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  •  that race is, sadly, Safe R (1+ / 0-)
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    by jncca on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 03:10:18 PM PDT

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    •  Not as Safe Republican as you think (0+ / 0-)

      It's more Lean Republican if you ask people who live in the district.  Jerry Tetalman has more support than you think but still needs support.  The problem is, Tetalman is getting no support from the DCCC and has not even been endorsed by Democracy for America and Crooks & Liars, even though his candidacy, views and goals in Congress are 100% aligned with progressive causes.  He has been long active in the anti-war, progressive movement before even a number of candidates who are currently running for Congress.

      In fact, if you look at the diary I just cited in my previous comment (the diary I created myself), there are over 80 shares, 7 Tweets, etc.  This has occurred less than 10 days since I posted the diary even though I only have three comments on the diary.

      Us on Kos really need to get over this notion that we want to avoid focusing on Safe or Lean Republican Congressional districts in the country.  Sure, it's important we get people elected to Congress who are in Toss-Up, Lean Democrat or Safe Democrat columns.  However, when I believe in a candidate like Jerry Tetalman, I don't care what district he lives in.  I fight until the bitter end.  His voice is important in Congress.

      Besides, the 49th Congressional District in California is not based in Oklahoma, Texas or even Alabama.  He's in a district that's by the beaches of California!

      Even if Tetalman doesn't win in this election cycle, there still may be a movement to draft him for running for Congress in 2014.

      •  What's your evidence? (0+ / 0-)

        Do you have any data behind your claim that this is merely Lean-R? It's hardly credible that a race that's "getting no support" in funding is Lean-R. Of course, all of us (except for a few Republicans here) would wish it were.

        Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

        by MichaelNY on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 05:16:11 PM PDT

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        •  Evidence: Contact Jerry Tetalman's campaign (0+ / 0-)

          The reason why there is no data is because NO ONE is covering the damn campaign nor is it getting any support from the Democratic Party on a national level.  I would think Daily Kos or anyone in the DCCC, Democracy for America or even the most progressive groups out there would want to interview Jerry Tetalman and his campaign but NO, they seem to be only interested in toss-up, Lean Democrat, Solid Democrat, and what are labeled Lean Republican campaigns by political gurus out there.

          There is a video I've just cited on You Tube where Jerry Tetalman was at a Democratic primary debate on May 3, 2012.  Pay close attention to the point Tetalman makes at the 1:07 mark (that's 1 minute and 7 seconds into the video).  Tetalman talks about the number of Democrats and Independents that have increased in his district.  Believe me, it isn't Lean Democrat but it also isn't super red in the same sense as say a Oklahoma Congressional District.

      •  The main problem is that (2+ / 0-)
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        Issa cleared 60% in the primary. Even with increased Dem turnout in the fall it will be hard for Tetalman to claw up to 50% +1

        still I admire your courage. Issa's seat will certaintly be ripe for the picking the decade moves on

        What is it that has no weight, can be seen by the naked eye, and if you put it in a barrel it will make the barrel lighter?

        by lordpet8 on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 05:42:46 PM PDT

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        •  I'm not concerned strictly on 2012 (0+ / 0-)

          The honest truth is, I believe Jerry Tetalman deserves to be in Congress, whether it be elected in 2012 or in 2014 (if he runs again).

          It will be difficult for Tetalman's campaign to reach up to the 50% level but on the other hand, it isn't impossible either.

          Besides, Darrell Issa cleared 60% in the primary because no one challenged him.  He's got the GOP base behind him.  However, little does his base know the damage he's been doing.

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