Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Plot Thickens

There’s a new Democratic candidate in the race for the CD-11 seat currently held by Richard Pombo. His name is Steve Thomas; he lives in Danville; and you can find out every bit as much as I know about him by going to his website. The site is still under construction, but already he has a better-looking front page than any of the other candidates, and he has a strong populist/progressive stance on the issues. He claims to be a union member who can rally union support to his campaign. We’ll have to see if he’s right. Compared to Thomas, the other Democratic candidates all look like Goliaths in terms of organization and fundraising capabilities –- and, of course, we all know that they are dwarfed by Pombo’s base of powerful and moneyed special interests.

Welcome to the race, Mr. Thomas.


Blogger Matt said...

Babaloo, thanks for posting this. I should note that this is the guy I was told about at the Ensign dinner. At the time I wrote, "A woman from the Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee told me that she had heard that someone else, a hitherto unknown man from Danville, has just pulled papers for this race. She gave me a name but I need to check out the information anyway, so let’s leave it now as unsubstantiated rumor." It looks like the rumor has been substantiated.

Also, everyone should note that the website info came from VPO and his Vote Pombo Out Yahoo Group. If this type of stuff interests you, you should definitely join it.

1:03 PM, November 26, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this person is Steven Thomas, age 41, who lives at 5 Red Alder Court in Danville (, then he lives in a gated community in the Blackhawk area of Danville ( which is worth between $1.74 and $2.0 million according to automated value estimators ( and has at least $1.0 million of equity if no additional debt has been taken out since its purchase for $.785 million back in 1996; draw your own conclusions.

2:25 PM, November 26, 2005  
Blogger VPO said...

I wrote to Steve Thomas and asked for more info. He says on the website that he has been "a political activist since 1967", so that puts some age on him like at least 50 years old, unless he was a babe in his mother's arms protesting the Vietnam War.

We will find out more soon, I am sure, if he is truly a serious candidate.

4:27 PM, November 26, 2005  
Blogger shakingthetree said...

Re: the potential wealth of "Steve Thomas"

If that's true, I'd draw the following conclusions from your post and his web site:

1) he's probably wealthy
2) he sounds progressive
3) if he uses his wealth to advance a strong progressive agenda, well, that's better than Steve Filson using other people's wealth to advance a DLC agenda (kind of like the difference between bluebloods Howard Dean and Joe Lieberman)

Keep in mind... I think class and privilege matters. A great deal. But if you leverage that privilege for the greater good (think RFK), you've got my vote. And even my money (though I don't have much to give).

3:59 AM, November 27, 2005  
Blogger shakingthetree said...

RE: Babaloo's positive impression of the Thomas web site.

The content is encouraging, but I'm not very impressed with the nascent site design. Bland would be a compliment.

But who knows... maybe we have our "Margie McFilson"? Should be interesting to find out...

4:04 AM, November 27, 2005  

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