Friday, October 20, 2006

Friday Melange

The New York Times wrote an editorial yesterday excoriating Richard Pombo for his Deep Ocean Energy Resource Act (DOER Act) which would give away billions in federal oil shale royalties to Pombo’s special interest buddies in the energy industry.

On the endorsement front, today the Sacramento Bee joined its sister publication, the Modesto Bee in endorsing Jerry McNerney, publishing last week's Mod Bee endorsement almost verbatim. Their joint indictment of Richard Pombo is withering.

Speaking of “withering,” you should check out the Rolling Stone piece ranking Richard Pombo seventh among “The 10 Worst Congressmen.” Their accompanying graphic is very funny.

The Pleasanton Weekly also endorsed Jerry McNerney today. In doing so, the paper heaped almost as much scorn on Richard Pombo as the Bees, but then went on to express admiration for Jerry McNerney.
The better choice is Jerry McNerney, 55, a Pleasanton resident who has attracted bipartisan support in his effort to unseat Pombo. An engineer, McNerney has devoted the last 20 years of his career to the development of viable wind energy technology and is currently CEO of a start-up company that will manufacture wind turbines.

Far from being a political ideologue, McNerney represents the kind of citizen activist who wants to work on solving important problems, not use those problems to curry favor with special interests and as a way to raise campaign contributions.

Meanwhile, the California red-legged frog has emerged victorious in its battle with Richard Pombo. While Pombo’s House bill eviscerating the Endangered Species Act appears to be permanently stalled in the Senate, the EPA has reached a settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity in a 2002 lawsuit that will protect the endangered frogs by banning the use of 66 dangerous pesticides near critical habitat areas. Mother Jones blog has the story here:
Much to the likely chagrin of Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) the EPA has agreed to protect the threatened California Red-Legged Frog, according to a settlement reached this week in a lawsuit filed in 2002. [...]

Read more about Pombo’s battle against these amphibians in the name of development in Dick Russell’s story in the current issue of Mother Jones.

And according to poll numbers released today [actually, SNTP wrote about those numbers in depth a week ago] Pombo is neck and neck with his Democratic opponent Jerry McNerney, with Pombo at 41 percent and McNerney at 40 percent.

Frogs should be the least of his worries.
So get out there this weekend and CANVASS the hell out of CA-11. Do it for the frogs. Just be careful to watch out for half-naked veterans and gun-toting, hate-spewing militia members.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today (10/20/2006) the NRCC spent $8,447,700+ for their candidates or against ours.

$24,507+ was spent against McNerney.

Less than 3/10 of 1%.

Look how worried the NRCC is about Pombo's chances by virtue of their latest spending patterns.

Today, the DCCC spent another $413,637+ (on top of the $12MM plus earlier this week) for their and our candidates or against others.

$0 was spent for McNerney or against Pombo.

Where is the evidence that any call from Filson to Emanuel to say "support Jerry with everything that you would support me with" has happened or will happen?

Today, the NEA spent over $1MM of their money against GOP Congressional candidates (3 total).

$0 was spent against Pombo.

Today, the Sierra Club spent money to defeat Pombo in the grand total of............$1,021.52

Look at all the people in positions of influence that Jerry clearly has made his friend...not.

9:34 PM, October 20, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

Well, apparently, according to Hank Shaw, somebody likes Jerry McNerney. Shaw is reporting that Americans for Conservation, which is associated with Defenders of Wildlife, just reported $500,000 in independent expenditures for advertising — not sure whether it's anti-Pombo or pro-McNerney.

11:40 PM, October 20, 2006  
Blogger Delta said...

I just read a report from the South County Democratic Club that Steve Filson and his wife Mary were in Morgan Hill last weekend, walking precincts for McNerney. There were some 75 volunteers and they covered almost all of the "walkable" precincts in town. This was actually a well planned "event" with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and ex-Congressman Pete McCloskey encouraging the workers before they started out.

7:07 AM, October 21, 2006  
Anonymous jryan86 said...

I posted a new diary up on Daily Kos today about how Pombo voted TWICE against anti-terrorism legislation in 1996, PRIOR to 9/11.

Makes his campaign ads hitting McNerney re: the war on terror sound pretty hypocritical.

9:38 AM, October 21, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

Maybe the fact that Pete Mc Closkey and I Tom Benigno drove a hole in the middle of the Republican party has something to do with it. I'm proud to have sent a message to the Republicans. As Abe Lincoln once quoted. " YOU CAN FOOL SOME OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME, BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME. That message should be put all over Washington D.C. Our actions and our supporters should result in the slow down of the Iraq war. President Bush has already made a statement that some change in the thought process regarding the war might come soon. Or words to that effect.

Tom Benigno

9:55 AM, October 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw the DCCC! This simply means Jerry should not pay any annual dues. In addition, he will also not be beholded the the DCCC corporate donors.

10:27 AM, October 21, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

It is a little strange that the DCCC has not spent money on the Mc Nerney race. That's kind good for Jerry because he has become a stronger candidate. The masses will now come to him, and that's is where his strenth will come from. An example if you buy a house with nothing down and o financing you have nothing to loose. But you put a hunk of cash into it, you'll fight for your life to keep it. That is what's wrong with America. Jerry will do fine, he's on a road to victory.

Tom Benigno

11:47 AM, October 21, 2006  

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