When I first met Mattie at agathering for LA bloggers to welcome R.S. McCain to Los Angeles this past summer, I wasn’t expecting her to be so outspoken on issues of concern to the gay community. But, even among this group of conservatives, she didn’t mince her words, telling me she opposed Proposition 8 and supported repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT).
A few days later, she showed up at a meeting of Log Cabin. And unlike some who have won the endorsement of that (ostensibly) Republican organization, when it comes to fiscal policy, Mattie leans toward liberty, believing “regulatory overkill” hinders the creation of jobs. She faults some Members of Congress for hiking taxes to pay for “government spending sprees”, believing that “Every dollar taxed is a dollar diverted from businesses and households.”
And she favors repeal of Obamacare.
Not that, her campaign has produced one of the most creative ads of the campaign.
Her cleverness notwithstanding, Mattie’s got a tough race on her hand, fighting 8-term incumbent Jane Harman in a district Obama carried by almost 2-to-1. Yet, even in the Democratic year 2008 in this Democratic state of California, Harman’s underfunded opponent captured over 30% of the vote. Just think how well Mattie could do if she had a little extra cash on hand in what’s bound to be a Republican year, maybe even here in the Golden State.
Please lend this fine and principled woman a hand so she can compete in the campaign’s home stretch.