Thursday, October 05, 2006

Going Negative On Jerry McNerney

The NRCC was busy again yesterday. They reported spending more of Mark Foley’s money in CA-11, with $8,771 for polling and $20,805 for their eleventh McNerney hit piece. Total NRCC spending in Richard Pombo's district to date, $479,839. And the DCCC? I suppose you have to give them credit for consistency. Still zero.

Maybe you’re asking yourself at this point what the NRCC is up to with all this anti-McNerney propaganda. Well, it turns out this is part of a national strategy. The WaPo featured the NRCC and their negative campaign plan in this story last month:
Republicans are planning to spend the vast majority of their sizable financial war chest over the final 60 days of the campaign attacking Democratic House and Senate candidates over personal issues and local controversies, GOP officials said.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which this year dispatched a half-dozen operatives to comb through tax, court and other records looking for damaging information on Democratic candidates, plans to spend more than 90 percent of its $50 million-plus advertising budget on what officials described as negative ads.

The hope is that a vigorous effort to "define" opponents, in the parlance of GOP operatives, can help Republicans shift the midterm debate away from Iraq and limit losses this fall. […]

"Opposition research is power," said Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (N.Y.), the NRCC chairman. "Opposition research is the key to defining untested opponents."
So after dispatching “a half-dozen operatives to comb through tax, court and other records looking for damaging information” on Jerry McNerney, what has the NRCC come up with? Scott Chacon has been posting all the mailed campaign literature in CA-11. Here’s the latest — wow. It’s a whopper.

So there you have it. Jerry McNerney has only voted in 16 of the last 26 elections. The NRCC had half a dozen people snooping around for months on end, and that's all they could come up with? All I can say is, geez, guys, you really should have talked to me first. I have way better opposition research than that.

First, at one point in the campaign, I saw Jerry McNerney pull up to a candidate event in a car that was a little dusty. Now, you know, when the voters of CA-11 elect a Congressman and provide him with a leased $39,285 luxury Lincoln at a cost to the taxpayers of over $7,000 a year — well, they want to know that he’s going to have that baby at the carwash twice a week. So here’s the tagline I envision: “If you can't even trust McNerney to keep his car perfectly clean, how can you ever trust him in Congress?”

Then, of course, there’s the time I saw McNerney trip and stumble. You can all imagine how that one would work: “If McNerney stumbles when he trips, how is he going to be able to stand up to the terrorists? We need someone who will never trip, someone upright like Richard Pombo, in Congress.”

Finally, I have it on good authority that Jerry McNerney doesn’t always floss when he brushes. I would think that the talented PR hacks at the NRCC could easily find a way to use that. Maybe something along the lines of this: “If he can’t even attend to his teeth properly, how can you trust him protect America? Richard Pombo ALWAYS flosses — you know that if he takes good care of his teeth, he’ll take good care of America.”

Because God forbid that Richard Pombo and the NRCC should actually talk about Iraq, tax cuts for the rich, global warming, traffic jams, levee failure, immigration, torture, gas prices, warrantless wiretapping, offshore oil drilling, Medicare Plan D, veterans’ benefits or the federal debt.


Blogger VPO said...

These hit pieces are SO pathetic that voters may turn against Pombo out of disgust with wasting their time and cluttering their mailboxes with this inane bullshit.

I think all it does is emphasize that Pombo a) has nothing positive to offer and b) can't run on this record.

But you know, Pombo may be right in the McNerney "can't be trusted in Congress" part -- that is, can't be trusted to take contributions from corrupt lobbyists and corporate interests and do their bidding to the detriment of everyone else's health and well-being. McNerney can't be trusted to follow the party line 95% of the time. McNerney can't be trusted that he will give over $350,000 of campaign contributions to his family.

Oh well, I guess we just can't trust McNerney to be one of the usual corrupt, corporate toadies, right-wing nutcases, and party line hacks (along with all the perverts) that populate today's Congress.

6:02 AM, October 05, 2006  
Blogger Delta said...

Having listened to Bill Moyers program on Capitol Crimes" last night, there is a lot of reasons to think again about this race. Moyers took special notice of the ties between the Marianas Island, Jack Abramoff, Tom Delay and the flow of money and corruption from there.

Pombo's connections to this are well documented. His rationale for failing to do anything are on record. This, in iteslf, is enough to Say No To Pombo.

It was really disgusting to hear these jerks spout Christian platitudes while raking in the dough. It is all about power and the entire Christian Coalition has been duped by Tom Delay and Ralph Reed. Such hypocrisy. It makes you sick.

9:14 AM, October 05, 2006  
Blogger A Progressive Alamedan said...

AJ: Maybe it's time to produce a parody of the negative ads, like Ned Lamont did ("Ned Lamont ... makes Terrible Coffee!") to point out how ridiculous this is.

If this is all the Pombovites can come up with, then I almost feel sorry for them. Almost.

9:56 AM, October 05, 2006  
Anonymous JestrBob said...

Question, if missing elections/voting oppertunities is bad, how many congressional votes has Pombo missed?

Isn't that the real record we should be concerned about?

Then we need to look at how Pombo actual voted, and how those bills actually worked for or against the people in his district.

10:37 AM, October 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think some folks get concerned about "sleaze fatigue". and the Republicans seem to be playing this very well. A true cynic might say the Republicans leaked Foley's e-mails to distract people from the issues and bring it down to a personal level, rather than the tragedies of Iraq and Katrina, and the upcoming ones of N. Korea and Iran. I was horrified at the recent Chron. piece describing what the Iran war might look like.

Looking at Pombo, if you start out with protecting Hurwitz on the Pacific Lumber/Maxam/S&L, through Abramoff, Delay, oil companies it gets to be a bit much. Is there any website that just has a columnar listing of all this stuff without editorial comment....just sources, sort of like the book "Timeline to Terror".
(I lent this book to a conservative friend, and he is no longer going to vote republican...describing it as no rhetoric, just page after page of turf battle, politics, lies and missed opportunities to prevent 9/11.)

How about a similar list....perhaps with the caption....."The Republicans give you choice, ....Page after page of sleaze, or the sleaze of page after page.

10:51 AM, October 05, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

Chip O'Neal would always say that all politics is local, Dennis Hastert says the same thing, all politics is local. Then if that is the case what the hell has Pombo done for the 11th district, beside position his families property for local developement. Most of the people who don't like me, say stay out of local politics. As though they have the right to tell Pombo how to run our city, or cities. With the IRP, COG, ACE train, Sports parks you name it. They push for projects that benefit Pombo as well, so is the tail wagging the dog here. We must understand local control can distroy a candidates potential to do good for everyone. So I put it back onto the voters, as I did at the Tracy forum. It is the voters who are corrupt for pushing projects that benefit their Congressman. We believe that Jerry Mc Nerney has that understanding to stop special interest projects that will contaminate that representative. This is part of what term limits, is about. Going negitive on Jerry is a waste of time, he's not in office yet, Pombo is the one who needs to answer the questions and has not.I doubt if he will answere those questions.
We wish Jerry good luck tonight. We are sure he will kick butt.

Tom Benigno

12:01 PM, October 05, 2006  

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