Tim Donnelly (politician)

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In January 2013, Donnelly announced his bid for governor of California. Donnelly was endorsed by Hollywood actor Rob Schneider. [30]

In May 2014, during his campaign, a Donnelly campaign associate posted comments on Donnelly's official campaign Facebook page claiming that his Republican primary opponent Neel Kashkari had "supported the United States submitting to the Islamic, Shariah banking code in 2008" when Kashkari served as Under Secretary of the Treasury and administered the 2008 bank bailout. [31] Donnelly's claim drew swift rebukes from other Republicans and Muslim groups. [32] [31] Representative Darrell Issa, Republican of California, said: "As far as I'm concerned, this type of stupidity disqualifies Tim Donnelly from being fit to hold any office, anywhere. [32] California Republican Party vice chair Harmeet Dhillon said that Donnelly's attempt to tie Kashkari (a Hindu of Indian descent) to Islamic law was an attempt "to trade on bigotry, racism, hatred of the other, hysteria." [31] The California chapter of the Council on American–Islamic Relations condemned Donnelly's anti-Muslim comments and said, "It is a shame that an elected official uses xenophobic and anti-Muslim rhetoric to discredit a member of his own party." [32] Donnelly stood by his remarks. [31]

In the June 2014 California open primary, Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown won with 54.5% of the vote and Republican Neel Kashkari came in second with 19.0% of the vote, qualifying for the general election. Donnelly came in third with 14.8% of the vote. [33] Although Kashkari called for Republican unity, Donnelly pointedly refused to ask his supporters to support Kashkari. [34] Brown subsequently won the general election.

False Obama smears

In 2015, Donnelly claimed that President Barack Obama was "secretly following" Islam and that he wanted to see the United States punished. Donnelly referred to Obama as "Ayatollah Obama". He pushed the conspiracy theory that the Obama administration is staffed with Muslim Brotherhood members, saying that he was starting to believe "more and more" that Obama himself was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. [35]

2016 congressional campaign

In 2016, Donnelly ran for California's 8th congressional district against incumbent Republican Paul Cook. [36] He finished third in the blanket primary behind Cook and Democrat Rita Ramirez, with 20.7% of the vote, thereby failing to advance to the general election.

2018 congressional campaign

Donnelly ran again for the 8th district in 2018. He emphasized support for President Donald Trump, and advocates for a wall to be built along the Mexico–United States border. He also supports repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ending mandatory vaccinations, and originalism. During his campaign announcement in October 2017, Donnelly criticized members of Congress for their alleged failure to support the agenda of President Trump. [37] He finished second in the blanket primary behind incumbent Paul Cook and advanced to the general election for a Republican vs. Republican battle. Cook defeated Donnelly in the general election.

2020 congressional campaign

In 2019, incumbent Republican Paul Cook announced that he will run for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in 2020 rather than seek reelection. Donnelly announced that he would be a candidate for the 8th district. [38] He ran on the same issues he emphasized in the last two campaigns he waged. Donnelly came third in the blanket primary, behind Republican Jay Obernolte and Democrat Christine Bubser, thereby failing to advance to the general election.

Television appearances

On June 21, 2007, Donnelly appeared on The Colbert Report . [39] In a satirical segment entitled Difference Makers, Donnelly and his Minutemen group were videotaped building a small fence along the United States border with Mexico.

On December 5, 2011, Donnelly was interviewed by John Oliver, a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in an appearance where he discussed California's budget shortfalls along with former state Senator John L. Burton, the chairman of the California Democratic Party regarding direct democracy in California. [40]

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Tim Donnelly
Tim Donnelly.jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 33rd district
59th district (2010–2012)
In office
December 6, 2010 November 30, 2014