Friday, September 29, 2006

Get This Guy a Hanky

The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund and allied groups are running an aggressive people-powered grassroots campaign against Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Tracy) in California's 11th Congressional District.

And he's not happy about it.

In a fluff piece in today's Manteca Bulletin, Rep. Pombo, in his own words, openly complained about the grassroots effort aimed at unseating him this November. After fourteen years in the U.S. House, it turns out Rep. Pombo can't stand the heat. Like a paranoid conspiracy theorist, Pombo counts the unseen forces ranging against him.
The group has a full-time office in Pleasanton with a full-time staff, Pombo said. They have drawn their activist workers from personal website blogs in the Bay area. They send them into the neighborhoods campaigning against him in his congressional district, he said.

“It’s a full-blown campaign,” he pointed out. “I don’t think there has ever been anything to this extent before.”
Whaa, whaa, Rep. Pombo. For someone who fights dirty (and plays even dirtier), Pombo is showing signs of buckling under the pressure.

Pombo and the NRCC are sweating heavily at his prospects for re-election this November. After several internal polls, which they refuse to release the findings of, the NRCC has flooded the district with money. Not only that, but they are flatly lying about his Democratic challenger Jerry McNerney in an effort to stave off an electoral disaster.

He is so desperate, he has to employ the help of President Bush to make a trip out to Stockton. Bush will attend a breakfast fundraiser to raise money for his main squeeze on October 3rd. (Vice President Cheney and House Majority "Leader" John Boehner attended fundraisers for Pombo earlier this year already.)

Do the math. They are worried. And they should be.

The Manteca Bulletin continued:
Just recently the campaign group had some six buses pick up the Bay Area activists they had searched out from San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley taking them to district neighborhoods for door-to-door contact.
Actually, it was seven buses, totaling over 150 volunteers. Pombo, on the other hand, had zero turnout for his campaign "kick-off." That's the difference between ordinary citizens and Pombo's corporate-fueled campaign running on dirty, dirty money.
When Pombo was home in the district during the months of August and September, the group showed up at every event he attended with their signs charging him with corruption, he said.
His response? Silence.

Ed Yoon, campaign manager for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, said "It must be hard to manage 'One of the Thirteen Most Corrupt Members of Congress.'" Adding, "The corporate special interests don't seem to have any trouble though."

5 Comments:

Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

Why is that every time I open up this site (saynotopombo)there is a picture of Pombo. You people don't know much about politics, you should have a story about how much Jerry is doing out there. I'm really getting pissed off, are you people pushing Pombo. Because if you are I am out of here. They say one picture worth 1000 words. If that's the case then you guys just gave Pombo this race. I you think back, this is why I didn't get any exposier or votes the papers were putting out Pombo or Mc Closkey. Think about what you are doing. Understand Jerry Mc Nerney is the important man now. Durring the primary If I had more expoiser,and more votes Mc Closkey would be running against Mc Nerney. Stupid is as stupid does. Matt you need to post this comment, no censorship. Tell Babaloo this comment needs to go out. The tail is wagging the dog again.We want Pombo out.

Get Jerry's picture out there, Scott you know better.

Tom Benigno

3:33 PM, September 29, 2006  
Anonymous JohnMac said...

This diary is up on DailyKos. I recommended it.

5:42 PM, September 29, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

Mr. Benigno --
If we keep posting pictures of Richard Pombo on this site, it's only to generate so much disgust with him and his corrupt behavior that people will be motivated to get to work to oust him in this election.

I understand your concern that we are giving Pombo needless publicity. But Jerry McNerney is doing a terrific job of getting his message out (although he could always use your help). This site is not "Say Yes To McNerney" — although perhaps someone else SHOULD start that site. This site is and will remain "Say No To Pombo," complete with illustrations.

7:48 PM, September 29, 2006  
Blogger Matt Ortega said...

Personally, I think Pombo's frustration has to do with those internal polling numbers he is sitting on.

He sees the figures and cannot believe his days are numbered.

Tick, tock, Richard.

12:36 AM, September 30, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

Everyone: Yes his days are numbered, it's about time. We can't stop now, Pombo has a staff of people who know how to bring the election to the final weeks and kill you. Be careful don't let up on him. That fact that Bush is comming out to Stockton, should send a message that they don't want to loose this race. They have deep pockets, that means they will even pay people to cheat. Like a football game you can play zone or man to man, I sudjest we play man to man. Example you might be going door to door in Stockton and Pombo will have his people in the Bay area.

Take Pombo out Vote Mc Nerney.

Tommy Bananas

6:20 AM, September 30, 2006  

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