Yo, Ricky! You Got Some 'Splainin To Do!
Ed Yoon, who is leading the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund efforts in CA-11, has forwarded this story on to SNTP:
Local residents of the 11th Congressional District held press conferences in San Ramon and Stockton to challenge Rep. Richard Pombo to a town hall during the August congressional recess to “explain himself” as to why he is known as one of the most corrupt members of Congress.These two press conferences were held last Tuesday, and received good media coverage from the local CBS affiliate, TV-30 (Tri-Valley TV), and the Pleasanton Weekly. The letter to Rep. Pombo was signed by more than 100 of his constituents. You can click on the image below to enlarge it:
More than 100 of Rep. Pombo’s constituents have signed a letter requesting a town hall meeting, and copies of the letter with their signatures were hand-delivered to his district offices following the press conference in each city.
“I am a life-long Republican who has voted for Congressman Richard Pombo in the past, including the last election, but I need some good explaining from him this year on a series of apparent ethical lapses that he is known for,” said Peter Petroski, a resident of Danville. “I’m joined by more than a hundred others who live and vote in his district to ask him to a public town hall to explain himself.”
The hand-delivery of the constituents’ letter to Pombo’s district offices, including the request for a town hall meeting during the August Recess, were met by surprise, feigned ignorance, and consistent evasion from the Pombo district office staff. In Stockton, Pombo’s chief scheduler in Washington, DC even told nearly 30 constituents who gathered at his district office, “We can’t schedule anything because the computer is down.”
“Why did Congressman Pombo use taxpayer money for a family vacation in an RV to seven national parks and not pay the money back to the government?” asked Norm Rhett, a resident of San Ramon. “Congressman Pombo needs to explain himself.”
Now, I’m sure that Richard Pombo would like to paint these voters as wild-eyed, liberal, environmental nut-jobs from Berkeley. Yeah, right. This is the group from San Ramon:
And here’s the thing: We know Congress is recessed for the entire month of August, and we know Pombo's in town for most of the month. Now, we also know Richard Pombo is a pretty busy guy, what with the big private fundraiser he's holding that will be attended by GOP Majority Leader John Boehner on August 25 in the district — and, of course, all that Celebrity NASCAR eats into his schedule.
But don't these folks deserve a few minutes of his time, as well? You’d think the least he could do is meet with his concerned constituents and answer their questions.
You have to ask yourself, “Why is Richard Pombo so afraid of these people?”