Pombo's Big Precinct Walking Kick-Off
This past Saturday, on a beautiful morning at the Pleasanton/Dublin BART station, Richard Pombo's campaign held their first precinct walk of the general election. They had a whole two people show up: Anne Volz and another unidentified staffer. They put up their "Pombo" sign at 10:00 and then waited in her black SUV. They waited there until 10:45, and then, after ZERO volunteers showed up, they packed up their campaign sign and headed home.
(Apologies for the poor picture quality — our secret agent had to use a camera phone. The arrow indicates the Pombo yard sign fastened to a tree.)
Frankly, it seems to me that this lack of enthusiasm is not too surprising. After all, can you imagine how embarrassing it would be to have to go door-to-door explaining to people how your candidate voted to destroy the Endangered Species Act, to sell off our National Parks, and to bring oil drilling back to our American coastlines?
Or maybe you could tell them all about Pombo's great plans to export our jobs to Mexico. And if that failed to persuade them, you could always let them know about how he has supported forced prostitution and forced abortions for garment workers in the Marianas Islands.
Of course, you could always fall back on explaining to them how Pombo accepted over $50,000 from Jack Abramoff and the Indian tribes he represented and is currently listed by CREW as one of the 13 most corrupt members of Congress.
You see how it could get a little discouraging.
Now, I realize that Pombo has gotten huge financial contributions from developers and the big oil, mining and timber interests; but it seems like none of those CEOs are ready to get out and walk precincts for their sock puppet.
When Pombo opened his campaign office in Stockton on July 22, reports are that only 12-15 people even bothered to show up. So can Pombo win a campaign with money alone and no conservative grassroots support? His incredibly sleazy activities seem to have made it harder and harder for him to generate any enthusiasm among his Republican constituents.
But maybe none of this is really news. Maybe that’s why Richard Pombo was out there back in June trying to hire 60 college students at $10/hour as full-time precinct walkers.