A blog dedicated to removing Congressman Richard Pombo (R-CA) from office.
posted by babaloo @ 9:28 AM
It's OK. A little late is better than never! I would say they should hit him harder on his ethics probs, but when facing such a flawed candidate, i guess it's tough to pick which issue to hit him with.
I dislike Pombo strongly and like what I've heard about McNerney, but why air an attack ad instead of something with a positive message about McNerney? I HATE the negative campaigns being run today, and it's disheartening to see the first DNC ad for someone I like be yet another one that leaves me feeling that politics has become a game of who can stoop the lowest.
i think we'd all like to see positive campaigns. unfortunately, it's negative campaigns that move votes. that's the reason for all the negative campaigning- it's vastly more effective with less informed voters.
ryan -it's from the DCCC, not the DNC.BIG difference.
unfortunately, it's negative campaigns that move votes.That argument seems to be conventional wisdom, but I think voters are being turned off by negativity, and in this particular case it seems like McNerney can gain more by increasing name recognition than by attacking. The guy has a lot of positives to highlight - son in Iraq, life spent promoting economic wind energy, morally sound, strong on security. Pombo's negatives are fairly well known to the majority of voters at this point, but McNerney's positives are not, and it would have been nice to see an ad that focused on the positive.Also, apologies on the DNC vs. DCCC mixup.
I see several DCCC sponsored ads in support of 2 Democratic challengers in my market, which is Connecticut. They are supporting Joe Courtney for CT-02 opposing Rob Simmons (R-CT) and Chris Murphy for CT-05 opposing Nancy Johnson (R-CT). I also see ads sponsored by these challengers' campaigns.What I noticed is that the DCCC ads are somehow slightly off center. They certainly help, but they don't hit the bullseye. It's clear to me that they are written and produced a long way from Connecticut. I can't really explain it, but I can tell right away, in the 1st 15 seconds, that it is a DCCC and not a campaign ad.I suspect the same thing is true of the DCCC ad in support of McNerney.
Ryan: When you run against an incumbent and you have not been elected to that office. You can't say I'm going to do this and that. You do need to know the issues and how you would handel those issues. But that is just here say. So you need to go after your opponet on the things that he or she has not done or done wrong. That's called negitive. When I debated Pombo in 2002 my team said don't be tough on Pombo, I lost the primary. The friggen news papers made a joke of it. It's a no win situation you either hite'm hard or you don't win. The best way is to open the encumbent right down the middle, and expose them for what they really are. We have two more weeks lets get out and distroy this guy Richard Pombo. I don't want to live in the towns that are in his district. We pay to much tax, we pay to much for goods and services, we have poor transportation,we lack commumity involvement other tha his agendas, we have poor construction on our homes we have corrupt local government, and many more disfuntional ideas for schools,No jobs it's embarrassing as a Republican, and much more if you are a democrat. Vote Pombo out.Vote for Jerry Mc Nerney endorsed by Myself Tom Benigno
Get it on the air! We are running out time and Jerry needs all the exposure he can get. Let return Pombo to his ranch to clear the brush.
As an independent expenditure, I believe the DCCC is restricted in how much it can promote a candidate versus raise "issues". I think that is why all the RNC and DCCC ads tend to go negative on the opponent versus positive on their candidate.However, in the RNC's case, there is nothing positive to say about their candidate, so they would be stuck hammering McNerney anyway. Or maybe they could come up with a positive one for Pombo like:"Well, he didn't take all the much money from Abramoff"OR"Pombo only planned to sell off 15 National Parks, not all of them."OR"Annette is putting the money Richard is paying her to good use."Etc.
Anything, including this ad, that puts Pombo on the defensive is fair game at this point in the campaign. Sure we'd all like to see negative advertising go away, but it's not gonna happen. The GOPers have been sliming folks for years -- decades! Fight back.
Pretty good, and a nice rebuttal to the stockton record (false) rebuttal that appeared today. Note that Jim jubeck (MSN Money) has a great article on congressional corruption, energy policy and big oil $ and Pombo is neck deep in the article. Also check out the Rolling Stone from this week. Pombo is #7 on the Rolling Stone mos corrupt congressmen list.
Here is what the DCCC has done with regard to the recent media frenzy:DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE - C00000935View Download FEC-249724 Form F24 - filed 10/24/2006 - 24 HOUR NOTICE 1. Supports Candidate: Jerry McNerney (H4CA11081) Office Sought: House of Representatives, California District 11 Payee: Great American Media Date Expended = 10/24/2006 Amount Expended = $48928.94 Purpose: Media Buy 2. Opposes Candidate: Richard Pombo (H2CA11051) Office Sought: House of Representatives, California District 11 Payee: Great American Media Date Expended = 10/24/2006 Amount Expended = $48928.94 Purpose: Media Buy 3. Supports Candidate: Jerry McNerney (H4CA11081) Office Sought: House of Representatives, California District 11 Payee: Hudson Media Partners Date Expended = 10/24/2006 Amount Expended = $7047.50 Purpose: Production 4. Opposes Candidate: Richard Pombo (H2CA11051) Office Sought: House of Representatives, California District 11 Payee: Hudson Media Partners Date Expended = 10/24/2006 Amount Expended = $7047.50 Purpose: ProductionA grand total of a measly $111,952.88 -- barely enough to cover postage for a campaign, yet alone the massive TV buy needed at a time like this, so close to the end of the campaign.This would appear to be shameless and worthless window-dressing at best by the DCCC, and at worst @$$-covering to assure folks that "Filson did deliver the DCCC to Jerry's campaign" at crunch time, waiting until it was well past the time when any effort of this pitiful nature could do any good, and make it into a blatent "money-opp" -- full of fury, and lacking of any substance at all.Let's see Babaloo or Delta come to Filson's defense on this one.
ehh? are folks jumping to the conclusions that that's all that the dccc is contributing?damn folks...the rncc didn't shoot all their load at one time...so why should we expect otherwise from the dccc?oh...snap, thats right...cause we reserve the right to b*tch.
Everyone stop with the "Bullshit" and concentrate on this race. We have a grievance about Pombo's Ad and donating to a local Mayors race to get votes. Help us think of a way to turn this Ad around against Pombo. He did the ad to get support on a project in Tracy to put a sports field next to his property. Being that he is on the resources committee that should be a violation of Public trust. That project will assure him of about,70% of his needed votes. That means even democrats will vote for him on this one. Lets think of a way to counter this ad, I have sent a complaint to the FPPC, please do the same. Go to FPPC Sec of state.ca.gov. and file a complaint, or call Wayne Imberi at 916- 322-8218 we need to do this.Lets get Jerry elected.Tom Benigno
A good start, with 1/2 negative 1/2 positive. It does include the main themes of Jerry's campaign, about being for the future and so forth. I see what folks are saying about not wanting to see more negative campaigning; but it doesn't take a lot to reinforce Pombo's overwhelmingly negative baggage. A couple of taglines and voters already know what we're talking about.I agree with everyone else, let's see more ads!
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