How Did the Hayward Demos Event Go?
Does anyone know how the Hayward Demos event went? I heard, if I understood what I heard correctly, that the group voted to endorse Jerry McNerney last night. Any reports back would be appreciated. Post them in the comment section and when I get home later today I’ll re-post them in the main part of this entry.
Update: Here's the only report posted in the comment section.
You heard it right. Jerry McNerney spoke first, giving a pretty rousing speech, which was interrupted at least a half dozen times with applause. He talked about the necessity for Democratic candidates to embrace Democratic ideals instead of running away from them.
Steve Thomas was apparently taken by surprise by the 5-minute time limit and said that he was going to have to chop "what would have been a pretty eloquent speech" significantly. The result was pretty pedantic, harkening back to FDR's '44 State of the Union message. All I could think of was that this must have been what Adlai Stevenson sounded like.
Steve Filson spoke last, and started off with a string of jokes. Then he launched into stories of his military service and how, at age 26, he was responsible for the men in his squadron and how he brought them through life and death situations through his leadership ability. From there he went into why he's the only one who can win in SJ County because he's a moderate.
Finally, there was a question and answer session. There were only three questions. The first was about energy, and all three candidates spoke to the need to develop alternatives.
Second was a question about the war in Iraq. Filson responded first by saying that as a Congressman, he would demand that Bush adhere to whatever plan the Pentagon developed for withdrawal, as they were the experts. Thomas called for immediate and complete withdrawal, to pretty good audience response. McNerney likewise called for complete withdrawal on a timetable (if I recall correctly) of six months to a year.
The third question was about support for nuclear power. McNerney responded that he felt it is pretty much off the table at present because the problems it presents have not been adequately resolved and there is no public will to adopt it, but that if those limitations changed it would certainly bear looking at. Thomas said that he was opposed to it. Filson, once again, deferred to the experts, saying that, like it or not, nuclear power is already here and there's nothing we can do about it. As a Congressman, he would make it a priority to set up training programs for scientists and engineers, so that we would have the best minds at work on the subject, and then he would let them make those decisions.
Then they held the vote and endorsed McNerney.
Oh, and I forgot to mention the one thing that really stood out to me. Of course, all the candidates got in their licks against Pombo. But Filson actually referred to him as "The Prince of Darkness."
I mean, I dislike the guy as much as anyone, but SATAN??? Really???