Friday, November 13, 2015

An incumbent, a perennial runner-up and a CPA enter a congressionalrace...

Ron Cohen, a Republican from Fremont, becomes
the third candidate in the CA17 June primary.
ELECTION16 | Ron Cohen, a Fremont certified public accountant, is the first Republican to join the highly-anticipated Seventeenth Congressional District rematch between Democrats Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna.

Before becoming a partner at Fremont’s Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co., LLP, Cohen’s biography includes a long-ago stint as a standup comic in Chicago.

"However, after observing that the vast majority of comedians have a very low taxable income, Ron decided to follow his father's example and become a CPA," says his bio.

With reports of a pending investigation into ethics allegations against Honda likely to dominate the June primary, Cohen’s background might bring needed comic relief to the race.

But, in a sign Cohen’s work bio has not been updated recently, it lists receiving “personal advice and coaching from Bill Cosby.” Presumably for his comic timing and not the other thing. (h/t @LetsEat5)

Over the past year, Cosby has been inundated with allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted more than four dozen women over the years.

Cohen also teaches business courses at Ohlone Community College. The declaration of his candidacy was received Nov. 9.

The lone Republican thus far in the race, has some antecedents to the 2014 election. Last year, Joel VanLandingham, also a Republican political novice, failed to gather much support in the primary, but his performance at a candidate forum in Fremont drew rave reviews and his Twitter feed often hilariously tweaked Honda.

Another Republican, former South Bay Rep. Ernie Konnyu also provided comic relief in last year’s race, infamously tweeting days before the November 2014 Election Day, “You['re] going down Tuesday…Go to political hell! Go Ro!"


  1. By MW:

    So supposedly two Republicans are at least slightly serious contenders for a major position In Bay area politics. That is outrageous.

    Since the Bay area is the world's headquarters and capital for phonies who pretend to be liberals, we should make it illegal AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL for anyone who is a Republican and/or a conservative to hold any position representing Bay area residents.

    For instance, it is legally required that a person be at least thirty five years old and also a natural born citizen in order to be President, a person needs to be at last thirty years old to be a US Senator, and at least twenty five years old to be a member of the House of Representatives.

    So therefore I demand we appoint a committee of politically correct people, and including Nate Miley, Nancy O'Malley, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that will have to have to certify that any person who wants to be listed on a Bay area election ballot is a "liberal" and also a politically correct creature, and without receiving that certification no one will be allowed to be on a Bay area election ballot.

    NOTE: Some of the "saints" and "wonderful" people who undoubtedly would have received certification and extremely enthusiastic approval from such a committee would have included Yusef Bey and Jim Jones, and later of Jonestown infamy.