Denise Gitsham and Jacquie Atkinson are representing the Republican Party in their quest to beat Scott Peters (D-Rep), the 52nd Congressional District incumbent. I hope they improve their skills before the upcoming Primary because as of now they’re not looking good.
Before redistricting in 2010 the 52nd Congressional District was mostly comprised of north and east San Diego County. Today the 52nd spans north inland, north coastal and central coastal San Diego County.
Needless to say, redistricting increased the District’s diversity, though it still leans slightly Republican.
Both Bilbray and DeMaio were seasoned political opponents who had name recognition, debate experience and support from San Diego’s Republican establishment. Though they both fell short, it seems they were the Republican Party’s best chance to cease the 52nd.
This time around the Republican Party is at the mercy of two newcomers, Denise Gitsham and Jacquie Atkinson. Both of them are proving to be too inexperienced on the issues, organization and strategic communication to effectively challenge Peters.
Unfortunately, this type of fumbling will not overcome Peters’ strong voter base and name recognition within the District. To say the least this is concerning for conservative voters hoping to increase their advantage in the House of Representatives.
How To Beat Scott Peters
Scott Peters is vulnerable. He is running on the coattails of a highly unpopular lame-duck POTUS whose policies have failed miserably.
However, it’s going to take a candidate who has a firm grasp of the issues, Peters’ failed voting record and excellent rhetorical skills to convey why their ideas are better than Peters’ ideas in convincing fashion.
As a conservative voter I hope one of them will emerge with the policital moxy and rhetorical punch to deliver a knock-out blow on November 8, 2016.
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