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Candidates Don't Show Leadership

February 04, 1990

I have been following with great interest the special election race in the Republican Party for the 31st Senate District vacated by Sen. William Campbell. Like most residents of this district, I have been amused, entertained, bored, surprised and even shocked at the cruelty in words that grown men use to deprecate each other.

What I have not heard or seen in the literature that I have received is any cadence of leadership from any of the candidates. One would think that this special election would be the opportune moment where a candidate could distinguish himself by his rhetoric and character, thus showing the public the first fruits of a promising political leader. What I got instead were "wimps" that have tried to sound like leaders.

What I want is to know that the candidate I select could not only lead our district, but in time would be part of a pool of future political leaders that would eventually provide leadership for the state in the next century. With the choices presented to me, I do not feel that the future of my generation stands on solid ground. Often, I feel like a voter being courted by suitors that do not entice or excite me. Perhaps I am asking too much. But as a voter, I just wish that one of the candidates would satisfy my hunger for leadership.

The literature that I have received has been insulting. I would never vote for or against someone based on accusations, innuendoes or potholders. I am indignant over those candidates that believe that my intelligence is at the level of one of Pavlov's dogs. They may drag their character and intelligence in the sewers, but I will not join them. It is too bad that I have to choose the future senator of this district based on this kindergarten rhetoric.

Californians are known to produce great wines. The grapes that produce these wines are nurtured and are not taken from the vine until they are ready for the public. I feel that most of the current assemblage of candidates for the 31st Senate District are not ready for the public. They should remain on the vine until they mature, because the challenges that we will face in our senatorial district in this decade will most likely temper a man and forge a future leader for California.

NOEL A. JAIMES

La Mirada

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