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  •  I'm for McCloskey over Pombo (1+ / 0-)
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    But I suppose that's not what you're asking.  I've not taken a position on Filson vs. McNerney, and am a little dismayed at some of the rancor I occasionally see between the camps.  Whoever prevails in that primary is my man!!  Not that it means a lot - I can't vote there, and don't really have much in the way of money to contribute.

    But I'll keep researching and writing on the pernicious little teletubby that is Richard Pombo.  And hopefully, some of that will help.

    •  Yeah, (0+ / 0-)

      I'm prety much for the stronger candidate there. Filson's raised about two and a half times as much money as McNerney, and seeing as how McNerney got beaten by about 61-39 margin, he doesn't strike as a particularly good candidate. He's a little liberal for this moderate to conservative district, while Filson's more moderate, a better fit for the district. But, If Republicans nominated McCloskey, I'd vote for him no matter who the Dem is, simply because it'd be nice to have one more liberal Republican.

      •  Sorry (0+ / 0-)

        make that 3 60+ districts, and one 73 percent pro-Kerry district, along with that 58% pro-Kerry district. Pombo shouldn't even be in congress.

      •  FYI (0+ / 0-)

        I posted this comment in a previous thread in response to a comment similar to yours.  I think the CW is wrong about McNerney vs. Filson, and I think it captures why:

        First of all, McNerney didn't even run a full campaign last time because he had to run a write-in campaign in the primary to get on the general election ballot, and then he had to go through a recount before he was put on the general election ballot.  That happened about this time last cycle.

        Second, the last time Tauscher et al picked a candidate to run against Pombo, she (Elaine Shaw, the candidate) lost by the same margin as McNerney. This despite the fact that she was somewhat known in Contra Costa County, that she spent $600,000, that she had the full backing of the party, and that she was able to run a full campaign.  We have no indication that Steve Filson is a better pick than Elaine Shaw.  

        Third, there is going to be a lot more energy and excitement to fight Richard Pombo this cycle, and a lot of it is coming from McNerney supporters. If Filson wins, there will be significantly less excitement for him than for McNerney.  

        Fourth, the idea that Filson is moderate and that McNerney is liberal is just fatuous.  They have differences on policy issues that do not align them neatly on a unitary spectrum.  True, Filson says that he's moderate.  But he also is proud to champion gay marriage in a district that is very socially conservative.  On the other hand, Filson is proposing building more nuclear power plants, something that has no support in the district from the type of folks who might vote against Pombo.  And Filson hasn't been able to articulate any sort of populist message in a district that has very poor areas.  If you don't think that Pombo will hammer Filson for being a rich guy from the richest part of an otherwise poor to middle-class district, you're out of your mind.  McNerney, on the other hand, is very solidly middle class.  He went to a Catholic, military boarding school in Kansas for high school.   And he has a strong family life, having been married to his wife for 27 years.  All of this will play well in the district.  

        Fifth, I know a lot of moderate and conservative Democrats (and even some Republicans) who are supporting McNerney because they believe that McNerney will fight for their economic interests.  And a corollary to this is that they believe that they know what McNerney stands for and that they believe that he is an honorable guy.      

        Sixth, if Filson were a better fit for the district you'd imagine that he'd find support within the district.  So far that hasn't happened.  His money has largely come from PACs and large-dollar contributions from outside of the district.  

        Now none of these last three points mean that McNerney will beat Pombo.  But the idea that Filson is a better fit for the district because of his ideology is superficial in the extreme.

    •  Too true (0+ / 0-)

      "[...]some of the rancor I occasionally see between the camps."

      In the next few days we'll need to do some brainstorming on how best to mend our fences.

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