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Monday, January 09, 2006

the California Five

  • CA-11, Richard Pombo
  • CA-26, David Dreier
  • CA-50, Vacant (formely Duke Cunningham)
  • CA-24, Elton Gallegly
  • CA-45, Mary Bono

  • These are the five vulnerable GOP districts in California....districts whose voters are most open to a Democratic message but are now represented by Republicans.

    Pombo, Dreier, Gallegly and Bono are all cogs in the machine that's brought Californians the corrupt mess in Washington exemplified by Cunningham and DeLay. You can see by their voting records on Progressive Punch that there is virtually NO DIFFERENCE between them. With the GOP, it's a rubber stamp congress. When they say they're independent...we have to say BS.

    We need five credible candidates, five well-funded campaigns, five grass roots fueled efforts...and we need to roll up our sleeves and use the blogosphere to make it known that with the GOP voting in lock step for two decades:...they're all tied to Tom DeLay.

    4 Comments:

    • Great analysis! By the stats, Dreier is certainly the most vulnerable because a no-name, unfunded candidate came within a couple of percentage points of beating him last time-- the only California incumbant to come close to defeat. But this year is shaping up somewhat differently, and although I agree that your 5 picks are all vulnerable and should be targeted, I also feel that voters don't have to wait for the Feds to take action before removing John Doolittle, Duncan Hunter, Jerry Lewis and Darrell Issa from their seats. These, along with Pombo, are among the most corrupt individuals to ever plague American politics. It is only a matter of time before these guys will be residing in prisons. I hope the voters in their respective districts do the right thing and remove them in November. I posted a long analysis of these races on
      Down With Tyranny
      yesterday.

      By Blogger DownWithTyranny, at 1:14 PM  

    • Get Pombo! He must go and we at the LiberalLounge and Matt at SayNoToPombo are gearing up to do what it takes to do so.

      Let's all pull together and get this heinous Republican slimeball out of office!

      By Blogger A. Citizen, at 7:38 PM  

    • John Doolittle is next in line behind Bob Ney to be subpoenaed off the island. Dolittle's district is Republican to the core, but Doolittle is in deep with Abramoff and DeLay and I think there is a building sense of anger in the district directed at Doolittle. I think that there is a chance for a Democrat or at least a moderate Republican (if such a creature exists anymore).

      By Blogger RJB, at 10:33 PM  

    • Mary Pallant is running against Congressman Elton Gallegly in the Red 24th Congressional District (Inland Ventura and Santa Barbara counties).Bringing grassroots activism to Washington, Mary is running to end the rubber stamping of a dishonest and scandal-ridden Bush Administration and bring integrity to Congress!

      As a Progressive Democrat, Mary will lead the fight to protect and restore all that has made our country so great.

      Mary has three priorities:

      End the war in Iraq

      Restore Fiscal Responsibility in D.C.

      Protect Social Security

      An activist and a leader, Mary has devoted countless hours and energy to the principles we Democrats stand for.

      Current:
      President, Valley Democrats United
      Vice Chair and Delegate, 41st AD Committee
      Commissioner, Ventura County Commission for Women
      Organizational Development Committee (CDP)
      Steering Committee, PDA/LA

      Past:
      Founding Steering Committee Member
      Valley for Kerry, 2004

      Several of the growing list of Endorsements: Cindy Asner, Marci Wynograd, Tom Hayden, Stephanie Miller, Mimi Kennedy, Lila Garrett, Senator Debra Bowen, Suzie Shannon and Scott Ritter.

      Check her out, and send her a check, at MaryforCongress.com

      By Anonymous Chris Robson, at 5:19 PM  

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