May 11th, 2010
08:49 PM ET
12 years ago

Conservative gives the candidate he backs in California an ultimatum

(CNN) - A prominent conservative is issuing an ultimatum, essentially telling the candidate he supports to do better in the polls – or lose his support.

Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of, backs Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in the California Republican senate primary. DeVore is locked in a battle with former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Rep. Tom Campbell for the right to face Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

Speaking Tuesday with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Erickson – a CNN contributor - said he won't support DeVore much longer if the candidate does not improve his political standing.

"Look, if Chuck DeVore hasn't gone up in the polls within two weeks significantly, I'll be with Carly Fiorina because Tom Campbell is that bad," Erickson said.

DeVore is considered the more conservative of the three candidates. But Campbell has maintained a steady lead over his opponents in recent polls even as both DeVore and Fiorina attack him as too liberal.

"There are a lot of Republicans who feel like Chuck Devore, with four weeks left, hasn't been able to surge," Erickson said on CNN's John King, USA. "And it's everybody, anybody but Campbell."

Filed under: 2010 • California • Chuck DeVore • Erick Erickson • JKUSA • John King USA
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. jimmm

    So much for sticking with your principles.

    May 11, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. GaryB

    I can't believe anyone who would back DeVore would even consider backing a train wreck like Fiorina. Even if one ignores the fact that she nearly killed Hewlett Packard, her conservative credentials consist primarily of her ability to throw conservative buzzwords into her speeches at regularly timed intervals - whether or not they make sense. I've yet to see her utter a single original thought.

    May 11, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. Mike in New Orleans

    You've got to obey the right wing conservative compassionate christians, or they'll kill you.

    May 11, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. Master of Deception

    It is amazing how Sarah Palin is always a head of the game.

    Erickson can't be serious. Four weeks until the primary and he is giving Devore 2 more weeks to show improvement.

    No wonder CA is bankrupt.

    DeVore should have dropped out weeks ago.

    It is to late Erickson. You picked another loser.

    May 11, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  5. Jim in San Mateo

    These Republicans don't have a clue. Perhaps we can sell them one. California is a BLUE STATE. The more conservative you are, the worse you do, except maybe in the primary, but even there moderates do have a chance.

    Why Erick thinks that a failed and fired CEO is a likely winner is beyond me. Perhaps he has too much red tint on his glasses? Hmmnm...

    May 11, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  6. CBR

    Giving an ultimatum to a candidate you support is so childish that CNN should be embarrassed to even run this article.

    Just who are these people? Where does their power come from? Who elected them KING?

    May 11, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  7. WalterJesseSmith

    It does my heart good to see the reactionaries waste their money on other reactionaries. But it is also sad to see there is no coherent republican party to challenge the bizarre, Wall Street protecting-while-bashing democrats.

    May 11, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. Michigan

    I give Erickson credit for saying this. I agree and I hope Californian conservatives realize this as well.

    Palin called it. She was right...Follow her lead Erickson.

    May 11, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. normajean

    I'm curious as to why officials in other states are taking such an interest in candidates for office in California. Now that we are in desperate financial trouble and not too happy with "Arnie" I wonder if interference from out of state., might have "won" him for us.. Please leave us alone and let us decide for ourselves who we want in office. We don't need your input Please mind your own business.

    May 11, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. George of the jungle

    This sounds like something a stupid repo would say.

    May 11, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. fjk

    This guy Erickson is an idiot (you tend to pick them CNN); in effect he says, show me you are a winner or I won't back you any more !

    That's why he's a loser on the commie news network, and Sarah Palin is Sarah Palin.

    May 11, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  12. Ann

    Once again its compromise our principles with Erick Erickson. I did that with Arnold and I won't do it again. If it means Boxer keeps her seat because I won't vote for Fiorina, so be it. I will NOT compromise my convictions and principles one more time. That's what has gotten us in the mess we're in. So much for Erickson. OH maybe he needs to look at the last Rasmussen poll. DeVore is within 3 pts of Boxer. The newest poll done in O.C gave DeVore the highest favorables with Republicans and Decline-to-State, of which I'm one. I'm not with the GOP. Also the latest field poll had Fiorina dropping, Campbell stagnant and DeVore rising. I WON"T compromise.

    May 11, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. Aaron

    Talk about fickle supporters. With friends like Erickson, Devore doesn't need enemies.

    May 11, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  14. Walter

    BOY, what ever happened to Reagan's 11th commandment ?

    "Thou shall not speak ill of another Republican"

    May 11, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  15. Djinn

    He should have known, they eat their young! Repugnican, right wing nutjobs are so crazed for power and for losing power , that they will do anything to forward their radical agenda.

    May 11, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  16. Michigan

    Palin called it....follow her lead Erickson.

    May 11, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  17. Myron

    This Erickson has been over at Red State for weeks talking about how he's four-square behind Devore. I guess loyalty only goes so far in politics.

    May 11, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  18. CCCool

    Re: Jeff Simon's article about Jonathan Alter's new book: Mr. Simon, It's quite reasonable to expect you to learn the difference between "it's" and "its". No-I'm not being picky. If you weren't a journalist, normal English usage wouldn't be a requirement. Surely you're not depending on a computer spell-checker. We all know that that's the same as depending on nothing.

    May 11, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    So, Chuck DeVore, if elected would represent ... Erick Erickson and not his district in California?

    If I were DeVore, I'd tell Erickson to go stuff it! Unless, DeVore cares more about money and getting elected than in truly doing right by his real constituents ...

    May 11, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  20. idesign

    You libs are soooooooo jealous of her appeal. You feel soooooo threatened by what she says. She is the anti-Obama and your taunts never hit their target.

    May 12, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  21. Thans Erick

    You go get 'em Erick. You and your idiot teabagger friends are doing a great job destroying the republican party. If the repub candidates don't tow the hard Right nut case line, you'll just work against them....Hey, keep it up. We Demos love it!

    May 12, 2010 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  22. idesign

    Sarah rising, Obama failing.

    Life is good.

    May 12, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  23. Tom in California

    "And it's everybody, anybody but Campbell."

    Yep! Sen. Barbara Boxer will do!

    May 12, 2010 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  24. Richard Larson

    Whom ever it is that the Right-Wingnuts select in this primary, they will be standing at point zero looking up a figurative Mount Everest to even begin to make any inroads against Boxer. Campbell has the best chance to challenge, but he won't get all the republican votes giving Boxer in the neighborhood of a 60% / 40% electoral margin.

    Erickson and his followers at "Red State" should ask themselves if it is worth it to complete the destruction of the GOP that was begun by Obama in 2008. Doesn't bother me any because I think that true patriots would do everything they possibly could to engage as many americans as possible in terms of an inclusive political and philosophical agenda. Continue to reject, out of hand, everyone who thinks differently from you and you will eventually find yourselves completely marginalized and unable to influence anyone with an ounce of intellectual or moral honesty.

    May 12, 2010 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  25. sue

    As a CNN contributor, why is he providing such personal opinions? Should he not present conservative perspectives and rationale so the audience sees a different POV? He is ruining any ctedibility CNN has. Send him to Fox already.

    May 12, 2010 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
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