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Former Charger (and Black Republican) enters 50th District field
North County Times ^ | 12/28/05 | Mark Walker

Posted on 12/28/2005 8:22:09 AM PST by LdSentinal

SOLANA BEACH ---- A former National Football League defensive back and punt returner has entered the GOP sweepstakes to fill out the unexpired term of Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

Scott Turner, 33, a political neophyte, made his announcement Tuesday from a makeshift lectern placed on the 50-yard line at Santa Fe Christian School's Beauchamp Stadium.

Flanked by his wife, Robin, Turner said he's in the 50th Congressional District race despite naysayers who, he said, have told him he needs a Hail Mary-type completion to overcome his better-financed and more experienced rivals.

"Many have already tried to dissuade me from one, running for Congress, and two, entering this particular race which is filled with professional politicians and other candidates," Turner said. "They state that I don't have a chance. But through perseverance, hard work, faith in God and determination, I have been able to succeed in many areas of my life, and in my own personal dictionary I have crossed out the word 'impossible.' "

Turner's political resume is bare except for a 2004 volunteer internship in the district and Capitol Hill offices of U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, an experience the Dallas native said taught him the basics of congressional service.

He cited a strong defense, secure borders and education as his three most important concerns, adding he would restore integrity to a seat now tarnished by Cunningham's Nov. 28 guilty pleas to bribery and tax evasion.

"I want to be a fresh voice for the people of the 50th District," said Turner, who was joined for his announcement by about two dozen supporters, including former Los Angeles Laker A.C. Green. "Since I'm new to this political game, I won't stand before you making big campaign promises.

"But the one thing I can assure you is that I will be an uncompromising, integrity-filled representative."

Hunter has made no endorsement of any of the candidates. Turner said that he talked with Hunter about his plans and that the congressman told him that if he got in the race, he should campaign with heart and determination.

Turner faces a crowded field of Republicans, most with years of political experience and a financial head start on the newest candidate, who said he has raised about $12,000 thus far.

The field includes state Sen. Bill Morrow, former Rep. Brian Bilbray, former state Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian, and two wealthy businessmen, Alan Uke and Ken King.

The Democratic side features Francine Busby of Encinitas, who lost to Cunningham in 2004, and Oceanside's Chris Young, who announced last week she would join the race.

The current Congress has 43 blacks, with all but Illinois Sen. Barack Obama serving in the House of Representatives.

Turner made no mention of ethnicity in his announcement, instead talking of his humble upbringing in Texas and what he said was his lifelong ability to overcome adversity. He cited his ability to play professional football from 1995 through 2004 despite lacking NFL size. He played for the San Diego Chargers from 1998 through the 2002 season.

"The same attributes that allowed me to be successful on the fields of play are the ones that I will take with me to be not just a successful, but a wonderful representative of the people of the 50th District of California," he said.

Oceanside political consultant Jack Orr said Tuesday that he had never heard of Turner and considers his candidacy a long shot at best.

"I think it's curious more than anything else," Orr said.

Over the last five years, Turner has spent the off-season as a motivational speaker and as a mentor along with his wife for other couples at Morning Star Christian Church in San Diego.

The filing period for the unexpired term opens Feb. 7 and closes Feb. 27, the date Cunningham is slated to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns in San Diego.

If none of the candidates wins more than 50 percent of the vote in the April 11 special election, a runoff will take place June 6.

For more information about Turner, see his campaign Web site: www.turnerforcongress.com.

On the site, Green, the former Laker who played in the National Basketball Association for 16 years, writes that he has known Turner for 10 years and that the determination and dedication his friend displays are attributes he would take to Capitol Hill.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: athletes; bilbray; blackrepublicans; chargers; congress; dukecunningham; election; gopprimary; kaloogian; sandiego; scottturner; turner

Former San Diego Charger Scott Turner smiles after announcing he will run for the 50th Congressional District at the Santa Fe Christian School in Solana Beach on Tuesday.

1 posted on 12/28/2005 8:22:12 AM PST by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal
Good looking guy. We need more black republicans. I wish this guy good luck.
2 posted on 12/28/2005 8:24:19 AM PST by Ninian Dryhope ("Bush lied, people dyed. Their fingers." The inestimable Mark Steyn)
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To: LdSentinal
Turner made no mention of ethnicity in his announcement

Good, I think people will figure that out all by themselves.

3 posted on 12/28/2005 8:30:25 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: LdSentinal

Isn't this Rush Limbuagh's friend?


4 posted on 12/28/2005 8:33:38 AM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: LdSentinal
I hope he has thick skin, because being black and Republican is a mortal sin to the NAACP.
5 posted on 12/28/2005 8:37:04 AM PST by airborne (If being a Christian was a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you?)
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To: LdSentinal

What is this fellow's website? Contributions accepted?


6 posted on 12/28/2005 8:37:08 AM PST by zeaal (SPREAD TRUTH!)
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To: LdSentinal
"Turner's political resume is bare except for a 2004 volunteer internship"

That would be my biggest reason to vote for him. Being a neophyte, means he has not been corrupted yet. If elected, I would start to worry along about the third or fourth term. By the end of their fifth term the vast majority are bought and paid for. Randy "Duke" Cunningham comes to mind. Jame Wright comes to mind. Dan Rostenkowski comes to mind. and on and on and on and on...........................
7 posted on 12/28/2005 8:39:12 AM PST by Long Distance Rider
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To: SittinYonder

Nope. You're thinking of the 'Hutch' in Seattle. His first name escapes me, last name Hutchinson.


8 posted on 12/28/2005 8:48:29 AM PST by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." óWill Rogers)
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To: Jackknife

Ken Hutchinson.....he's on the Radio KTTH here right now.


9 posted on 12/28/2005 8:49:55 AM PST by goodnesswins
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To: Jackknife

Thanks, you're right. The name sounded familiar to me outside of an NFL context and I thought maybe that's where I'd heard of him before.


10 posted on 12/28/2005 8:49:58 AM PST by SittinYonder (That's how I saw it, and see it still.)
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To: zeaal

Don't know but i've sent my money to Howard Kaloogian, the real conservative in the race!


11 posted on 12/28/2005 8:54:26 AM PST by dalereed
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To: goodnesswins

Thanks. My mind is on vacation this week. ;o)


12 posted on 12/28/2005 8:56:15 AM PST by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." óWill Rogers)
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To: mhking

ping


13 posted on 12/28/2005 9:05:14 AM PST by lunarbicep (There is something about a closet that makes a skeleton terribly restless.)
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To: LdSentinal
"Turner, who was joined for his announcement by about two dozen supporters, including former Los Angeles Laker A.C. Green."

It's been a while but I do recall seeing a story on A.C. Green and I remember being very impressed. He was definitely a clean square peg in the filthy round hole of the NBA.

14 posted on 12/28/2005 9:09:19 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: LdSentinal

It would be cool to have someone who is not a political retread in that office!


15 posted on 12/28/2005 9:11:41 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: Ninian Dryhope; LdSentinal; SuziQ
I'd always at least take a good look at a guy like this! Young, nice-looking, previously successful in his "civilian" line of work, and without the often-to-be-run-away-from-at-all-costs "political track record"...LOL!!

Not all politics/politicians are dirty, of course, but seems especially the state/local level ones can end up being real trouble...so depending on if he's got a good "track record" for integrity in general, and has reasonably conservative ideas and convictions, boy would that be cool to see him win!! (CBC would be ticked...hehehe!!)

16 posted on 12/28/2005 9:28:13 AM PST by 88keys (some things are intriguing to contemplate)
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To: LdSentinal

Name recognition in the local market is important, but only sports fans are likely to be familiar with him. He has a tough row to hoe; God bless him and his efforts!


17 posted on 12/28/2005 9:48:22 AM PST by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?")
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To: CyberAnt

S.D. ping...?


18 posted on 12/28/2005 9:50:04 AM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: LdSentinal

At first I thought there was some kind of spoof in this article regarding Randall Cunningham.


19 posted on 12/28/2005 9:55:30 AM PST by Lekker 1 ("Computers in the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes..." - Popular Mechanics, March 1949)
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To: airborne
I hope he has thick skin, because being black and Republican is a mortal sin to the NAACP.

I'm sure Chucky Schumer's staff is already looking through his credit reports...

20 posted on 12/28/2005 9:58:35 AM PST by COBOL2Java (The Katrina Media never gets anything right, so why should I believe them?)
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To: LdSentinal

That this organization believes this story line is funny or even fanciful tells you what they believe. Sounds like several or more homosexuals got together and did a script about people they hate the most--Christians.


21 posted on 12/28/2005 10:33:56 AM PST by shrinkermd
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To: LdSentinal
Nice looking guy. A republican will win the district, question is which one.
22 posted on 12/28/2005 10:46:26 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: shrinkermd

We are not the party of affirmative action. Otherwise herman Cain would be the senator from Georgia. Turner? I wish him luck bt we shouldn't give him any breaks just because it would change the face of the party.


23 posted on 12/28/2005 10:48:29 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: SittinYonder
Isn't this Rush Limbuagh's friend?

If he is Rush Limbaugh's friend that's worth $1,000,000 alone, if Limbaugh steps up to the plate.

24 posted on 12/28/2005 10:51:35 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: LdSentinal

Sounds just like the type of person the GOP needs to run for office nationwide. Black, White, Hispanic or whatever, the young GOP needs to get it's wheels movin, especially in districts that are represented by RINO's and Rats that have bearley hung on to their seats over the years.

Having said that, Turner winning in a state like California would send shockwaves all the way to the Washington offices of the NAALCP and the Congressional Black Caucus.


25 posted on 12/28/2005 10:54:52 AM PST by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: LdSentinal

Doesn't have a chance in district that has no african-american voters. Why not run against Susan Davis? There are african-american voters in that district.


26 posted on 12/28/2005 2:21:39 PM PST by Jimbaugh (Fear the Base !!!)
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To: LdSentinal

Doesn't have a chance in district that has no african-american voters. Why not run against Susan Davis? There are african-american voters in that district.


27 posted on 12/28/2005 2:35:09 PM PST by Jimbaugh (Fear the Base !!!)
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To: Ninian Dryhope; onyx

BRIAN BILBRAY???? BRIAN BILBRAY?????? They just can't stay away, can they? What kind of personality needs, absolutely craves, this kind of work?


28 posted on 12/28/2005 2:36:38 PM PST by Hildy (Keyboard warrior princess - typing away for truth, justice and the American way!)
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To: Jimbaugh
He is running as a Republican.
29 posted on 12/28/2005 2:40:32 PM PST by Ninian Dryhope ("Bush lied, people dyed. Their fingers." The inestimable Mark Steyn)
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To: Ninian Dryhope

I know that is the problem. He is running to divide the vote. I think that how it done in the republican party. If he want a free run he could run against susan davis and get creamed in a run against democrats.


30 posted on 12/28/2005 3:01:14 PM PST by Jimbaugh (Fear the Base !!!)
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To: Hildy


To be fair, Brian was a South Bay mayor, NEVER a pro athlete...lol.


31 posted on 12/28/2005 5:03:07 PM PST by onyx (Merry Christmas everybody.)
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To: LdSentinal; AuH2ORepublican; JohnnyZ; Clintonfatigued

Interesting candidate, but this is Kaloogian's baby.


32 posted on 12/28/2005 10:43:36 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

"We are not the party of affirmative action. Otherwise Herman Cain would be the senator from Georgia."



Herman Cain was BY FAR a better candidate than Senator Johnny Isakson---100% pro-life (unlike the "pro-choice" Isakson) and a strong proponent of Social Security reform and the implementation of a federal sales tax to replace all federal income, corporate and payroll taxes. Cain should have won, and he would have won on merit, not on affirmative action. Isakson won because (i) he had the Atlanta-area country club Republicans on his side and (ii) he had a HUGE campaign war chest, and spent it freely; being white didn't hurt, either.

That being said, I think Kaloogian deserves to represent the 50th District in Congress. Maybe Turner can run for the state Senate or Assembly and try again for Congress when Kaloogian runs statewide (or when another seat opens up).


33 posted on 12/29/2005 6:25:04 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (http://auh2orepublican.blogspot.com/)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Not necessarily. Bill Morrow represents most of the voters in the state Senate.

Seems to be a lot of conservatives in the field. It's fortunate that RINO San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater isn't running.


34 posted on 12/29/2005 5:07:45 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Sam Alito Deserves To Be Confirmed)
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