The Secretary of State is the person in California charged with protecting the integrity of the voting system, reporting results of elections, and monitoring campaign integrity. So it is fitting that the GOP, in defeating Birther Queen Orly Taitz, instead nominated former XFL player and real estate company owner Damon Dunn, who describes himself as a "recovering non-voter" who never voted until 2009. He joins ticket-toppers Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, notorious non-voters both, on the GOP ticket.
Dunn is a self-described "recovering nonvoter" who hadn’t cast a ballot in an election until 2009. He had said his failure to vote would help him reach out to other nonvoters and inspire them to get involved.
This guy admits to having voted once – once! – before yesterday. Damon Dunn will fit right in with the women ex-CEOs atop the GOP ticket, though. Meg Whitman called her own voting record "unacceptable:"
Whitman sought to explain her spotty voting record for the first time after delivering a speech to a Republican women’s group.
"I was focused on raising a family, on my husband’s career, and we moved many, many times," she told reporters. "It is no excuse. My voting record, my registration record, is unacceptable."
During the state GOP convention in Indian Wells last weekend, Whitman repeatedly refused to answer questions about her voting record after The Sacramento Bee reported that the former eBay CEO was not registered to vote before 2002 and there was no evidence she had ever registered as a Republican before 2007.
And Carly Fiorina, who will challenge Barbara Boxer for the United States Senate, is not much better in this department. She said about her own failure to vote, "Shame on me:"
According to Fiorina’s campaign, she voted in six of 14 elections in California since 2000. She lived in New Jersey for the previous 10 years but never voted.
So when Californians hear this GOP team talk about not being career politicians, we need to remember: they are non-voters as well.