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For any of you who live in California's 49th Congressional District, in California or elsewhere and want to see Rep. Darrell Issa booted out of office after his handling of the hearings on the Fast & Furious fiasco (grilling U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder) and contraception (denying Sandra Fluke the chance to testify) as House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman, you have the opportunity to channel your frustrations by participating in a phone bank for Jerry Tetalman's campaign.  In case any of you are not familiar, Tetalman is the Democrat who is challenging Darrell Issa.  He has strong progressive beliefs and credentials although it is evident that his campaign operations and cash are not anywhere near Issa's network and war chest.

The details of the phone bank event are as follows (per Jerry Tetalman's website):

Phone Bank -- Calling All Voters!

October 13, 2012 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Event Length:  2 Hours (Repeats Every Week Until November 3, 2012)

Help us reach out to voters to spread the word about Jerry's campaign to bring a sensible, progressive voice to Congress to represent the 49th District. Please bring your cell phone and charger. 760-542-8190

Tetalman for Congress Headquarters
390 Oak Ave. Suite N
Carlsbad CA, 92008

If the phone bank is too busy and you guys need other opportunities, I wouldn't hesitate to ask the Tetalman campaign to see if there's anything else you can do to help (i.e. canvassing, honk & wave campaigning, letter writing to newspapers, contacting MSNBC people like Ed Schultz and Lawrence O'Donnell, etc.)

Now the question you should be asking isn't "Oh Jerry Tetalman can't win" or "The district is too Safe Red for me to try" but "What can I do to help?" or "Why not?"  I know the 49th Congressional District isn't predominantly Democratic but it also is no Nebraska or Oklahoma.  In case any of you haven't been paying addition, Southern California and even particularly around San Diego has an edge in Democratic voter registration over Republican voter registration.  Therefore, if the Democratic voter registration doesn't trickle down to the 49th Congressional District now, it will eventually (whether in this election cycle or the next election cycle).  Check out the following article:

For more information on Jerry Tetalman, go to

or read my diary at

Lastly, here's a list of endorsements for Jerry Tetalman:

*California Democratic Party

*All 49th District Democratic Clubs

*Francine Busby.  Yes, you've got that right, Francine Busby: the same Democrat who
more than once has challenged Rep. Brian Bilbray for election and re-election

*Radio Host Nicole Sandler

*Citizens for Global Solutions

*National Nurses United

*San Diego County Democratic Party

*California State Association of Letter Carriers

*National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC Branch 1100)

*University Professional and Technical Employees Union (UPTE-CWA 9119) at UCSD

*California State Legislative Board

*California Labor Federation

*Teamsters Local 986

In the meantime, here are a few Darrell Issa videos that can get you fired up:

1:52 PM PT: I just found out that Jerry Tetalman is holding a town hall meeting tonight in San Juan Capistrano so if any of you are looking to attend the event, by all means do it.  You should be able to ask Tetalman some questions, particularly his progressive views.

Here are the details of tonight's event:

Town Hall Meeting in San Juan Capistrano

October 9, 2012   7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Event Length:  1 Hour

Free public forum. Meet Jerry, hear him speak, and ask questions of importance to you. Coffee and Dessert served! Bring a friend.

SJC Community Center
25925 Camino Del Avion
SJC CA, 92675

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  •  any polling data? (0+ / 0-)

    does he have a fighting chance?

    •  No polling data as of yet... and there's a reason (0+ / 0-)

      The reason there isn't any polling data is because no one is covering the campaign.  Hell, a number of people and polling outlets that over campaigns have the audacity to label the California 49th Congressional District as "Safe Red" yet they never provide any polling data to justify their conclusions.  Now isn't that real analysis!

      However, Jerry Tetalman knows his own district and he argues there has been an increase in the number of Democrats and independents in the district.  He's lived there for quite a number of years and knows it very well.

      Check out this video.  It shows Tetalman at a debate this past may with two other Democratic candidates.  At the 1:05 point of the video (that's 1 minutes and five seconds into the video) Tetalman talks about the increase of Democrats and independents:

      Also, polls and data justifications aside, you might be interested in Tetalman's perspective on terrorism.  It's very thoughtful I might point out:

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