Standing Tall for Conservatism
Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly on Tuesday announced his 2014 bid for California governor, wading into a race against People's Republic Governor Jerry Brown.
Donnelly, a gun-rights advocate, outspoken critic of illegal immigration and social conservative, said he is unfazed by a state electorate that leans far to his political left. He says his “guerrilla grass-roots” campaign will offer voters an alternative to the high taxes and what he calls government interference offered by Brown and his fellow Democrats reports CBS News.
“I can unite the divided majority that makes up California: people who work hard, who play by the rules and just want to be left alone by their government,” Donnelly, 47, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
In August, Donnelly said he would not send his son back to public school after California passed a law allowing transgender students to choose which restroom and locker room they use at school.
In a column on the conservative website WND, Donnelly wrote that under the bill from Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, the privacy rights of California students “will be replaced by the right to be ogled” and will encourage inappropriate behavior among hormone-driven teenagers.
He was also a staunch opponent of a bill passed in September to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
Donnelly, who represents a conservative Inland Empire district, has less than $40,000 combined in his two campaign accounts. Although his candidacy is likely to appeal to tea party sympathizers, Donnelly said he believes it will also resonate beyond the far right.
“I know that people have lost faith that you can win anything with grass roots, but I think we’re living in a unique time in California, where there’s so many people that feel like there’s something wrong,”
Rob Schneider Endorses Republican Tim Donnelly
for Governor of CA