I Want To Be A Republican Insurgent
I am a straight shooter. But when it comes to politics, I’m gonna grab you by the throat and other places and you won’t even know. In politics, the best hit, the best hit, and I’m talking sniper politics hit… the best hit is when they get killed and they don’t even know who did it. So in politics, I’m an insurgent.
This was Mayor Randy Voepel, trying to explain the contradictions in his rambling speech to the CRA. The woman who posed the question was confused and it’s not hard to see why, if you listen to the full speech (below). Here are a few “highlights.”
If you elect me and send me to the State Assembly, I’ve got a game plan that is not secret. I’ll tell you why. You have to keep things secret when you can’t execute. Okay? When you gotta sneak up on somebody and ambush ’em, that means you can’t really execute. Me, if anybody knows me, and a lot of people in this room do, I come straight down the snot locker at you. I don’t mess around. If you elect me and put me into Sacramento, I will be a minority Republican. Okay? I’ll be a rookie. It will take me a month to find my parking spot. I know that.
So when I go, I’m gonna hit the ground running, but I’m gonna keep my mouth shut for a year.
If only he could have kept his mouth shut for the last sixteen years as mayor of Santee.
But wait a second, did I hear that right? His plan is to do nothing for the first year of his term? That seems like a waste of taxpayer money. But okay, what will he do after the first year?
I’m gonna sit there for a year, observe. I’m gonna see where the power is. I’m gonna see where the different, the different connections are. And then, a year after that, I’ll start moving and shaking.
Hold on. Randy. You do realize that the term for State Assembly is only two years long, don’t you? And from what you’ve just said, you don’t plan to do anything for two years. That’s the whole term. No wonder you want the job. I’d love to draw a salary to do nothing but search for my parking space.
And what’s number one to the CRA? I don’t know.
Glad you’ve done your research. But I guess you’ve got two years to figure out what the CRA wants, since you plan to do nothing else during that time.
What I’m going to do, a year and a half into the term, if you elect me, and endorse me, I’m going to nail and identify the weakest Democrat seat. And then we will marshal every Republican insurgent to get rid of that Democrat.
Guess what, Randy? If your plan is to do nothing for a year and half to two years, I’ve got a pretty good idea what the weakest seat in the State Assembly will be, and it won’t be a Democrat.
We will do everything you people believe in daily in Sacramento.
Yup. Just as soon as he figures out what that is.
We’ll do it smart and we’ll do it a little bit sneaky. I’m telling ya straight up.
Now do you see why the woman who asked the question was confused? The mayor told us earlier in his talk that, “You have to keep things secret when you can’t execute.” So by the mayor’s own logic, he can’t execute on this brilliant plan of his. Maybe this is just sleep deprivation, since he claims to sleep only four hours per night.
So Why Run?
I’m so anti-government, I don’t even like my own government.
So, Mayor Voepel, if you don’t like government, why are you running for State Assembly? Someone asked the mayor why he’s running. The answer may shock you. Or just confuse you.
Why do this silly thing and go to Sacramento, leave my wife that I really do love? Oh and by the way, I had to make a deal with her. When I go to Sacramento, I can’t have a girlfriend.
Wow, the sacrifices of a public servant. I’m glad he was able to come to some agreement with his wife, however difficult that may be for him. But go on, Randy. Why are you running for State Assembly?
Here’s the reason I’m doing it. I’ve been in the insurance business for thirty eight years, I’ve made a very good living. I will be retiring out of the insurance business because in 2016 I will be sixty six years old. How long can you sell insurance? …It’s a grind and I’m done with the grind. I will sell my book of business for a gazillion dollars I think. I will also be done with mayor. I’ve been mayor in 2016 for sixteen years.
Sure. Done with insurance. Done being mayor. Maybe it’s time to retire?
So what am I gonna do at age sixty six when I cash in all my chips? Why not cause trouble in Sacramento? That’s it. That’s my motivation. I want to be a Republic insurgent.
That’s it? Seriously? Look, maybe Randy is just making a joke here. But the people of District 71 deserve a serious answer. We have a lot of problems in our district that need to be addressed. We have high taxes. We have high unemployment. We’re still suffering from a drought.
I want someone in State Assembly who will represent the interests of me and my neighbors. Not play war games. Randy, if you want to retire, go to Scottsdale and play golf. Leave politics to those who take it seriously.
You can listen to the full recording here: