Monday, August 14, 2006

Holding Richard Pombo Accountable

Byron Roberts is a Stockton resident and CA-11 voter who has been compelled to speak out this summer about his Congressman, Richard Pombo. SNTP readers were first introduced to Byron by Delta in his post Joining the Chorus. Delta told the story of how Byron carefully gathered information so that he could write a letter to the Tracy Press which was published on July 31.

At around the same time, Byron was also involved in sending a letter to Richard Pombo asking him to appear at a town hall meeting to explain himself to the voters of CA-11. This is Byron on the phone in Richard Pombo’s district office, speaking with his chief scheduler in Washington, DC.

When his group’s request was dismissed by Pombo’s Congressional spokesman as a “political stunt,” Byron again wrote a letter to the Tracy Press, this one expressing his dismay that Pombo would refuse to meet with his constituents to address their legitimate concerns and wondering out loud why Pombo is afraid to meet with them.

Recently, Byron has been in touch with SNTP and has requested that we print his July 31 letter in its entirety. So without further ado, here is Byron’s letter:
I noticed that on July 11, Rep. Richard Pombo of Tracy, and his Republican cronies in Congress stopped Democratic efforts to raise the minimum wage. American workers are struggling to make ends meet. What Pombo voted for ensures millions of Americans will remain in poverty. Why is it that a country with the most productive workforce in the world can't give poor, working-class citizens a few dollars an hour more for their hard work, but can afford to give a tax break of $42,000 to those making a million dollars or more.

How can Pombo call himself a conservative when he cuts taxes while the federal deficit is at an all-time high? How can he consider himself a Christian when he denies working people who need help, yet reward the ultra-rich?

Meanwhile, President Bush's war on terror is a miserable failure. His regime spies on its citizens. The Republicans support his failed foreign policies. He vetoes the stem-cell research bill even though the majority of Americans overwhelmingly supports such research. Our borders are unprotected, so that rich industrial patrons of the Republican Party have access to cheap labor. The Republicans want to make outrageous tax breaks to the super-rich permanent, while our great-grandchildren will be paying off the Republican's largest budget deficit in the history of our country.

This corrupt president and Republican Congress can spend $300 billion on Iraq, yet our infrastructure is falling apart.

One has to wonder if the battered working people of America will have the courage to change the direction of the nation on Election Day or will they continue to believe the Republican hyperbole about how they are going to put a stop to gay marriage and abortion yet again?

-- Byron Roberts, Stockton
I sincerely hope that we’ll all be hearing more from Byron. I also hope that other residents of CA-11 who are unhappy with their Congressman, Richard Pombo, will follow Byron’s example and speak out. This is still a democracy, and politicians like Richard Pombo need to understand that ultimately they must answer to their constituents, not the special interests.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contra Costa Times regarding Jerry McNerney and CD 11 Race

12:32 PM, August 14, 2006  
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12:34 PM, August 14, 2006  
Anonymous JohnMac said...

Well, I see that the Pombozo trolls are out in force, and not just on SNTP. My hunch is that the race is warming up, the Pombozos have instructions to take off the gloves and hit below the belt.

If complaining about the VoteSmart issue is the best they can do, after the l-o-n-g list of their man's corruptions, I'd say Jerry is in pretty good shape.

My hunch is that they must be worried... about something... so they are trolling the blogs. I wonder what it could be??? Perhaps something named McNerney?

I don't live in the district, so I don't get the mail outs or hear the local radio. I wonder what other hits are coming.

It's been a long time since there was a new poll out. I think the Pombozo crowd has one, and they aren't sharing it. That could be a good sign.

2:28 PM, August 14, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

johnmac --
I have to agree with you. The level of pure bullshit that the Pombozos have been shoveling out of late speaks to a deep, deep sense of desperation on the part of Richard Pombo's supporters.

I'm dying to know what's in that internal polling that has Pombo running so scared.

2:46 PM, August 14, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Ben igno said...

These same people who are calling for Pombo's answers to the questions, that Pombo won't answer. Are fooling everyone they all work for the Four largest contributors of Pombo's campaigns. Do you think they want egg on the faces of their employers. Bishop park has Cheveron, PG&E, Shell, IBM, Sunset,and hundreds of other major corporations there. The average wages per person in San Ramon, start at $113,000. Not including Pleasanton with Safeway and others, about the same wages. They want Pombo quite. Don't forget the Tri Valley Hearld Tim Hunt& Tom O'Malley and their vision projects. Like Jenny Lind and the brokeage firms. Who are building all the homes on Government land at Parks Air Force Base off of 580 in Dublin. With that kind of money how do you make anyone accountable.

Tom Benigno

5:16 PM, August 14, 2006  
Anonymous ron burgundy said...

I had a little scotch today, but really Mr. Bannanas, you are making no sense.

5:45 PM, August 14, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

Mr wine : What in the hell? your are either naive or stupid. If you believe that those who vote for Pombo are poor illegals, Your crazy. Are you the guy who is in reale-state in Tracy that worked for Safeway, as a butcher. You sir are brain washed. Just wait and see when the housing market falls in Tracy. Then you will see the rich jump over to Mc Nerneys side.
That should be pretty clear. Instead of trying to question me call me and tell me what you don't understand. You have my number in Tracy.

Tom B & Co

7:17 PM, August 14, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

If you read the Lisa Vorderbrueggen article that Anon referenced, be sure to check out Ms. Vorderbrueggen's post of this response from Pete McCloskey.

7:44 PM, August 14, 2006  
Anonymous ron burgundy said...

Mr. Banannas, I live in San Diego. I don't live in Tracy. You must have me confused with some other man who smells of Blackbeard's Delight.

You Stay Classy, San Diego.

10:38 PM, August 14, 2006  
Anonymous ron burgundy said...

Mr. Bananas-

You refer to a set of voters as "poor illegals"... Didn't Congresswoman Busby court that vote? Oh my bad, she never won the congressional seat. Last time I checked my facts, and you know fact checking is important for a reporter, illegal immigrants can't vote in the US. That election was in my hometown-San Diego. You know that means Saint Deigo, right?

You Stay Classy San Diego!

10:51 PM, August 14, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

Ron Burgundy --
First off, I have to say that YOUR MOVIE SUCKED. Both you and "Veronica Corningstone." Bigtime.

Second, your comments aren't doing too much better.

Tommy B said, "If you believe that those who vote for Pombo are poor illegals, Your crazy."

Your response: "You refer to a set of voters as 'poor illegals'..." — and then you go off on a Francine Busby rant.

Look again. Tommy B never said anything of the sort. Judging by your nom-de-plume, you apparently like to think of yourself as SOME sort of reporter. Apparently, the really lame sort.

11:22 PM, August 14, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

When Mc Closkey and I were doing the circuit with our forums, we touched on the subject of voter registration. That was the time I can remember us disagreeing for the simple reason, if you can get a license to drive you can register to vote. Both Mc Closkey and I agreed that the Bay Area is in better shape income wise. Pombo even laughed at the one forum he attended about the Central Valley is like the Appalachia when it comes to jobs and income. His quote was that he and Cardoza were doing a survey, on the effects of being poor. With a smile on his face as though to say "WHAT A BUNCH OF DUMMIES" They keep voting for me even when I help raise the price of gas. About San Diego for Mr Burgundy, "do you mean that San Diego is left or right?" Of What?

Tom Benigno

7:58 AM, August 15, 2006  

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