With Tuesday’s election behind us, the analyses across the country from local to national races are heating up. Election fraud charges are rearing up in several states, which will play out in the courts.
California is an interesting animal, and one the rest of the country should be wary of emulating. In 2018, ballot harvesting had a major impact on the midterm elections in California, when seven Republican candidates were leading on election night, but lost weeks later because of the delay in counting mail ballots – many of which were harvested.
Flash forward to 2020, and we see most of those same ballot-harvested congressional seats retained by Democrats.
But we also have numerous members of California’s congressional delegation winning with huge margins, while doing little to no actual campaigning.
I live in the 6th Congressional District, home to Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), a seat she has held since 2005 when her husband Robert Matsui, who was the Congressman for the district, passed away. Doris announced her candidacy for his congressional seat the day after his funeral, easily won election and hasn’t really campaigned since. In fact, most of her constituents rarely see her in Sacramento, and it is common knowledge she lives in Washington D.C. Even Wikipedia says, “The Matsuis moved to Washington, D.C. shortly thereafter (Robert’s 1979 election), where they raised their son.”
Her opponent this election, Chris Bish, a local businesswoman, discovered that Doris Matsui didn’t actually live in the district, but lived in Chevy Chase, MD, and Washington D.C.
Bish filed a lawsuit stating:
“Doris Matsui moved from California in 1979 to 5800 Kennedy Dr. Chevy Chase, Maryland, where she continuously resided until April of 2020 when she married Roger W. Sant and moved to Washington D.C.”
“She has established her residency/ domicile in the State of Maryland and has reaffirmed that residency several times over the years…”
“Doris Matsui claimed a tax exemption based on a claim that her residence in Chevy Chase Maryland was her primary residence for the years 2000 to 2009. When a Congressional ethics committee investigation was launched in 2008, she claimed it was a mistake and repaid the $2,800.00 in taxes to the State of Maryland. She once again claimed the primary residence exemption for the year 2010. Doris Matsui has never claimed a tax exemption for the 4230 Warren Ave. address in Sacramento, California, which she inherited and in fact has never lived there despite her use of that address to attempt to qualify for Congressional office. 6. In 2017, Doris Matsui signed a statement under oath that the 5800 Kennedy Dr. Chevy Chase, Maryland, was her primary residence for the purpose of obtaining a mortgage loan. At the time she signed the statement under oath she was a member of Congress from California. If her statement to Citi Bank under oath was true and correct then she was not qualified to be a candidate for the 2018 election to Congress from California. Further, she is disqualified from this election pursuant to California Election Code.”
According to candidate Bish, Staff Counsel, office of legal Affairs for the California Secretary of State referred this case to the election fraud unit. (lawsuit included below)
But is it too late? Did Matsui even care? Apparently Matsui was worried enough to buy for cash, a $1.795 million home in Sacramento’s Land Park neighborhood in August 2020. We will follow Bish’s legal challenge to Matsui – it’s been a well-known secret that Matsui hasn’t really lived in Sacramento for decades.
The internal polling for the Matsui campaign must have shown that Bish was no threat, so Doris Matsui did not even campaign. And here is why:
- Doris Matsui (D) 107,316 75.9%
- Chris Bish (R) 34,150 24.1%
The Matsui name is as golden in her district as Nancy Pelosi’s is in hers.
As for Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA), he was also MIA during the campaign. Most constituents the Globe talked to said they didn’t hear any radio ads, or see mailers, but his opponent Buzz Patterson was all over the 7th District, on radio and television. Although Patterson achieved significantly more votes than Bish did, it did not seem to matter in this race either:
- Ami Bera (D) 116,437 61%
- Buzz Patterson (R) 74,436 39%
Look at the wide margins in all of these California races – challengers didn’t even come close to the incumbents:
- Jared Huffman (D) 202,135 78%
- Dale K. Mensing (R) 56,204 22%
- John Garamendi (D) 123,527 58%
- Tamika Hamilton (R) 89,220 42%
- Shahid Buttar (D) 59,745 20.8%
- Nancy Pelosi (D) 227,989 79.2%
- Barbara Lee (D) 160,901 91.0%
- Nikka Piterman (R) 15,882. 9.0%
- Jackie Speier (D) 197,031 80.5%
- Ran S. Petel (R) 47,635 19.5%
- Eric Swalwell (D) 119,572 72.8%
- Alison Hayden (R) 44,752 27.2%
- Jim Costa (D) 92,921 60.5%
- Kevin Cookingham (R) 60,695 39.5%
- Ro Khanna (D) 125,258 74.1%
- Ritesh Tandon (R) 43,775 25.9%
- Zoe Lofgren (D) 135,927 74.1%
- Justin James Aguilera (R) 47,511 25.9%
- Jimmy Panetta (D) 186,617 78.2%
- Jeff Gorman (R) 52,132 21.8%
- Salud Carbajal (D) 169,061 62%
- Andy Caldwell (R) 104,016 38%
- Adam B. Schiff (D) 194,417 74%
- Eric Early (R) 68,110 26%
- Brad Sherman (D) 190,475 70.7%
- Mark S. Reed (R) 79,057 29.3%
- Lucille Royball-Allard (D) 90,612 72.8%
- C Antonio Delgado (R) 33,806 27.2%
- Mark Takano (D) 67,535 64.1%
- Aja Smith (R) 37,777 35.9%
- Maxine Waters (D) 145,866 72.5%
- Joe Collins (R) 55,224 27.5%
- Juan Vargas (D) 70.1% (108,986)
- Juan Hidalgo (R) 29.9%. (46,581)
- Scott Peters (D) 63.3% (200,919)
- Jim DeBello (R) 36.7% (116,606)
This is California under Democrat Supermajority rule. It’s not healthy.Doris Matsui lawsuit (Bish)