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  •  Elton Gallegly (4+ / 0-)

    As luck may have it, I'm currently reading United States v. Stevens, in which the 3rd Circuit struck down a law making it a crime to distribute depictions of cruelty to animals. The target of the law was "crush videos" in which women wearing high heels tortured small animals for the sexual arousal of seriously sick tickets. The sponsor of the law (15 U.S.C. 48) was none other than Elton Gallegly.

    "There's no doubt in my mind, not one doubt in my mind, that we will fail."--George W. Bush.

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 12:47:03 PM PST

    •  I believe that Obama narrowly won (4+ / 0-)

      Gallegly's district.  I live here, and I'd like to see him go, but for years the Dems have run token opposition.  2010 might be the right year.

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      by indigoblueskies on Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 12:55:10 PM PST

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      •  I live in CA-24 too (2+ / 0-)
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        As much as I'd like to see Gallegly replaced with a Democrat, it can't happen until the county Democrats stop squabbling.

        Marta Jorgensen won the primary, despite zero recognition, zero campaigning, and minimal interest. Even she was shocked to win the primary. Maybe she won because she listed 'Teacher' as her occupation, but I think it's also because there's not a lot of love out there for Jill Martinez or Mary Pallant.

        It was very different from the primary two years ago, when the local bigwigs decided for us that Jill Martinez would be our nominee. But after winning the nomination in a rather nasty fight against Pallant, Reverend Martinez did almost no campaigning against Gallegly. I actually tried to volunteer at an event, but there weren't any events -- in October, I think the only scheduled event was standing on a corner outside a Ventura gas station. If I didn't know better, I'd say Jill Martinez got the blessing by promising not to campaign -- not wasting party resources in a doomed attempt, in other words. This despite Gallegely's botched attempt to retire, citing health problems. He was vulnerable.

        Going back further, it's a long history of bitter arguments over whether Brett Wagner should be allowed to represent the party: whether he was too liberal, or too gay, or had silly hair.

        •  Howdy neighbor! (1+ / 0-)
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          I agree, the demographics have moved in favor of Democrats in Ventura County ("The Other Orange County"). But the local Dems haven't organized well to engage it.

          "Protest" candidates are the only kind we can get to run against The Invicible Gallegly (an empty suit who has failed to distinguish himself in any way after twenty years in Congress).

          We really need someone who is currently holding, or has held local office... a supervisor, a mayor, a council member... anyone with name recognition, to take on Gallegly or his successor.

          Why won't they do it?

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          by jjohnjj on Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 03:50:38 PM PST

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        •  Hidey neighbor , good analysis (0+ / 0-)

          I wrote a diary about it once, I was under the impression that Jill Martinez was strong armed into the candidacy at Rahm's wishes over Brett Wagner, who, like him or not did better than Martinez.....and considering that voters were then starting to wake up, she should have done a lot better.
           I would have liked to hear more about the smear campaign against Mary Pallant as well, that seemed very nasty.
           There were a lot of strange allegations from Wagner including the false and spurious charges of financial problems....which would seem to have been come at Wagner from dems/Rahms anyway.
            I'm sure you know about Brian Dennert's Ventura Star blog and the Young Democrats blog...

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          by KenBee on Wed Feb 04, 2009 at 01:06:15 AM PST

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    •  Obama carried 8 CA-GOP districts (2+ / 0-)
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      His biggest margins were in Elton Gallegly's CA-24 and David Dreier's CA-26 and he narrowly won Howard "Buck" McKeon's CA-25 and John Campbell's CA-48th. The other 4 he won were, Bono-Mack, Ken Calvert, Brian Bilbray and Dan Lundgren.

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