Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Electoral End Game

We might all be tempted to bask in the good feelings of seeing a lot of press that hints at the fact that Pombo just may be a liar. However, every minute we spend in self-congratualtion is a minute that Karl Rove and associates are working their butts off to make sure the Pombo keeps his seat.

If you go back to the spring time special election to fill the seat of jailed Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the Democrats seemd to think that Busby had a real chance. What they did not count on was the fact that the Republicans executed a much better end game and delivered a large number of votes for a professional lobbyist and the election turned the way Rove wanted.

Maybe the biggest threat to the McNerney campaign comes from another Democrat. Phil Angelides has run such a lackluster campaign that many are forecasting a low turn out on election day. When the top race lack interest, or seems to be a foregone conclusion, voting totals are depressed.

We can not allow that to affect the 11th Congressional District race. Pombo complained about the work of the bloggers in arranging to get volunteers to canvass many neighborhoods. Well, we bloggers took notice. Yes, we helped raise money for McNerney. Yes, we spread the word about opportunities to walk through new neighborhoods and tell absolute strangers about Jerry.

Now, it is time to do the last, and maybe the most important thing we have to do. We need to generate the same enthusiasm for getting out the vote that we have done for canvassing. KTVU had a story the other night about the way in which the Republican Party manages to deliver the absentee vote. They cited the Contra Costa County Republicans who have made multiple contacts to the 50,000 Republicans reminding them of the upcoming absentee voting opportunity.

Well, folks, the absentee ballots are in the mail. The Republicans are hard at work. The McNerney Campaign needs volunteers to help ensure that absentee ballots are actually voted, and voted for Jerry. I don't know about other counties, but the South County Democratic Club in Morgan Hill is going to be working this weekend to ensure that every person who gets an absentee ballot is casting that ballot for Jerry. The same is happening in Brentwood.

Brentwood for McNerney: Get out the Absentee Vote.
Date: 10.14.2006
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Contact: Sharon Welton
Phone: 925-634-1891
More details go to

Morgan Hill: Get out the Absentee Vote.
Date 10.14.2006
Time: 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Contact: Charmaine Jabr
Phone: Charmaine: 408.623.3178
More Details go to
Other opportunities: See the events calendar at


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to do everything we can for J-Mc (Jerry McNerney).Hell, I'd rather have J-Mc run for governor than Phil Angelides.

10:35 AM, October 11, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

I call a end run, as we have seen the Pombo camp do for nearly 14 years. They have always managed to take the race at the end. Tracy is in a very quite mood, does that mean Pombo is in trouble. Even the Churchs won't talk about his campaign. The other cities like San Ramon are confident that Pombo will win. Morgan Hill say they are pissed at Pombo but Gilmore still holds the card with the Church thing. As though he will send everyone to hell if they don't vote Pombo. Pleasanton is Jerry base,a big part of Dublin belongs to Pombo because of Guy Houston, and the corrupt Tri Valley Hearld, that has a problem with Mc Nerney. Tim Hunt and Tom Omalley have a problem with the Tri Valley Hearld because they had better write good stuff about MC Nerney. Or they will loose many customers, I believe Hunt has resigned, if some one knows call me. The Danville people are 50/50 on Pombo. The rest goes to the San Joaquin Valley depending on what Jerry has done in the valley, and those that supported him. Stockton will be the deciding vote for Jerry, in this race. The Democrats need to have Dennis Cardoza endorse Mc Nerney to win, if he does not endorse Mc Nerney then Cardoza may loose to Republican John Kano. This 11th district race is by all standards the most important race in the state.

Good luck Jerry.

Tom Benigno

12:27 PM, October 11, 2006  

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