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Craig Huey to Run for Assembly Seat

Businessman Craig Huey announces that he's seeking the new 66th Assembly District seat in the South Bay.

Craig Huey, the Torrance businessman who shocked many political analysts with a strong but ultimately unsuccessful run against Janice Hahn for the 36th District congressional seat earlier this year, will run for the newly created 66th Assembly District, which covers most of the South Bay, including the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the Beach Cities.

Huey, a Republican who lives in Rolling Hills Estates, announced his intentions at a news conference outside an abandoned warehouse in Torrance on Tuesday. He was surrounded by about two dozen supporters, including his wife Shelly, at the time.

"What's going on in Sacramento is killing business right now … and we're on a path that is only going to get worse," Huey said in a speech, later adding that "we have a crisis and we've got to stop this insanity."

Huey aims to bring the power in Sacramento back to the local level, he said. He also wants to stop what he called job-killing legislation and out-of-control government pensions.

"I will be on the warpath," he promised supporters.

He said he plans to run a clean campaign for positive change. After Huey finished talking, his wife, Shelly, addressed the audience.

The Congressional campaign "wasn't just grassroots," she said. "This isn't a shallow [effort] … this is an uprising."

"We live in a land that's a promised land here, and it's been hijacked," she later added, noting that her husband has the ability to rally the troops.

"It's going to be a fresh wind for Sacramento," Craig Huey said.

And as for Nathan Mintz, a Republican who declared his candidacy for the 66th Assembly District seat over the summer?

"We're hoping that Nathan will drop out of the race," Huey said.

Chris November 15, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Funny, but it looks like Nathan's base of support is just as signifigant...maybe he's not the one who needs to rethink this decision? Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs California Board of Equalization Vice-Chair Michelle Park Steel California Board of Equalization Member George Runner Former Congressman Steve Kuykendall State Senator Sharon Runner Assemblywoman Diane Harkey Assemblyman Cameron Smyth Assemblyman Don Wagner Assemblyman Bill Berryhill El Camino Community College Board President Bill Beverly Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin Torrance City Councilwoman Susan Rhillinger Torrance City Councilman Bill Sutherland Redondo Beach City Councilman Steve Aspel Redondo Beach City Councilman Steve Diels Redondo Beach City Councilman Matt Kilroy Hermosa Beach City Councilman Kit Bobko Rolling Hills Estates City Councilman Frank Zerunyan Hawthorne Mayor Pro Tem Alex Vargas Former Torrance City Councilman Dick Rossberg Former Manhattan Beach Mayor Bob Holmes Former Manhattan Beach Mayor Russ Lesser Former Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Ken Dyda Former Redondo Beach City Councilman Gerard Bisignano Former Redondo Beach City Councilman Don Szerlip Former Harbor City Neighborhood Council Member Renee Orefice http://www.mintz4assembly.com/endorsements/
John Stammreich November 15, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Chris - Keep that list handy, and check it again in about two weeks. Most of those endorsements came when it was Nathan versus to liberal CTA-supported candidate only. Meg Whitman proved that when she took over 25 high-level endorsements away from Poizner well before the 2010 Primary.
Anuris November 16, 2011 at 12:24 AM
What an arrogant ass! "We're hoping that Nathan will drop out of the race," This is all about Huey and his ego.
Charles E. Nichols November 16, 2011 at 01:09 AM
I'm sure the liberals like Mike Gin and Russ Lesser will stick with Mintz. But now that there is a conservative in the race, Mintz is history.
Chris November 16, 2011 at 02:22 AM
The only thing Meg has in common with Huey is the ability to lose a bunch of money while running a disastrous campaign. Not exactly the best example IMHO..
John Stammreich November 16, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Chris - you forgot a 3rd who spent a lot of money in 2010; Mintz. Unlike Huey and even me, Mintz was unable to beat the registration gap spread. Squishy Republicans never do; only conservatives do.
Chris November 16, 2011 at 03:13 AM
John- you lost to somebody without a pulse, Huey managed to get Hahn in office with his mealy campaign and Meg gave us Jerry Brown on a plate. You're right.. Mintz is a horrible example to follow! ;)
John Stammreich November 16, 2011 at 03:34 AM
The Dems spent more defeating me than they did helping Betsy defeat Nathan. Nathan only scored an additional 0.5% than me in his AD, despite outspending me 3-1. He also told donors not to support other GOP candidates. He's got NO public service or vilunteer record to run on. He's a lobbyist-in-training.
John Stammreich November 16, 2011 at 05:11 AM
And remember, Craig and I have actually won elections
John Stammreich November 16, 2011 at 05:11 AM
Nathan is 0-1.
Chris November 16, 2011 at 05:41 AM
Did they spend anything trying to defeat Nathan? Not really- it was a 'given' that Butler would win until the last minute; one wonders where all of those campaign funds actually ended up in the meantime. I look forward to reviewing Huey's public service and volunteer record-- with more than 30 years on Mintz it must be quite impressive. I'm also sure Nathan got his MSE from Stanford and holds a few patents in space object deployment systems in order to jump start his future lobbyist career. It all makes sense now.
Chris November 16, 2011 at 06:02 AM
Then why didn't you win the last ones?
Charles E. Nichols November 16, 2011 at 06:11 AM
A couple of folks seem to be overlooking the fact that Mintz has $12k in the bank and Craig Huey spent $2 million in the 36th CD special election. I'm sure Yosi and Yossi Mintz will each chip in $100 bucks each to his campaign, like they did in the last one, but no serious money is going to go Mintz' way. Craig Huey's only real concern is if the Democrats dump Al Muratsuchi and find a right of center Democrat with equally deep pockets to run in the district.
John Stammreich November 16, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Chris - you're actually making my point. Nathan has not had time, nor MADE time, to get involved in community service or assisting other candidates in elections. I repeatedly advised him to get involved in the RPV elections, where our GOP candidates were fighting a union-driven pension plan spike. All he wanted to do was write a small check and then stay away. RPV is the 2nd largest city in this new AD, and he chickened out because he did not want to upset anyone; especially one of his allies, Steve Wolowicz, who helped write the pension plan. Brooks and Duhovic won 1-2, despite the lack of help from Nathan. Nathan had a chance to stand up for Republican and conservative principles, and failed to do so because of a few early donors. Watch who our conservative RPV electeds endorse. The lobbyist bug bit Nathan last year when he saw how much fun it was hob-knobbing in Sacramento. He has already stated that his plan is to bring moderate GOP and moderate Dems together. Good Luck with that! The Dems won't support him because he's a "Tea Partier", and the conservative GOP won't support him because they know he won't be there unless it's politically beneficial to him.
John Stammreich November 16, 2011 at 06:16 PM
And I did win my last one - I was re-elected to the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council in December 2010. It's a district full of conservatives, liberals and union-backers who all agree that I listen to them without pandering to them. We get our hands dirty working with local constituents and hold the L.A. City government accountable for resolving issues in our 20,000+ resident district. I've only lost two elections since I was elected class president at McGeorge Law School. My record is 6-2, and only one of those was a GOP-only central committee. Why are you so gung-ho for a candidate with no community service, no previous civil service, and is unsure whether he is still aligned with the Tea Party's principles and values?
Todd November 16, 2011 at 08:01 PM
From Shelly Huey: "We live in a land that's a promised land here, and it's been hijacked," Wow. That really reeks of religiosity, and I am NOT a fan of that!
Charles E. Nichols November 16, 2011 at 08:51 PM
I'm an atheist. I have no problem with her statement.
elandro November 21, 2011 at 02:24 AM
i know huey and believe me, you do not want him representing our interests. he is a esxtremist and thinks we should all be forced to live as his religion says we should. he would legislate based on his religious beliefs. this would be another iran
elandro November 21, 2011 at 02:25 AM
that iws what makes him soooo very scary
elandro November 21, 2011 at 02:34 AM
almost forgot, this is the same guy that said those in his neighborhood opposed to his mega churches expansion are in league with satan. he sent this letter out. the neighbors were furious at him.
Catch A Wave November 24, 2011 at 06:18 PM
Huey and Mintz, both cut from the same cloth. Reactionary, despotic right-wing reactionary bigots headed for the stinking junk heap of failed political ambition.
James Anthony Bretney December 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM
As a reactionary, despotic right wing bigot, I will vote for anyone BUT THE COMMUNIST RICHARD BLOOM, current Mayor of Santa Monica. On his payroll is a goon named City Attorney Terry White. 20 years ago, Terry White couldn't convict the LAPD who beat up Rodney King. Richard Bloom hired White to prosecute misdemeanors for offense that include blocking an entrance, camping and public urination (Santa Monica is famous for its lack of public bathrooms.) Terry White, Richard Bloom's stooge, throws the book at law abiding citizens taking a no mercy, no quarter stance that would make Inspector Javert blush. Whether you vote for Stammerich, Huey, Mintz or even Betsy, don't vote for the neo-com Bloom. The man is a job killing weasel, who understands economics and small business as much as dolphin understands auto mechanics.

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