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Until now, most political pundits and power-brokers assumed that it was nearly impossible to defeat Richard Pombo in November.

Like a lot of "intelligence" coming out of Washington these days, it turns out that they were wrong.

According to a poll just released, Jerry McNerney would defeat Richard Pombo, if the general election were held today. The poll, conducted May 1-3, shows McNerney leading Pombo 46% to 42%. The poll was conducted for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund by respected polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and includes a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9%.

As I have said time and again over the last two years, we can defeat Richard Pombo. And now, we're not the only ones saying it.

According to today's Stockton Record, well-respected Republican political analyst Allan Hoffenblum -- "who had downplayed the potential competitiveness of the race before" -- said he might have to change his mind:

"It's a sign of deep, deep trouble (for Pombo). It's not easy to get a voter to say they'd fire an incumbent," said Hoffenblum. "This could really be a horse race."

We now face the biggest challenge of our campaign. The "Washington Consensus" that Pombo is somehow unbeatable is now history. As a result, the stakes have been raised to an unprecedented level.

As I write this diary for Daily Kos, voters are receiving their absentee ballots in the mail -- and receiving our message loud and clear. With votes already being cast before the June 6th primary, we are riding a wave of great news and grassroots excitement:

    (1) According to another poll just cited by Roll Call, I am leading my primary opponent 41 to 28 percent, with 30 percent undecided. This confirms internal polling we conducted in late April showing that I have a double-digit lead that increases substantially once voters are informed about my vision to transform our district into the "Silicon Valley of renewable energy."

    (2). The San Jose Mercury News just endorsed our campaign to put a permanent end to Richard Pombo's political career. The Merc is the largest newspaper in Northern California and a major opinion leader. This is the first major newspaper endorsement of a candidate in the primary and the first by a newspaper that serves readers within the 11th Congressional District.

    (3) After many months of building support, we just received the most important endorsement of all in the race to win the Democratic Primary -- the California Democratic Party endorsed our campaign! It was an overwhelming victory (75%) and a strong demonstration of our campaign's support.

It's time to stand up for real Democratic values -- not Republican-lite platitudes. I had the courage to stand up to Richard Pombo as a write-in candidate in 2004 when no other Democrat was willing to hold Pombo accountable. I even mortgaged my house that year to pay for a recount of the signatures required to place my candidacy on the November ballot. And I ended up receiving more votes than any previous challenger to Pombo -- without one dime of support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Still, for the last two years, the pundits and power- brokers -- even inside our own party -- have been telling us that it was almost impossible to defeat Richard Pombo. Now they know better.

The Washington insiders did not have the courage to stand up to Richard Pombo two years ago. Can you help me stand up for real Democratic values by contributing to our campaign before Wednesday's FEC reporting deadline?

To make sure we can contact every likely voter in every precinct, we need to raise thousands of dollars in the next week. Please consider contributing $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or any amount up to the federal maximum of $2,100.

AND PLEASE ADD 11 CENTS TO THE TOTAL (for the 11th Congressional District) so we know it came from the netroots!

We would not be in this position without you -- the grassroots and netroots supporters who have contributed thousands of hours, dollars, and ideas to our growing campaign. Every time I have asked you to stand up and support me, your generosity has blown me away.

Pombo is in serious trouble and our campaign to defeat him is peaking at the perfect time. With your support, we can put an end to the era of Pombo Politics.

Together, we can give Pombo the boot.

Jerry McNerney

p.s. The stakes couldn't be higher -- there are only 26 days left until Election Day and absentee ballots are already being cast. Volunteer in CA-11 to help us get out the vote right now!


Update [2006-5-11 14:55:11 by McNerneyforCongress]: Hey folks -- thank you so much for your support! Dollars demonstrate our financial power -- the ability we'll have to efficiently and effectively contact thousands of voters in the 11th district in the closing weeks of the campaign. More importantly, however, the number of donors demonstrates our people power -- the grassroots excitement that translates directly into "feet on the street" and votes on Election Day.

Thank you! Keep it up -- we're going to need millions to take on Pombo after the primary!


Originally posted to McNerneyforCongress on Thu May 11, 2006 at 08:12 AM PDT.


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  •  it doesn't matter what YOU say... (4+ / 4-) only matters what Diebold tabulates.  I'm afraid an only 4% spread is close enough for Diebold to overcome.

    Cynical as hell, yes I am.  So tired of losing elections to software companies and corruption.

    We were promised a democracy, sold an oligarchy, and ended up with a kakistocracy...

    by topicalstorm on Thu May 11, 2006 at 08:15:18 AM PDT

  •  Sent A Contribution (10+ / 0-)

    But forgot the eleven cents.  The contribution still was from the netroots.

    Ordinarily, I do not like to contribute before a primary occurs.  However, the endorsement of the California Democratic Party, the endorsement of the Mercury News, and the fact that this is a campaign against Representative Pombo all prompted me to contribute.

  •  good luck !!!!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    Malacandra, vlc

    kick some GOP butt

    Those were good times, as far as we knew. --Colbert

    by AmericanHope on Thu May 11, 2006 at 08:23:24 AM PDT

  •  This is the best news I've read in a while (9+ / 0-)

    I was also really pleased to learn that you got the local party endorsement this time around.  Congrats and kudos to you. You are a walking, talking, typing gate crasher and I know it took some serious work on your part.  

    Looking forward to helping you help us every way I can.  Thanks again for working so diligently to oppose this jerk.  

    And thanks for providing glimmers of good news here!

  •  I can't get the 'contribute now' (2+ / 0-)
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    dabize, saucy monkey

    link to work.

    I have emailed my relatives that live in your district and asked them to vote for you and against Pombo.  

    Who knows, they skew right, but they're hunters and fishermen, Pombo trying to sell off the national forests may have turned them off.

  •  Many wishes (10+ / 0-)

    of good luck. I'm a poverty stricken college student, so I'll have to save some pennies for a while before I send any green love -- but I grew up in your district, out in the delta, and the place deserves so much better than it's getting with Pombo. I figured this race would tighten up, and I hope that it starts to get the attention it deserves.

    Taking out Pombo would be a wonderful thing even for those who don't have my hometown attachment. He's just wrong.

    PS sometime this summer, it will probably behoove you to get out to the rural towns in the east part of the district and do some talking/town-hall style things. It's not always as conservative out there as you'd think -- but requires face-to-face interaction as much as possible. Brentwood vice mayor Ana Gutierrez was a classmate of mine in high school, and would probably be a good person to get in touch with should you decide to get out there much.

    •  visiting the small towns (6+ / 0-)
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      Spit, tmo, jps, peraspera, saucy monkey, Cory Bantic

      Indeed, the small towns are important and there are some very good ideas floating around there. I visited Linden yesterday and met the Linden Herald publisher. I also plan to go to the cherry festival. I don't really consider Brentwood to be a small town, it's one of the bigger and fastest growing towns in the district, and I will contact Ana.

      The rural towns have an agricultural environment. Many farmers think Pombo is their friend, but we have a vision of making our district the Silicon Valley of new energy technology, which means guaranteed markets for low impact agricultural products such as mustard seeds that will enhance farm revenue.

      Thanks for your suggestions,

      •  Heh (1+ / 0-)
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        I don't really consider Brentwood to be a small town, it's one of the bigger and fastest growing towns in the district

        This is definitely true. The level of development in these towns ove the last 10-15 years has been stunning. And to no small degree has to do with the death of the smaller farms in the immediate area.

        Sprawl is also an important issue to everybody out that way, as I'm sure you're already well aware.

  •  Good News, but... (0+ / 0-)'s worth noting that Greenberg Quinlan is a Democratic polling firm. I've worked with them in the past and they do top notch research, but this isn't the same as Zogby or Gallup.

    "And on the eighth day, God created the Boston Red Sox."

    by Red Sox on Thu May 11, 2006 at 08:37:46 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for posting this! (12+ / 0-)

    This is very, very good news, and it'll be a great thing to mention to skeptics when I phonebank on your behalf this evening.

    The results of this poll put Jerry McNerney in a statistical tie with Steve Filson, the DLC and DCCC-backed ex-Republican who is Jerry's challenger in this primary... and the poll puts both of them ahead of Pombo.  This race is an excellent opportunity for the netroots to provide the margin of victory for the much more desirable candidate in this primary: Jerry McNerney.

    And I can think of few people more worthy of targeting than Richard Pombo - someone whose record is among the worst in Congress.

    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington considers Pombo as one of the 10 most corrupt members of the House of Representatives. Rep. Pombo's ethics violations include: misuse of the franking privilege, accepting campaign contributions in return for legislative assistance, keeping family members on his campaign payroll, and misusing official resources. He's also tied to the Tom DeLay/Jack Abramoff scandals.

    The Sierra Club calls Mr. Pombo "the most frightening man in Congress". The League of Conservation Voters has given Mr. Pombo a 3% rating in terms of how often his votes are aligned with environmentalists, one of the lowest for any politician.

    Jerry McNerney ran against Pombo in 2004, garnering an endorsement from DFA National - he was one of the original "Dean Dozen". He continues to garner support from DFA and PDA groups across Northern California.

    Insofar as Jerry’s signature issue is renewable energy, I think he's in an ideal position - given the current rise in fuel prices - to not only defeat an especially egregious member of Congress, but to replace him with someone capable of effectively promoting the kinds of far-thinking solutions we'll need to address the serious challenges ahead.

    Sign me up as a diplomat - my only office is the park.

    by Malacandra on Thu May 11, 2006 at 08:38:56 AM PDT

  •  Poll confirms what we grassroots have been saying (13+ / 0-)

    This poll added to what I see going on at McNerney's campaign headquarters when I've been in volunteering, is proof positive of the grassroots momentum we've been talking about.

    I'm really looking forward to attending the the first Nancy Pelosi and DCCC fundraisers for Jerry McNerney after the June primary.  It's sure gonna be great to tell the establishment Dems and DCCC to buckle down and get behind the grassroots primary winner.

    With this race competitive now, maybe Moveon will even run some of their caught red handed advertisements. Pombo would be a great person to get rid of!

  •  Go Jerry (10+ / 0-)
    I live up in Humboldt County in CA-1, but I've sent you two $50 contributions, one in March and one last week.  Sorry I'm tapped out now.  You've done a great job over the opposition of the DCCC.  I look forward to contributing to your campaign leading up to the November general election.

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Thu May 11, 2006 at 08:55:27 AM PDT

  •  that's great news (12+ / 0-)

    i've been ipressed with your development on ag issues. i think taking pombo head on in his base is a smart strategy, and could even point the way for dem challengers in the valley on down the road. what's good for agribizness isn't good for farmers, and one does not have to choose between environmentalism and economic prosperity.

    you might want to consider hitting pombo for his inability or unwillingness to get some adequate levee infrastructure funding for the district as well. it is clear that republicans do not care about investing in such things; perhaps it is best to let those folks know that if they want their houses, farms and businesses safe from catastrophic floods, that they're going to have to vote for democrats, because republicans think spending money to help regular folks is "waste," and it gets in the way of their graft.

    getting such an argument out there before the next flood season would be wise, as you might be able to channel the anxiety that comes with watching those waters swell into actually fixing (or at least alleviating) the problem.

    crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

    by wu ming on Thu May 11, 2006 at 09:03:25 AM PDT

    •  Levees (7+ / 0-)

      are a very good thing to bring up this year... there have already been small breaches within the district (west of Stockton), if I recall correctly.

      what's good for agribizness isn't good for farmers, and one does not have to choose between environmentalism and economic prosperity

      Wish I could give you a 5 for this statement. It's one that's usually not made strongly enough.

      •  the words were mine (11+ / 0-)

        but the message is jerry's:

        Agriculture is an issue that lies at the heart of CD-11. It plays a pivotal role, not just in our economic affairs, but our environment and even our national security. And with every year that passes, it becomes increasingly harder for our farmers and ranchers to continue in their livelihoods. They are being squeezed by government policies which are making it more difficult and more expensive to produce crops while simultaneously adopting trade agreements which lower profits. For many commodity producers, the only recourse is selling productive agricultural property for housing development. If we allow our agricultural communities to fail, our ability to feed our nation diminishes, and we become increasingly reliant on foreign sources for the very food and fiber that sustains us.


        Rep. Richard Pombo, instead of working to solve these very real problems that face commodity producers, has chosen to paint the situation as a battle between agriculture and the environment. I don’t buy that for a minute. I believe that we can have sustainable and environmentally-friendly farming and ranching practices, and I also believe that most members of the agricultural community want to follow good stewardship practices. But they need our help. What we need is a shared commitment to achieve these common goals so that we can protect our precious land, water, air, and biological diversity while enjoying the benefits provided by a healthy and vibrant agricultural community. We have the power, if we work together, to build a better future for ALL Americans, and that is what I will fight for in Congress.

        this could be a major part of taking the central valley back, if dems used it right. a lot of farmers are hurting bad from the free trade agreements and agribiz depressing commodity prices, and the rising cost of fuel has many extremely worried about the future. there's a huge opportunity there, if dems would but take it.

        crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

        by wu ming on Thu May 11, 2006 at 09:39:15 AM PDT

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        •  Absolutely (5+ / 0-)

          a lot of farmers are hurting bad from the free trade agreements and agribiz depressing commodity prices

          NAFTA killed most of the smaller farmers I knew growing up. And their bitterness at Clinton for signing it cannot be overstated.

          It's not that the rural central valley is always all that deep red, it's that we need as a party to develop real ways to talk about agricultural issues. Our tactic is usually to ignore them, unless we're pandering via subsidies -- neither tactic works.

          I tend to think that's true on the national level as well. Rural voters IMO are not as conservative in general as many here seem to believe.

          •  agreed (5+ / 0-)

            i have watched the tomato canneries move south, and tomato farmers get squeezed more and more. every time a cannery closes, those blue collar jobs dry up and blow away, and the communities tyurn to real estate sprawl to balance the books. farmers switch from one crop to the other in hopes of making a buck that isn't undercut by imported fruits, nuts and vegetables. and on top of all of this are rising gas prices. i wouldn't be surprised to see more and more farmers get into organic farming and biodiesel coops for pump and tractor fuel, just to stay alive.

            te valley can be flipped, but it has to be done in a way thatoffers a new way forward, and sold by people who don't look down on the folks who live here, or assume they're all reactionaries. add a decent farm policy to a decades-long registration drive and leadership recruitment in the latino community and the valley might flip earlier than anyone realizes. UC merced could shake things up as well once its student body and college town economy starts to really grow, a couple of years down the line.

            if we bothered to run hard everywhere in this state, we could get the 2/3 majority to actually pass budgets and fix it, i am convinced. hopefully we're moving in that direction.

            crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

            by wu ming on Thu May 11, 2006 at 10:19:18 AM PDT

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  •  Sir, thank you! (4+ / 0-)
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    Fiat Lux, vlc, JDinCA, AmericanRiverCanyon

    Gallop right over top of him. We're right behind you.
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  •  Pombo Also Trails Filson (3+ / 0-)

    The same poll shows Filson ahead of Pombo 49-41.

    The diary refers to "Republican-lite platitudes."  Is McNerny accusing Filson of being Republican-lite?  Are there major philosophical differences between the Democratic candidates?

    •  are you kidding? (13+ / 0-)

      Filson IS a former Republican.  Filson still won't tell us whether he supports the war in Iraq, but he is telling us that we should stay there indefinitely, and will not, I repeat, NOT, support a redeployment plan.  Filson has no experience in renewable energy, while Jerry has led on the issue for his entire career as a Renewable Energy engineer and businessman.  Jerry's issues are far more well thought out and detailed (have a look), vs. Filson's broad brush blurbs.  Jerry is for universal healthcare, including by expansion of medicare.  Filson has no idea apparently what to do about healthcare.  Filson also has no intention of taking on big pharma on Medicare Part D.  Jerry will.

      Jerry thinks social security is too important an issue to be left up to Washington Republicans.  He wants to pay back what Bush has raided from the trust fund.  Filson believes HE is too important to even mention social security on his Issues page.

      Filson also has a deafening silence and nothing to say about a woman's right to make her own private medical decision, while Jerry is crystal clear: he supports the right of a woman to reproductive freedom, and he will vote to protect it.

      While Jerry will fight for the right of working people to unionize, Filson is too embarrassed to even mention 'labor' on his website.

      Major differences?  You tell me.

      •  In all fairness (12+ / 0-)

        In all fairness Steve Filson has consistently said that's he's pro-choice and (FWIW) in favor of gay marriages.  He's also touting his involvement with the airline pilots' union, so he's not exactly silent on the issue of labor.

        That said, I think Jerry McNerney is a strong advocate for Democratic principles and that he demonstrated tremendous moral courage when he ran against Pombo in 2004, at great personal cost, before it was fashionable or easy.  And the fact that Steve Filson has been knocking McNerney for a putative lack of leadership when Filson was happy to sit on the sidelines in 2004 says a lot about who Filson is.  Jerry McNerney stood up alone in 2004, where the hell was Steve Filson?  If Filson was a leader he would have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Jerry McNerney.  We don't need another Democratic Congressman who lacks the backbone to take a stand on principles.  

        •  Quote? (1+ / 0-)
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          Do you have a link to a quote to those effects (that Filson is pro-choice and in favor of marriage equality [please, start using this frame - it's not about "gay" marriage, it's about equality])?

          •  Try this (1+ / 0-)
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            wu ming

            I don't have time to find better quotes, but what I've written above is part of his stump speech.  I've heard him say things to this effect at least five times.

            Here're some quotes that aren't great, but they'll do (from the candidate questionaire Filson filled out for the East Bay Young Dems):

            How will you use your campaign and position to promote equal rights for GLBT families and defeat constitutional amendments that seek to restrict marriage rights and undo domestic partnership laws?

            I will fight within Congress to defeat constitutional amendments that would discriminate against our fellow Americans.  

            States should be allowed to expand their own definitions of marriage, free from federal interference.    

            Women’s right to choose is under attack in our country. How would you use your office to protect a woman’s right to choose in all 50 states?

            I would work with fellow members of Congress to pass legislation that would finally codify a woman’s right to choose.

            I should make clear that I've heard him take stronger stances on these issues, but that I'm not searching for better quotes because of time constraints (and laziness).  And I also want to point out that I still don't like him as a candidate.  I just know for a fact that your criticisms of Filson with respect to choice and marriage equality are off the mark.    

        •  Filson Will Not Support Impeachment (1+ / 0-)
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          Mr Bula

          Said that when speaking before a progressive group of voters, just so you know.

      •  Deaniac83: I want your pledge (0+ / 0-)

        I will support whoever emerges from the Dem primary in June. I ask you to follow my example and take that pledge.

    •  Well that's good news too (2+ / 0-)
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      Land of Enchantment, reid fan

      Both candidates are viable and can defeat Pombo.

    •  Philosophical Differences (0+ / 0-)

      They're both pro-choice and pro-gay rights (Filson is in favor of Marriage Equality, McNerney prefers Civil Unions).

      They both want to get out of Iraq, but their rhetoric is different.  Jerry's focuses on speed, Steve's focuses on responsibility.  The goals aren't mutually exclusive; I'm just commenting on rhetoric.

      It's worth noting that there are a couple of polls that have come out recently, and their results are somewhat contradictory.  Each side is cherry-picking results to put front and center, which is what you would expect.  Take it with a grain of salt.

      The "Republican-lite" and similar name-calling is just that, name-calling.  I've learned to live with it.

      I hope that helps.

      •  JB, why the lack of clarity on Iraq? (0+ / 0-)

        Steve Filson has repeatedly and on the record said that a public timetable on Iraq would be "irresponsible."  McNerney supports the Murtha plan.  You cannot devolve these substantive policy difference into a mere rhetorical difference.

        Steve Filson is opposed to leaving Iraq any time soon.  His "policy" would be to put pressure on Bush to come up with a better plan in Iraq.  If you think that'll work I have a bridge to sell you.  It's in a great location near the bay and painted a wonderful shade called International Orange.  

        Furthermore, Filson has chosen to adopt Republican talking points to deploy against his fellow Democrats. So not only does his policy stink, his rhetoric about the policy only serves to undermine the Democratic brand.  

        •  Reminiscent of Monty Python... (1+ / 0-)
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          M:  I came here for a good argument.
          A:  No you didn't; no, you came here for an argument.
          M:  An argument isn't just contradiction.
          A:  It can be.
          M:  No it can't. An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.
          A:  No it isn't.
          M:  Yes it is! It's not just contradiction.
          A:  Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.
          M:  Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'
          A:  Yes it is!
          M:  No it isn't!

          After the Primary we're all going to have to come together in Democratic brotherhood.  We'll sing campfire songs, maybe make some lanyards.  If there's time, we'll cuddle.  I know you're angry and I respect that, but sometimes it feels like you're trying to get in the way of the coming-together goal.

          I've got finals to study for.  And sentences to end with prepositions.

          •  I'm not angry, but I do care about reality (0+ / 0-)


            I really believe that your sentence "They both want to get out of Iraq, but their rhetoric is different.  Jerry's focuses on speed, Steve's focuses on responsibility.  The goals aren't mutually exclusive; I'm just commenting on rhetoric" is very misleading.

            You do a disservice to the readers of this blog when you attempt to collapse a substantive difference into a rhetorical one.  I'm not trying to argue with you, I'm trying to set the record straight.  And if I challenge you on your points, so be it.  

            You will also notice that I corrected Deaniac83 in this thread, even though I agree with his contention that Filson is not the best candidate.  I don't see anything wrong with ensuring that the factual assertions we make are accurate.

            I'm not making any personal accusations against you.  I believe that you want the best for the Democratic Party, the district, and the country.  But that belief does not prompt me to watch silently while you repeatedly make contentions that I think grossly distort reality.  

            Even if you like Filson's position on Iraq is better than McNerney's, you cannot argue that their positions are hard to distinguish on a substantive policy level.  But you seem to be asserting that the relevant difference between McNerney and Filson on Iraq is not one of policy, but one of rhetoric.  You can either defend that assertion or cease making it. But you cannot get me to stop form challenging you by characterizing me as "angry."  I'm not operating out of anger right now but out of a deep fidelity for the truth.

            In any event, good luck on your finals.          


            •  'On second thought, (1+ / 0-)
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              CAL11 voter

              let's not go to Camelot.  It is a silly place."  I'm on a Monty Python kick today.

              Emet, friend, I think you're being excessively maudlin.  I commented on the rhetoric I've heard and did so accurately.  This is a "yay Jerry" thread and I'm cool with that.  I'll see you on June 7.

              I'll give props where props are due for setting deaniac straight.

  •  hunters and fishermen (9+ / 0-)
    and nature enthusiasts of any kind MUST learn the truth about Pombo.

    I've always thought the very best thing about the United States is the open, public lands that we still have.

    Pombo wants to get rid of ALL OF THEM.  

    The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer -- Henry Kissinger

    by theyrereal on Thu May 11, 2006 at 09:12:33 AM PDT

  •  Well this is good news (5+ / 0-)

    Pombo is already trailing and clearly vulnerable to defeat.  There is a Republican voter registration edge (43%-37%) but that's not impossible to overcome.  It's interesting that Pombo cannot seem to reach the 43% which is the number of registered Republicans in the district.  That's bad news for him.

    •  19% independents (0+ / 0-)

      That's a pretty decent cushion to work with.

      Meanwhile, the Dark Lord, Cheney himself is coming to (an undisclosed location in) Stockton for a fundraiser on May 22.  Hastert did the same, last week, but in Manteca.  Clearly Pombo's feeling the heat.


  •  You GO Jerry (6+ / 0-)

    I've been supporting you since early in your 2004 campaign and I think you're one of the most courageous people around.  

    Personally, I think it's time we start "hiring" experts at solving America's problems to lead this country.  I'm sick to death of consultants telling the American people who should be in charge (and losing while they're doing it).

    While this story has to do with the DSCC, it applies just as much to the DCCC.  If you want to see the fight between Howard Dean and Rahmbo, here's another story.

    I want my country back.  I want my party back.  Jerry makes me proud to be a Democrat again.  

    War is a dying idea.

    by vlc on Thu May 11, 2006 at 09:27:32 AM PDT

  •  to be fair to Rahm (1+ / 0-)
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    thiers so many districs with closing poll numbers as the Republican incumbent falls apart, he still has to rank them in order of liklyhood of victory. I,m with the people who think the highest priority is taking blue seats back like those in New England, once we win those,they are ours and don't need to be defended as much every 2 years, sort of like the Gops taking of white southern seats in 94.

    this is your mission: TERMINATE the Bush presidency

    by nevadadem on Thu May 11, 2006 at 09:41:26 AM PDT

  •  Kickass news (10+ / 0-)

    This is great news...statistically, it's a dead heat, but considering that Pombo has been winning by 20-point margins, it's a huge development. Pombo is all hat and no cattle, and maybe the voters are finally realizing it.

    In loving memory: Sophie, June 1, 1993-January 17, 2005. My huckleberry friend.

    by Paul in Berkeley on Thu May 11, 2006 at 09:48:27 AM PDT

  •  Go Jerry!!! (7+ / 0-)

    I live in Stockton.  I feel very positive that we are going to finally get the evil Pombo out of here!!

    Got an email from the Defender's of Wildlife.  In case anyone in this area can make it...

    Please join the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund at next Monday's debate between Richard Pombo, Pete McCloskey, and Tom Benigno. Yes, that's right, Pombo has finally agreed to debate.

    The May 15 debate sponsored by the Tracy Press will start at 7:00 and is schedule to go until 8:30m. at Williams Middle School, 1600 Tennis Lane in Tracy. It is free and open to the public.

  •  Help for getting to the district (8+ / 0-)

    I just want to remind everyone about Left on 580, which is an internet-based ride board to get volunteers to the district.  The group sponsoring Left on 580 hasn't taken a position on the primary, but anyone who wants to canvass for McNerney can post/search for rides on the website.

  •  Another reason Pombo should go. (9+ / 0-)
    From Oceana:

    Republican Congressional leaders [Guess who's behind this] may soon bring to a vote legislation that would weaken the Marine Mammal Protection Act by removing a deadline that reduces the catch, injuryand killing of dolphins, whales and other marine mammals...

    The Marine Mammal Protection Act requires the federal government to reduce the killing and injury of marine mammals in commercial fisheries to negligible levels. Ten years ago, Congress set April 2001 as the deadline to achieve this goal, but the deadline has since passed.

    Now, instead of working harder to enforce the deadline, some members of Congress just want to do away with it altogether. What they should do is insist that the government comply with the law. If this deadline is removed, marine mammals will lose the most basic and fundamental protection given to them, and the number killed or harmed by commercial fishing operations could increase by the thousands...

    Take action today -- tell Congress not to kill the Dolphin Deadline!

    There's a email link to tell your Rep. that this is an outrage (and send Pombo a message). Love to see a few thousand Kossacks go bang it!

  •  Go get 'em Jerry (7+ / 0-)

    This poll is a sign of good things to come. The more the voters learn about Pombo, the less they want to send him back.

    Keep fighting!!

    Throw Richard Pombo out of the House! Support Jerry McNerney

    by Naturegal on Thu May 11, 2006 at 09:59:57 AM PDT

  •  Pombo Must Go (5+ / 0-)

    In my view, coming into 2006, Pombo ranked only behind Tom Delay on the "horrible and we have to try to beat him" scale.  This poll is fantastic news.  

    Personally, I'm waiting out the primary, but come 6/7, time and money go to CA-11.  

    Thanks for posting.

  •  Great! (3+ / 0-)
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    Fiat Lux, UniC, saucy monkey

    Just sent you $20.11 - wish it could be more.  Keep it up!

    All of life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the questions. - Tennessee Williams

    by Leslie in CA on Thu May 11, 2006 at 10:14:01 AM PDT

  •  $25.11 (4+ / 0-)

    Go Jerry. Pombo really is poisonous to the environment. Hope we can finally get rid of this scourge.

  •  Fuckin A! Incredibly exciting!!! (0+ / 0-)
  •  good luck and godspeed (0+ / 0-)

    Support Allan Lichtman for US Senate in Maryland. It's time for a real Democrat.

    by Theo McCarthy on Thu May 11, 2006 at 10:36:49 AM PDT

  •  Richard Pombo is Tom DeLay without (11+ / 0-)

    the press coverage. I have said that for years. He calls the EPA jack-booted thugs. Since he arrived in congress he has been clear that his mission in life is the repeal of the endangered species act. This year he made significant progress towards that goal in the House.

    One thing that worries me a lot about conversion of ag land to development in the northern Valley is the ongoing permitting of huge subdivisions in flood plains behind weak levees. If your almond orchard floods it can recover. A flooded housing tract is another thing. Is federal flood insurance for precarious development a good use of taxpayer dollars? Given the energy situation and the fact that California is overbuilt with upscale houses already, do we really want to encourage more sprawl?

    Jerry, I've given you a little money (but put .01, not .11)and gotten some members of my out of state family to contribute. We're all tapped out right now, but more will come.

    -9.25 -9.18 Barbara Lee and Howard Dean speak for me

    by laurak on Thu May 11, 2006 at 10:42:37 AM PDT

  •  If Pombo makes it out of the primary (2+ / 0-)
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    saucy monkey, momosan

    Pete McCloskey is challenging I believe.  He would be tough to beat but at least the voters in this district would end up with two decent people from which to make a choice.

  •  I taste blood (6+ / 0-)

    Young Peregrine Falcon from USFWS (lately endangered species, and recovering no thanks to Pombo)

    This is excellent news.  But as Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over till it's over".  Keep up the good work; don't let up at all.

  •  The Rise and Possible Fall of Richard Pombo (0+ / 0-)

    Really good article about Pombo and his Democratic enablers in congress at Counterpunch.

    -9.25 -9.18 Barbara Lee and Howard Dean speak for me

    by laurak on Thu May 11, 2006 at 12:01:12 PM PDT

  •  I live in Tracy (4+ / 0-)
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    There are ALOT of Democrats here who commute into the city and aren't really aware of local politics.  I hated Pombo for quite some time, and I know this sounds stupid, but I lived here for about a year before I realized I had moved into his district.  Wake up the new neighborhoods, and you should start packing your bags, because you're moving to Washington.

    •  District was drawn up by crazy people (0+ / 0-)

      It doesn't sound stupid at all that you didn't know you were in his district. It's only about the craziest drawn district I've ever seen. There's a map of it at CA 11, one of a plethora of blogs that have sprung up to kick Pombo out. Look at the cities that are in the district: first you've got Danville, San Ramon, Dublic, Pleasanton and Tracy, all full of central Bay Area housing refugees. Then there's Morgan Hill, all the way down in the Santa Clara Valley, then you've got Lodi and Manteca all the way out in the Sacramento Valley. There's very little that binds these areas together.

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

      by tmo on Thu May 11, 2006 at 01:01:35 PM PDT

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  •  McNerney Will Make a Great Congressman (0+ / 0-)
    ?Pes look like the Democrats are going to win a majority in the House in November. That will make it even more important to have independent-minded progressives in the Democratic Party caucus, people who serve the grassroots interests (workers and consumers), not the Inside-the-Beltway interests (Big Business campaign contributors). There are a lot of reasons to support Jerry McNerney-- his ability to give voters in CA-11 a reason to go to the polls to retire Richard Pombo being the most important of them. One of those reasons is that come next January, someone is going to have to stand up to the Democratic version of Tom DeLay. People like Jerry McNerney and Jan Schneider (FL-13) aren't working so hard to get elected so that they can be rubberstamps FOR ANYONE.

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