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In what is perhaps the most moronic moment in local politics since I moved here two months ago (and I've seen quite a few), CA-11 candidate Steve Filson attacked local grassroots organizations, the same that will be needed to win in November, as "extreme, according to a post on the Progressive 11th site.

Steve Filson criticized the grassroots group's that have endorsed Jerry McNerney for Congress as being "extreme." He in particular focused his attack on Bay Area progressive's at the forum in Richard Pombo's home town of Tracy, Ca. After I get a transcript or recording to get the specific words I will post them later.

No mention was there of the fact that he (and his staff) campaigned for most of the very same endorsements. Mr. Filson should have told these progressive grassroots groups how he really felt before he sought and lost their endorsement's to Jerry McNerney.

He should also consider that whoever wins the primary is going to need help from bay area and surrounding Democrats, liberals, progressives, environmentalists, and so on; alienating our allies with typical DLC rhetoric is a sure way to make sure you have no outside support.

The only explaination I can come up with is that he's pissed off over not getting some endorsements. I don't know the candidates well enough to choose one over the other, but whoever wins will have my full support as I despise Pombo. Hopefully, if Filson wins the primary, he can mend some fences. If not, he could be a lonely candidate in November.

Originally posted to RandyMI on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 12:18 PM PDT.

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  •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

    Any polling numbers for the Democratic primary?

  •  I met McNerney (0+ / 0-)

    several months ago at a Lynn Woolsey fund raiser.  I had no idea who he was at the time, just conversed with him and was quite impressed with his very sincere concerns about the environment and the ideas he had to change things from their current directions.  Since Pombo is recognized by progressives in this state as one of the biggest threats to the environment, we spent quite a bit of time focusing on him.  Because I was impressed with McNerney as a person and his ideas, and like to establish and keep up connections with like-thinking people, I asked for his card.  Later I noticed that he was a candidate for office.

    I've been following his campaign since then and it seems he definitely has progressive grassroots support.  I'm not in his district, but would sure feel well represented if he wins this seat.  

  •  Too bad there's no transcript yet (0+ / 0-)

    I'd rather see a transcript first before we get all worked up about this. If he did say that, it's unfathomably stupid, or desperate. But I don't doubt that someone who's never run for anything before, and is facing a locally popular and grassroots-backed candidate, is going to say stupid and desperate things. Unless this is what his good buddies Rep. Rahm Emmanuel and Rep. Ellen Tauscher told him to say.

    A word after a word after a word is power. -- Margaret Atwood

    by tmo on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 01:23:26 PM PDT

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