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