Report From The Tracy Forum
Matt just received this report from a friend who attended the Pombo/McNerney forum sponsored this evening by the Tracy Press.
There was a large audience - standing room only. I would estimate that McNerney supporters outnumbered Pombo supporters by about two to one. Jerry McNerney spoke very strongly and very passionately, while Pombo seemed pretty defensive the whole evening.So who else went to the forum? Anybody got any stories to share?
What intrigued me the most were the people I was sitting near. The man next to me told me that he googled “Pombo + corruption” and got 168,000 results. He said he did the math on this. Pombo has been in office for 14 years. He said if you calculated how many hours there are in 14 years, you’d come out pretty darn close to 168,000 hours, or one “corruption” hit for each hour Pombo’s been in office. He said, “Isn’t it great to know that Pombo’s on the job, being corrupt, 24-7?”
My favorite was the woman who was sitting in front of me. My friend asked her if she was a McNerney supporter, and she said “Oh, yes.” We asked her if she’d like a McNerney button to wear and she said “Oh, no, I couldn’t.” Then a few minutes later she turned around and explained why she felt like she couldn’t wear a McNerney button. She said, “I’ve known the whole Pombo family forever. I know their kids. When we meet, we all hug each other. But I just can’t vote for him. I can’t do it. I’m voting for Jerry McNerney.”