again…

doriangrey on October 19, 2009 at 8:46 AM

Then I suggest you stand aside and let the big boys (and girls) do the heavy lifting of trying to reform the party.

Myself, I’ll accept getting the Democrats *out* of power and Barack Obama *out* of office, both at the soonest opportunity.

gryphon202 on October 19, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Fiorina, by the way, never made an appearance at WCPAC.

Given that attendees had to denounce each other as kooks, seems a smart choice.

Chris_Balsz on October 19, 2009 at 10:48 AM

his is what keeps the Republicans in the minority–we can’t even agree what is most impt.

kelley in virginia on October 19, 2009 at 8:51 AM

We need to get the current White House occupant OUT. We need to start at the state primaries level and get new blood IN congress. How’s that for priorities? Short, sweet and to-the-point.

gryphon202 on October 19, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Not my state to fight over, but I think Fiorina is the only chance to oust Boxer. And it would be a GREAT improvement.

Highly suggest you guys get behind Carly.

connertown on October 19, 2009 at 11:07 AM

You people need to get it through your heads that CPAC is no longer a fair, decent and scrupulous conservative organization.

Stop going to CPAC. Period.

By pulling out “the good stuff” from these CPAC meetings you are enabling scoundrels. CPAC has to go down.

pabarge on October 19, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Then I suggest you stand aside and let the big boys (and girls) do the heavy lifting of trying to reform the party.

Myself, I’ll accept getting the Democrats *out* of power and Barack Obama *out* of office, both at the soonest opportunity.

gryphon202 on October 19, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Put the crack pipe down and back slowly away from it, neither party can be reformed and deluding yourself that they can just makes you look like a fool. I suggest you STFD and STFU, I am not about to get out of any ones way, and as for the big boys, that would be me.

doriangrey on October 19, 2009 at 7:40 PM