He may be the most fringe of all major party gubernatorial hopefuls this year, but Republican
And by buzz, I don't mean that the reaction to the outspoken Inland Empire Assemblyman has been favorable. Most recently, about a dozen readers sent scathing letters in response to Donnelly's comparison of President
Donnelly, who is trying to out-conservative the moderate and moneyed Neel Kashkari, probably won't be unnerved by these responses. For what it's worth, here are a few letters.
-- Paul Thornton, letters editor
Los Angeles resident Nancy Levinson addresses her reaction directly to Donnelly:
"To state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly:
"How dare you. How dare you liken Obama to Hitler, Stalin and
"If so, then, is it your contention that among the worst deeds of their 'tyranny' is that they 'stood for gun control'?
"Your Twitter comparison and email to The Times, in response to a request for comment, stating that 'our current president acts more like a dictator than a leader of a free people' is ignorant, preposterous and incendiary.
"For this insult to the president, there exists no word in any language to which this can be compared."
Brian Ong of Riverside says Donnelly's candidacy might appeal to a certain
"Donnelly has confined himself to a gubernatorial sideshow with his comments about Obama governing more like a dictator than a president of a free country because he favors tighter gun control.
"If gun rights are Donnelly's biggest issue, he will never be a serious candidate.
Los Angeles resident Jon Hartmann questions Donnelly's grasp of historical facts:
"The good Republican Tim Donnelly may wish to do a little research before he opens his mouth.
Marc Russell of Los Angeles says Hitler and Stalin comparisons are party-blind insults:
"Prior to Obama's presidency, it wasn't uncommon to hear Republicans compared to the worst mass-murdering dictators in human history.
"But now, even our current leftist Democratic president is being compared to them.
"You just can't win."