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  •  Jerry Mcnerney? Oh heavens. (6+ / 0-)

    Mcnerney was a big fan of Democrats in the Bay Area back when he was first elected.  I sense he's dealing with pressures in his district from constituents who are conservative as his district isn't that safe.

    On the other hand, he's won every single race since he was elected in November 2006, beating then-Richard Pombo.  Mcnerney, amazingly, survived in 2010 just fine vs. say Russ Feingold, who had an even stronger record in the U.S. Senate progressive-wise, was popular in Wisconsin, yet he was defeated by Ron Johnson.

    I'm at a loss of words here.

    •   I am a former constituent of his and was (3+ / 0-)
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      very pleased to have him as a rep.  I just left a message urging him to sign even though I am no longer in his district.

      I know Stockton is pretty conservative but I also know that it was very hard hit by the recession.  I just researched it a bit and found that as of October, the unemployment rate is 12.3.  Well above, of course, the national average.

      Hope he will sign/sh

      •  Mcerney isn't an ideologue (1+ / 0-)
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        I mean, this isn't a vote for a bill or piece of legislation so there's that.

        On the other hand, Stockton from what I've come to know (and I didn't grow up there) is worse off than even Oakland because the city basically became the first real victim of the subprime mortgage problem, which was pretty much the life blood of the economy and resurgence for Stockton prior to 2008.  I think the area has traditionally been very conservative but may be breaking free from that because I'm guessing (and I'm not certain on this) that there has been a conservative-strangehold on the area for so long that the recession divided the community up.

        I think I've figured out why Mcnerney may have disappointed you and I:  He got redistricted so he no longer serves the traditional Dublin & Pleasanton areas anymore, which typically have been moderate.  He did serve Danville, which is conservative (saw plenty of McCain/Palin signs there in fall 2008)

        Based on the map itself of the CA-09 District, Mcnerney's serving more constituents in a larger region and yes, the constituency may have become more conservative.  On the other hand, Mcnerney has traditionally been a very approachable Congressman from what I hear.

        Funny part though is that Elizabeth Emken, who ran against Dianne Feinstein for the U.S. Senate in 2012 (and lost of course) is one of the Republican candidates running against Mcnerney but she's also living where Mcnerney's district used to cover (Danville).  Don't think she realizes that she's in the wrong Congressional district.  hahaha

        •  I'd still give his office a call (1+ / 0-)
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          Given that Zoe Lofgren also hasn't signed, it's possible that Jerry will suport the extension but just hasn't had the chance to deal with the letter.

          Given the high unemployment in his district, I would not make the assumptions you're making just yet.

          Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

          by mbayrob on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 11:42:38 PM PST

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          •  I'm actually just guessing (1+ / 0-)
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            I really don't know the Stockton area (which encompasses a huge chuck of CA-09) so I have no idea what the trends will be in the coming months or year(s).  I do agree that Jerry Mcnerney does need to be contacted anyway.  Nothing should ever be taken for granted for the Representatives we elect.

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