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 TOMORROW 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!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.)
October 28, 2012 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Event Length: 3 Hours
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.
390 Oak Ave.
Carlsbad CA, 92008
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 my diaries as follows:
A Harsh Critique of Darrell Issa from a resident in 49th Congressional District:
Jerry Tetalman's Statement on Darrell Issa's Press Release on Libyan Incident:
Tetalman News Conference on Darrell Issa's Support of HR 6082 (pro oil-drilling, offshore drilling legislation):
My Interview with Jerry Tetalman
AND of course, the really necessary links:
Jerry Tetalman for Congress:
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:
Seriously, how can you not support someone who has been an active participant in a number of peace conferences around the world and has managed to meet with South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu!