Friday, July 14, 2006

Mr. McNerney Went to Washington

Wednesday evening Jerry McNerney held a fundraiser in Washington, DC at the Cosi Restaurant. In the days leading up to the event, there were rumblings in various sectors questioning the wisdom of many aspects of this event. Some critics wondered why McNerney would bother to do a simple meet-and-greet outside of the CA-11 region; some criticized the low $25 donation; some even criticized the venue. Some encompassed all three: “There is absolutely no point in a low-donor fundraiser in DC. But hey, maybe that's their thing - it's just so crazy, illogical, and irrational that it works. Yep, could be. Now, if this event was being publicized properly and at a better place, it could perhaps turn into something (though, still not something actually worthwhile).”

Well, the event went off swimmingly, and the folks at DC Drinking Liberally checked in with the following report:
On a muggy, occasionally rainy DC night, about 70 people gathered in an upstairs room at Così coffee shop and bar to show their support for Jerry McNerney, the Democrat who’s running against Richard Pombo, the House’s foremost enemy of the environment (I announced the event earlier). Among the crowd were:
  • members of DC for Democracy and DC Drinking Liberally
  • a director of the Sierra Club
  • Ian Fried and Campbell Tyler of Blue Catapult, who presented Jerry with a check
  • staff from the Humane Society
  • the general counsel of a large California tech company, who maxed out on his contribution for Jerry
  • students from area universities
  • Helen McCloskey, wife of Pete McCloskey, the Republican who challenged Pombo in the primary
  • Hill staffers
  • Jerry’s son, Michael, a lieutenant in the Air Force
  • Jerry’s brother, John, from Connecticut
  • political organizer Christine Pelosi
  • Christine’s mother, Nancy (whom you may have heard of)
  • Rep. George Miller (D-CA-7)
  • Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9)
  • Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA-6)
  • other Democratic members of Congress

Notice some of the people who apparently weren’t there: Rahm Emanuel, Ellen Tauscher, Steny Hoyer? Whew! Suddenly my world makes sense again.

15 Comments:

Anonymous KCinDC said...

Actually I think Ellen Tauscher may have been there, or at least was listed as on some the flyers about the event.

3:44 PM, July 14, 2006  
Anonymous KCinDC said...

Oh, and "swimmingly" is a good word to use. The air conditioning in that room was not the best. There's a reason Jerry took his jacket off.

3:46 PM, July 14, 2006  
Anonymous JohnMac said...

I was there; I'm Jerry's brother from Connecticut. The other family member there was Kirk, Jerry's nephew and Mike's cousin who is the only family we have in the DC area.

I want to validate babaloo's main point: the breadth and depth of those in attendance was telling. Yes, perhaps Jerry is better off without 'support' from the DCCC with all the strings that come with, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't have support from inside the Beltway. The event made news in Roll Call. Nancy Pelosi does not do events of this kind very often. Her presence only means that she wants the Speaker job, and sees Jerry's election as helping put her there. She must think he's electable. So she will support him, and he will support her.

Pombo needs a new job.

5:30 PM, July 14, 2006  
Blogger Jack Ryan said...

That's great that Nancy Pelosi showed up. Have any of you seen the recent Cook report on the CD-11? Does the +3 mean that Pombo has a 3 point advantage? I doubt these numbers as I think McNerney is still ahead or it's a dead heat at worst.

Count me in as a solid McNerney supporter--I'm posting links on my blog: http://berkeleybubble.blogspot.com to your postings. Great work!

10:31 AM, July 15, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

Yesterday Markos gave a pretty coherent explanation of what those identifiers mean here.

Essentially, the designation of CA-11 as R+3 means that in the last election it voted 3% more Republican than the nation as a whole.

11:01 AM, July 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI: Jerry's son (sigh) is a Captain in the Air Force - he was promoted apparently.

11:07 AM, July 15, 2006  
Anonymous Rocky Balboa said...

Yo all youse new people.

Rocky here. All of youse and everybuddy is always welcum to dis blot, cuz we Dems have always had a big friggin tent. We even put up wit anonym-ASS REPUBLICANSPIES trying to dis-gize demselves as surfer dudes or Portu-geese chefs, who basically know how to boil 8 kinds of meat in a pot of salted water until its friggin rendered - and den call it gormet food. I guess dis is why dese ButtWipes can look at a corrupt moron stuft wit Jack-off's dough like ButtaPombO and call it a "Congressional leader" insed of a friggin crook.

Anyways, Rocky wanna remind youse all dat dis race is about winnin duh votes of duh REPUBLICANS in CD-11 who voted fer Duh Fightin One AND Mr BeanO, who sumtims calls hisself Tommy Bananas. Why I dunno, especially since he don't seem to like Chiquitas.

None of youse seem willin to wanna address dis fundamentalist question: How is we gonna get duh good honest Republicans who voted fer Mr BeanO and Mr McClosky to pull duh friggin lever fer McNoiney on Nov 6? Its gonna take more den vasool, youse need a stragedy.

Now Rocky has loined alot from youse blotters, and mebbe dere IS a stragedy but if so its bein kept a secret cuz we all know dat SPIES are hangin out on our blot cuz dere blot sucks and dey ain't got no friends to boot or even to share recipes fer rendered whale meat wit. You know what I mean?

Anyways, me, Adrian, Paulie and Apollo is meetin next week in Low-di so as we can frigger out a good way to use Apollo to bring in duh black vote, on accounta duh fact dat ButtaPombO ain't been good fer nobuddy and everybuddy lives on ButtaPombO's floodplanes. Black, white, brown, yellow, and even Portu-geese. Not to mention duh foxes you build from kits. And we is always lookin fer a good cheezesteak hoagie, so if you send us a rec and we like it, you can becum our Hoagie Hero.

Anyways, like I wuz sayin, we all need to tink Republican. Don't be bashin 'em, cuz youse all need to remember dat 38% of 'em REJECTED ButtaPombO in duh primary and duh key to winnin the secondary is to get into dere heads and loin to speak dere language. Mr BeanO seems willin to help, and it seems promisin to here dat Mrs Fightin One wuz at dis DC fun-raiser. But as cheap as it wuz, it wuz still over-priced fer Mr $.02. On accounta duh fact dat he overdrew his friggin account on duh last deal. Heh heh heh.

Rocky out. Remember the sealevels is risin, and
"Everybuddy lives on ButtaPombO's floodplanes."

1:48 PM, July 15, 2006  
Anonymous Rocky Balboa said...

Yo Apollo!

Rocky here. Whaddya tink of Rocky's new slogan:

"Everybuddy lives on ButtaPombO's floodplanes"

And like Rocky said, when duh sea levels rise cuz of global warmin, and duh levees collapse, and you and me gets flooded out of our little houses on duh floodplane, and we's gotta make like Gilligan and live on a friggin island dat used to be the Tracy Hills, well den we can say:

"Every GOOD buddy USED to live on ButtaPombO's floodplanes." Heh heh heh.

'Cept it ain't friggin funny, you know what I mean? What if I were to lose my Adrian? Unlike my turtle, she don't friggin know how to swim.

Rocky out. Tide's comin in - cuz of duh All-High-Temp-A-Cheer! Jeezus!

5:19 PM, July 15, 2006  
Anonymous Apollo Creed said...

Yo Rocky! Apollo here. Mucho caliente out in Low-di today, so we all hopped in the Hummer and went to da beach. Didn't see no oil rigs, so Pombo must not a passed his friggin' "sell off the coastlines for campaign dough" bill yet.

I was training over there on the beach, running up and down, just like youse did in the movie, 'cept there weren't no corny music playin' like when youse was runnin there. How did you get dat music to play just by running on the beach? I couldn't figger dat one out. But you still suck, I am gonna whip your ass.

Now I sees dat McNerley was over in Washington DC. That's near the capital, right? Did he get to see ButtaPombo?

Maybe McNerley's there to learn to stuff his pockets with dough, just like Pombo does. They got classes in dat there or what?

They say McNerly is more ethically then Pombo, but dat ain't saying much, is it? That friggin' Pombo. What a pig! Ain't he an Annette made enough off of being in Congress that he can just quit and go shovel cow manure over on his ranch? Maybe he don't like the stink of it no more. He just likes wearing dat stupid cowboy hat and being such a bigshot over there at the capitol. Or maybe they just got better weed in DC, who knows?

See you soon -- but if you goes to the beach, you better bring Adrian, so she can check me out running up and down, with all them muscles rippling and shit. Girls like dat stuff. Specially Adrian --at least dat's what she been telling me when you ain't around. Ha, ha.

11:04 PM, July 15, 2006  
Anonymous Rocky Balboa said...

Yo Apollo.

Rocky here. If it wuz anyone butt you sayin dese kinds of tings about Adrian, I'd be bustin dere heads. Wit you, I know its all a friggin joke cuz you ain't got no muscles. Yer even more outta shape den Rocky.

Rocky out.

9:40 AM, July 16, 2006  
Anonymous JohnMac said...

Rocky sez: Rocky here. All of youse and everybuddy is always welcum to dis blot, cuz we Dems have always had a big friggin tent. We even put up wit anonym-ASS REPUBLICANSPIES trying to dis-gize demselves as surfer dudes or Portu-geese chefs... snip...

I don't know, maybe it's a good thing. We do have a big tent, and perhaps it is worth our while knowing where they stand, anonymous or not.

Jerry told me the other day that Pombo sent out a hit mailer, accusing him of (gasp) wanting to raise gasoline taxes! Without, of course, trying to explain billion dollar subsidies to the big oil companies... but anyway, Pombo put Jerry's name and several pictures on both sides of an all color flyer. Giving up a little name recognition in return for trying to get some to believe Jerry wants to raise gasoline prices. Maybe some of you have seen this flyer? I'd like to see it, but even Pombo is not likely to send one to me in Connecticut. 1- I'm not in his district, and 2- I'm not likely to change my support from my brother to Pombo. But maybe I could send him a Lieberman flyer in return? Maybe he could take a lesson...

6:38 PM, July 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen the flyer...

did ya like it?

8:45 PM, July 16, 2006  
Anonymous Rocky Balboa said...

Yo SPY.

Rocky here. Yeah, I seen yer flyer on accounta duh fact dat Paulie brought one home from woik.

Anyways, tanks fer duh comedy relief. We's all got a good laugh outta yer flyer cuz its duh kind of terlet paper we've all cum to expect from Team ButtWipe.

Butt youse went way overboard in tryin to blame McNoiney fer high gas prices cuz everbuddy knows its Bush and duh oil companies dat are reamin us and not McNoiney cuz he ain't even gotten to Congress yet so he can't possibly be corrupted unlike ButtaPombO who's overstayed his promises to leave after he got addicted to stuffin his ugly mug wit Jack-off's dough and now he can't brake duh friggin habit of tryin to imitate a chipmunk while looking like a fat ugly pigeon who sings like Frankie Valley. You know what I mean?

You ain't winnin no points wit dis flyer cuz it ain't got no incredibility. Duh best Flyers wuz always from Philly anyways, but you wouldn't know nuttin about dat no way neither.

Rocky's Grade: dumBBBB Dat means dumb wit 4 capitol Bs on a scale of 1-6 capitol Bs.

Rocky out.

9:46 PM, July 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can do those things too when you raise money

12:22 AM, July 17, 2006  
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