Richard Pombo has been an unabashed supporter of Bush's "War of Terror" and the invasion and occupation of Iraq. He has echoed Bush's claims that Democrats are "soft on terrorism" and the party of "cut and run". So let me ask:
Why is Democrat Jerry McNerney's son serving in the Armed Forces, but Richard Pombo's son Richie Jr. (18 or 19 years old) is not? If Pombo feels so strongly about the righteousness of Bush's war, when is Richie Jr. going to enlist?
Jerry McNerney's son, Michael, did not hesitate after 9-11. He joined the Air Force right after those attacks. But Pombo? Now that Richie Jr. is old enough to enlist, we don't hear anything about it. Sounds like Pombo is all talk about a "strong defense" and "support our troops" -- it is okay to send other people's kids to Iraq, but not his own. Or is it just that Annette could not bear to see her son come home in a body bag, like 5 other Tracy families have? Maybe then Annette would join Cindy Sheehan from nearby Vacaville and call for the US out of Iraq.
Are the voters of the 11th District going to be deceived by the lies of Pombo and Bush -- two chickenhawks whose children have declined to serve their country, yet who have no hesitation about mercilessly condemning McNerney as "weak" and "soft" when he actually has a child in the military? Or are they going to go with McNerney, whose son joined up without hesitation to fight America's enemies?
Actions speak much louder than words, and all Pombo's lying, negative attacks on McNerney can't hide the one simple fact -- McNerney has a son in uniform, Pombo does not.