October 18, 2002
I was not surprised by The Times' endorsement of Gov. Gray Davis (editorial, Oct. 15). However, it was not a very flattering endorsement. You highlighted his "obsessive pursuit" of campaign dollars and his inability and slowness to "grasp the lead on critical issues," including his failure to act in a timely manner to head off the energy debacle. You implore him to drop the "perpetual fund-raising" and take the lead in finding solutions to the many problems that have escalated during his term.
October 5, 1986 |
When William E. Simon and Preston Martin ran into each other a few months ago at a christening ceremony for the child of a mutual friend, it proved to be far more than just a chance social encounter of old business colleagues. As circumstance would have it, both were casting about for new careers.
May 5, 2002 |
Not since Gov. Earl Warren led the Republican sweep of 1946 has one party swept all partisan offices in California. After 56 years, that may be about to happen again, if a current Field Poll is to be believed. Since the March 5 primary, Gov. Gray Davis has gone from a two-point deficit against his GOP challenger, Bill Simon, to a 14-point lead. If the election for governor were held today among Field Poll voters who have made up their minds, Davis would be reelected by a margin of 60% to 40%, roughly the same as his landslide election in 1998.
February 27, 2002 |
Struggling to regain his footing in a race long seen as his to lose, gubernatorial candidate Richard Riordan found himself Tuesday trying to convince supporters he finds it exciting that his solid lead in the Republican primary has withered into a dead heat. Coursing across Southern California, territory that his backers presumed would be securely in his column by now, he pounded his chief rival, Pacific Palisades businessman Bill Simon Jr., and cast himself as a more loyal Republican.
July 19, 2002
Please, please, is there any prominent politician willing to run as an independent (even as a write-in) for governor of California? Gov. Gray Davis or Bill Simon is a terrible, no-win choice. Former Rep. Leon Panetta, are you listening? Arlen Grossman Culver City
February 19, 2002 |
Bill Simon Jr., a political novice and Republican gubernatorial hopeful, touts his experience and accomplishments in business as qualifications to run California, home to the fifth-largest economy in the world. As he has campaigned, he has commiserated with small-business owners, spoken of his many corporate investments and boasted of being an "oil and gas man from way back."