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  •  Because he was an incumbent. (4+ / 0-)
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    JBraden, MichaelNY, GloFish, itskevin

    They did the same for Pete Stark in CA-15. But in both cases, they really didn't do much beyond that (albeit for different reasons). But now that McLeod is the incumbent, Baca won't even get that.

    •  Yeah, the Stark endorsements were pro forma (5+ / 0-)
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      atdnext, WisJohn, MichaelNY, jncca, Gygaxian

      I voted against him because of his bizarre statements and because since he was never going to chair Ways and Means, might as well get someone new in to start building seniority. But the real tell was that, by all accounts, absolutely nobody was upset that Swalwell won. Every Democrat in the state delegation and leadership treated him with complete friendliness. Nobody wanted to piss off Stark, but nobody was broken up when he left.

      •  & I suspect it's the same... (4+ / 0-)
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        levlg, JBraden, MichaelNY, skibum59

        With Baca, except that most of the delegation had many policy differences with him as well. So I suspect they won't feel any loyalty to Baca any more since he's no longer an incumbent.

      •  comparing Stark and Baca is an insult to Baca (1+ / 0-)
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        Stark is much more blatant in his overall abrasiveness while Baca didn't get in the news for making outlandish statements (save for that time he got into a verbal fight with Loretta Sanchez, then again, I've heard mixed things about Sanchez).

        Stark was much more "off the rails" while Baca was still an able legislator. I'd compare Baca to someone like Chuck Schumer who can be abrasive at times but is still an effective pol.

        RRH expat (known as AquarianLeft). Also known as freepcrusher on leip atlas forum

        by demographicarmageddon on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:38:22 PM PST

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        •  Eh? (3+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY, KingofSpades, HoosierD42

          What exactly has Baca done? I haven't heard of anything legislatively worthwhile from him.

          Stark, on the other hand, exerted much influence over healthcare legislation such as COBRA and EMTALA. His mouth got ahead of him in recent years, but I would say Stark is much more effective than Baca.

          22, D, pragmatic progressive (-4.50, -5.18), CA-12.

          by kurykh on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:07:04 PM PST

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