CD-10 All Party Debate Recap

CD-10 candidates debate issues before election day

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The Alameda County GOP extended a warm welcome to the public recently when they organized the final round of debate between all political Party candidates in the race for Congressional District 10.

In all, ten of the fourteen candidates were in attendance (Bunch, Clift, Loos, Peterson, Toth, Hampton, Woods, Denham, Cloward & McIlroy).

Elected Democratic representatives Buchanan, DeSaulnier and Garamendi skipped out on a final chance to share ideas with roughly 150 voters who took the time to attend the debate at Las Positas College in Livermore. Buchanan and DeSaulnier both dropped out two days before the scheduled event after originally giving the green light to volunteers. Garamendi never seemed interested in participating. Some of the Democrat Party faithful were disappointed with their top-tier candidates’ choice not to participate.

“I was shocked that Joan Buchanan was a no show for the only all Party debate, but it did give us a chance to take a look at other Democrats in the running” said Vickie Lancaster a registered Democrat from Concord that liked what Anthony Woods had to say.

David Harmer was the only Republican that failed to attend the debate which didn’t bother Rick Silva of Livermore, who expressed his support for Republican Chris Bunch and said his mind was already made up over a month ago.

Bill Gram-Reefer, editor of Halfway to Concord moderated the CD-10 All Party Debate and introduced the candidates to the audience. Questions were submitted by the public over Facebook and through an email address set up by volunteers weeks prior to the debate. A multi-partisan panel consisting of representatives from local county committees and community volunteer groups contributed questions as well. Voters in the audience were given the chance to get directly involved and weren’t shy about asking questions concerning election reform, the federal debt, the failed war on drugs and even food safety.

Democrats Adriel Hampton and Anthony Woods showcased progressive Democrat principles and showed a lot of class attending a debate sponsored by the opposing Party. Woods had numerous supporters that showed up with signs, campaign literature and enthusiasm. Hampton challenged Republican candidates during the debate and didn’t hesitate to call out Garamendi, linking the Lt. Governor to special interest lobbying groups.

Mary McIlroy a socialist from the Peace & Freedom Party surprised a few people when she said that she would support the Constitution and was against the bailouts. American Independent candidate Jerry Denham fired shots in all directions and took the opportunity to blast Buchanan, DeSaulnier, Garamendi and Harmer for dodging the voters right before the election by failing to show for the debate. This drew applause from the audience. Green Party candidate Jeremy Cloward shared his ideas about transitioning towards green technology and away from wasteful military spending.

All candidates agreed that auditing the Federal Reserve was a good idea, although Woods sounded like a politician when he stated that if H.R.1207 helped restore accountability and transparency in our government then he would support it.

Here at Halfway to Concord we approve of principled candidates that take clear stands on the issues! Dr. John Toth and Gary Clift didn’t beat around the bush and instead decided to take it one step further than the other pro-audit candidates promising they would fight to “abolish the Fed.” Sean Ackley, David Peterson’s representative added that he was in favor of the audit and wanted to see aggressive control over the audit itself. Ackley may have picked up some support for the Peterson campaign because he performed very well, garnering exclusive attention after the debate from several voters who were eager to ask questions about his responses.

Panel member Tom Kersten of the Hayward Democrats questioned the candidates on the topic of health care. Republicans mostly shared the same opinions on this subject. Chris Bunch wanted government to stay out of it while Clift, Loos, Peterson and Toth all agreed that the federal government has no constitutional authority to be involved in the health care department and that government run health care would only make problems worse.

Democrats Hampton and Woods wanted to see more government involvement and both candidates also supported single payer plans with a public option. Hampton defended government run health care insurance and related it to government run fire departments suggesting that the government was efficient in that regard. Denham would have nothing of it, siding with Republicans on the subject and McElroy considered health care a right for all Americans along with Cloward.

While responding to a question regarding the federal deficit, Republican Chris Bunch cited three specific causes, “big government, social security and entitlements.” Bunch does not see military spending as being a problem, pointing out that providing for the common defense is actually one of the proper roles of government.

Hampton was appreciative of a forum that allowed candidates to engage one another saying, “…some of my Republican running mates are acting like the government got us here when it’s actually the corporate rape of America through de-regulation that has created the problem.” Hampton expressed his dissatisfaction with the corporate bailouts. All of the candidates that mentioned the bailouts stood against them.

Republican Gary Clift offered up the idea of a income tax holiday for American workers to help stimulate individual economic well being and championed constitutional talking-points throughout the night. In response to a statement given by Scott from Livermore regarding the Republican tendency to resist big government, Clift said that he “was running to help get things done in Congress.” Clift explained that he was “just a regular joe who wants to help restore power to the state and local levels of government.” His comments received some nods of approval from audience members. Clift had numerous supporters at the event, too. They blanketed the parking lot and surrounding area with “Clift for Congress” signs and passed out information. Woods and Clift had the strongest show of support of all the candidates involved.

Joshua Daugherty of Alameda County asked a question about marijuana that lead most of the candidates to express libertarian leaning perspectives and anti war-on-drugs positions. Most of the Republicans said that drugs are a states rights’ issue. Hampton admitted to smoking pot years ago, but unlike Bill Clinton, Hampton did inhale.

After the debate concluded Chris Bunch said that “the all Party debate followed more of a debate format than any of the other forums held in the district.” Bunch said he had a good time and enjoyed the experience, as did Mark Loos.

The third Party candidates said that they felt good about being welcomed by the Alameda County GOP to an all Party event and were grateful to have a chance to share some of their thoughts and ideas with the voters as well. Adriel Hampton said that he was impressed with the event and was glad he came.

Halfway to Concord conducted a random poll asking participants who they thought won the debate. Four people thought Chris Bunch won. Three people thought Anthony Woods won. Loos, Clift and Hampton all received two votes each.

Don’t forget that today is special election day! Get down to your polling station and cast your vote! Polls open at 7:00 AM. If you need to locate your Alameda County local polling station click here

If you need to locate your Contra Costa County local polling station click here

Special thanks to all of the candidates that participated, the panel members along with their organizations, our moderator, Las Positas College, Lea Fargo Baked Goods, Livermore Valley Florist, the members of the public who attended and the volunteers that made it all happen.

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CD-10 Republican roundup

Republican candidates for CD-10 Special Primary Election

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A Special Primary Election to fill the vacant seat in the 10th Congressional District has been called by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The vote is scheduled for September 1st.

Voters have until August 17th to register to vote.

Former Congressional Representative, Ellen Tauscher resigned after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 25th as the new Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Tauscher was initially asked to consider the new position by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

The nomination period for the Special Primary Election closed Aug 3 at 5 PM. Fourteen total candidates have filed nomination papers. The field includes, six Republicans, five Democrats, one American Independent, one Green, and one socialist.

If any one of the candidates were to receive more than 50% of the vote, that candidate would be declared elected, effectively becoming the newest member of the House of Representatives. If that were to happen, there would be no need for a Special General Election in November.

With the heavy hitters in the Democratic Party, such as Buchanan, DeSaulnier and Garamendi, it is unlikely that any one of the Democrats will receive a majority of the vote, especially as both Hampton and Woods have shown that they are determined campaigners who can be competitive and raise a bit of money themselves.

If none of the candidates receive a majority of the vote, the Special General Election, tentatively scheduled for November 3rd, would include the candidates that received the highest number of votes on September 1st from each of the qualified political Parties.

So, what about the Republicans? The GOP has over 100,000 registered Republicans in the 10th Congressional District. Will those voters consider the upcoming election “special” enough to have a strong showing at the polls? That remains to be seen.

Republicans find themselves in an interesting position this time around because they will not be squaring off against an entrenched Democratic incumbent with the name recognition of a Ellen Tauscher. Regardless of if it’s the election in September, or the election in November, Bay Area Republicans will continue to be dependent on cross-over voters that may have registered third Party, or decline to state, yet still demonstrate tendencies to vote for conservative candidates.

In an election where all candidates will appear on the same ballot and voters will not be required to be registered with a particular political Party in order to vote for their choice of partisan candidates, Republicans may absorb higher percentages of the vote than originally expected.

Halfway to Concord has decided to take a closer look at the Republican candidates campaigning for the 10th Congressional District seat. We will compare and contrast some of the bread and butter conservative issues with each of the candidates. The Democrats will come later.

Leading off is 31 year old Republican Chris Bunch, a small business owner from Fairfield who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Bunch believes that it is “unlikely that we will be able to install a democracy in Iraq or Afghanistan.” When asked if he felt if the Bush Administration mismanaged the war effort in Iraq, Bunch replied, “Yes, while the invasion could be considered to have been a success, how the aftermath was managed was not.”

Chris BunchBunch believes that Congress should declare war, however, he predicts “chaos” if American troops were to immediately withdraw from Afghanistan. President Obama sent 17,000 U.S. troops during his first month in office to “stabilize a deteriorating situation” in Afghanistan. For some reason the “change” we were promised doesn’t seem to be very different from before.

Bunch described himself as someone who has “always supported the 2nd Amendment, and always will.” At a meeting of the Alameda County Republican Central Committee, Bunch told members of the audience that he was encouraged to see the committee pass a resolution in support of a pro-concealed carry bill in the State Assembly.

Shifting to economic issues, Bunch was not supportive of government bailouts, or the stimulus package and if given the opportunity he would co-sponsor H.R.1207, a bill that would audit the Federal Reserve, which is currently co-sponsored by every Republican in the House.

Bunch is against any form of amnesty, including a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens already in the country. Bunch wants to enforce current U.S. Immigration Law, which would call for the deportation of those who are in the country illegally.

Campaigning on low taxes and accountability, Bunch says he would vote against all tax-payer funded social programs for illegal aliens, such as health care, welfare, college tuition grants, and driver’s licenses.

Chris Bunch is a family man with strong conservative leanings that would represent the district well.

Republican Gary Clift, a retired peace officer from Vacaville says that he “stands for the U.S. Constitution,” and will read all bills before voting on them if he were to be elected. Clift would rescind the Patriot Act and dismantle the Department of Education.

Gary CliftFollowing the advice of George Washington, Clift opposes entangling alliances with other countries.

Clift, 53, is critical of former Commander and Chief, George Bush and his handling of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, pointing out that “President Bush got into Iraq before the job was done in Afghanistan, which spread our military resources thin.”

He said that he would have voted “no” on the recent $106 billion Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009, and insists that our oversees involvement in other countries “has served as a distraction to the real national defense needed here at home.” Clift wants to bring the troops home from Germany and Japan too.

Like Bunch, Clift stands firm on the right to keep and bear arms. Clift says that he would be against a new assault weapon ban.”

Regarding the new Health Care legislation, Clift argued that the government can not make health care more efficient, cheaper or better quality because an entity which can not go bankrupt has no incentive to be productive. Clift suggests ending federally mandated HMOs and using constitutional authority to regulate interstate commerce to allow the people to purchase premiums outside of the state.

The former peace officer takes a hard line on economic issues. “Never, under any circumstances, will I support a government bailout.” said Clift. Co-sponsoring H.R.1207 would be one of his immediate priorities if he were to be elected, and he sees problems down the road if the Federal Reserve continues to print money at such an alarming rate. He refers to inflation as a “hidden tax.” Clift took part in recent Tea Party protests a few months back along with many other conservative activists.

Clift recommends using unmanned drones to assist in securing our borders, and does not support amnesty for illegal aliens.

The Clift campaign will need to raise some money to effectively compete with the other candidates though. According to campaign manager, Gerald Clift, they have an Internet fund raiser scheduled for August 14th. The Clift campaign has been receiving volunteer support from residents in all four counties, mainly through phone banking and social networking.

Republican David Harmer, an independent businessman from San Ramon has raised more money than any other Republican candidate in the race, including some of the Democrats, and his website shows it. My compliments to the Harmer campaign for leading the way in this regard. His 2500+ followers on Twitter is also quite impressive compared to that of the other candidates.

David HarmerIn a YouTube video, Harmer says, “.46 cents of every dollar we spend this year, we’re borrowing from the future.” Harmer believes the so-called stimulus has burdened the economy instead of fostering growth. He advocates balancing the federal budget by reducing spending, not by raising taxes.

According to campaign manager Michael Caporusso, who, until July 31, doubled as the Contra Costa GOP’s Executive Director, Harmer supports H.R.1207 along with Bunch, Clift and Loos. Harmer believes government bailouts have piled debt on to future generations, which he considers not just a fiscal or money issue, but a moral issue that is wrong. Harmer is 47 years old.

From the chain of emails that has been sent around by supporters, Harmer apears to be toe-to-the-line on the 2nd Amendment along with the other candidates on the Republican side.

Unlike the other Republicans running though, Harmer has declined potential endorsements from Republican organizations such as the Republican Liberty Caucus of California (RLCCA) which recently endorsed Gary Clift.

The Harmer campaign feels that Republican endorsements won’t help its efforts due to the 18-point voter registration disadvantage in the district.

Will he accept a CRP endorsement? We may find out very soon, since Chairman Ron Nehring has already scheduled a conference call with the Board and has invited the CD-10 Republican candidates to participate in the call. Some local Republicans have raised concerns over a potential CRP endorsement in a primary election.

Harmer failed to respond to Halfway to Concord’s direct request for responses about the war on terror and his plan to address the illegal immigration problems we currently face. We are however looking forward to hearing from him at the All Party CD-10 Candidate Debate scheduled for August 28th at Las Positas College in Livermore. Harmer is the only Republican who has yet to confirm for the special event. We hope Harmer takes advantage of an All Party Debate to show he can compete with the big kids.

Harmer hopes to keep his money on hand, win the Special Primary Election, and be in a good position to compete financially with the Democratic nominee, whoever that may be.

Livermore Republican, Mark Loos, a small business owner just like Bunch, favors a direct democracy approach in representing the voters of the 10th Congressional District. On his campaign literature, Loos says that voters will be given the opportunity to tell him how to vote on each bill. The campaign material informs voters that “If the majority of voters in the district want a Yes vote, Loos will vote Yes. If the majority says No then Loos votes No.”

When asked if he would have supported the $106 billion Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009 Loos responded, “It would be up to the voters.” Loos is certain that the voters would have supported the bill.

Loos supports diplomacy with Iran, as long as it has well defined goals and consequences and he does not believe that Bush mismanaged Iraq or Afghanistan.

The small business owner favors the free market over government regulation and says he wouldn’t have supported any of the government bailouts. Loos also says that the government’s roll in assisting economic recovery should be “reducing taxes, and removing overbearing regulations on small businesses.”

According to Loos, the stimulus package was about growing government and has already proved to be a failure.

The current heath care reform bill does not have Loos’ support either. He sees “less government” as the proper prescription for the American heath care crisis.

Loos values the 2nd Amendment and is a firearm owner himself. He says that “An assault weapon ban only penalizes law abiding citizens.”

When asked what would be the best thing America could do to secure the borders, Loos replied, “Enforce the laws we have.” Loos favors a pathway to citizenship for those who are currently in the country illegally.

Republican David Peterson, 46, is an Accountability Systems Owner that resides in Walnut Creek. Peterson failed to respond to similar questions asked of the other candidates, however, according to his Facebook Fan Page, Peterson plans to use his experience as a founder of a Congressional Accountability Application to spearhead a campaign focused on Open Government, Transparency, Citizen Oversight and Accountability.

Peterson attended U.C. Davis and graduated in ’91 with a MBA.

Dr. John Toth is a physician from Concord. Dr. Toth says he will work to preserve our liberties in Congress, and points out that he is the only Republican to serve in an elected office. Dr. Toth served as President of two medical associations and is 50 years old. Issues that are important to Dr. Toth are bailouts, spending, socialized medicine, and illegal immigration.

The six Republican candidates differ from the candidates on the left, when it comes to the hot-button issues, and share some subtle differences among themselves as well.

With the Democrats, it’s going to be a clash of the titans with the big spenders all fighting for the top spot. The GOP candidates will not be able to campaign on the experience factor, and will undoubtedly have an uphill battle in the Special General Election against a candidate that does have that experience to tout.

Will Harmer’s fund raising numbers give voters the confidence that he can be a formidable challenger against Garamendi, DeSaulnier, or Buchanan on November 3rd? Does Harmer have the right game plan to ensure victory?

Will Clift’s constitutional campaign resonate with cross-over voters and disgruntled Republicans who are not happy with the current direction of the GOP? Can Clift’s volunteers make up the difference for what has been a lack of cold hard cash donations to his campaign?

Will Chris Bunch’s conservative values inspire the religious right and strong national defense Republicans to support his campaign? How will the decline to state demographic respond to Bunch’s immigration stance? Bunch may surprise a skeptic or two.

Will Loos pick up any traction with voters that value a Representative that governs as a delegate, as opposed to a trustee? The majority will of the people can be a dangerous thing, which is why the Founders constructed a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy. Maybe Loos is on to something here though because voters do want to be heard.

Will the two other Republican candidates, Peterson and Toth be able to reach enough voters to compete with the other Republicans on election day? Well, during a special election anything can happen.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see on September 1st.

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Who is Claudia Bermudez?

We suspect that the smart money is on Republican Jerry Salcido to pull out the big win in a close election that has the possibility of not only sending a defeated Bermudez into retirement, but maybe even causing a few R.I.N.O.s to go along with her.

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The nominations have already been made. The two candidates to be the next Chairman of the Alameda County Republican Central Committee are Claudia Bermudez of Alameda, and Jerry Salcido of Fremont.

The former Chair, Karen Wind of Pleasanton, resigned back in March after only serving three months as the elected Chair. The committee has already held one election between Bermudez and Salcido, back on May 19th, which ended in a 16-16 tie vote.

Next Tuesday, at the monthly meeting the final vote will be held and a new Chairman will be elected to lead the Central Committee for the remainder of the 2009-2010 term. At this point it’s any body’s call. While Jerry Salcido, 31, is a relative new-comer to local politics, Bermudez is not. Her name may be recognizable to some Bay Area Republicans since she has already ran, and lost badly in two separate local races, one for Congress in 2004 and the other for State Senate in 2008.

In both campaigns Bermudez was expected to lose and lose she did; compiling only 12% of the vote in the election against Democratic Congresswomen Barbara Lee, and only 15% against Democratic State Senator, Loni Hancock. Republican voter registration numbers were nearly identical to the percentage of the vote that Bermudez received in both of her elections, showing that Bermudez’s campaigns have failed to appeal to the all important Decline to State demographic, which is crucial for Republican success in any election.

Will Bermudez, 56, finally reach the winner’s circle in her bid to become the next Chair of the Alameda County GOP? Assistant Treasurer, David LaTour, an Elected Member from Alameda County’s largest Assembly District (AD-18) expressed some doubt about Bermudez’s leadership abilities. “To lead, you need to be present! Claudia Bermudez made no effort to attend committee meetings up until she was convinced to run for Chair. Before that she was a no-show. Her candidacy was a surprise to many of the members on the committee. The truth is, we need a leader that’s there with us, who’s heart is in it because we have a lot of work to do.”

salcidoLaTour has endorsed Salcido who he says, “has shown the commitment as well as the energy that we need in the GOP now more than ever.” Salcido has also received endorsements from the majority of the leadership on the Executive Committee, which includes the Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary, along with LaTour. It would appear that Salcido won’t have a problem fitting in if he were to be elected as the new Chairman.

But what about Bermudez? Can she unite a divided committee where legal actions are more common than political action? According to Parliamentarian, Dick Spees she can. In his endorsement email to fellow committee members, Spees wrote, “We are fortunate to have someone of her stature, experience and proven ability…” Some of the other members, however, were unaware of Bermudez and her hidden talents due to her lack of involvement with the committee ever since she assumed office as an Ex-Officio Member back in July of 2008. “I met Claudia [Bermudez] through the pdf file that she emailed to the committee announcing her candidacy for Chair. Before that, I knew nothing of her.” said 15th Assembly District Elected Member, Casey Fargo, who also supports Salcido for Chairman.

Dick Spees was vague, at best, in describing Bermudez in his endorsement email to fellow committee members. One can only question the legitimacy of a claim that touts Bermudez as someone with “experience” and “proven ability” when taking a look at the facts of the matter. Spees, however, is not the type to let the facts get into the way when making political decisions, or endorsements for that matter. Reflecting on Bermudez’s track record, it would appear that she is experienced in loosing local elections in landslides, and has demonstrated a proven ability to be consistent in doing so.

Is this more of what Alameda County Republicans need, repeats of 2006 and 2008 where Republicans put their names on the ballot only to run empty campaigns? Depends on who you ask. Local Democrats may be supportive of the lack of competition? They have already shown that they have Bermudez’s number dialed in, which is an undeniable fact that can’t be ignored, even by left-of-center Republican In Name Only, Dick Spees, who in the past has officially endorsedDemocratic Congresswomen Barbara Lee, who was responsible for crushing Bermudez back in 2004.

For real conservatives, this should be tough to swallow. What kind of Republican endorses Barbara Lee? Well, the same type of Republican that endorses Bermudez of course! It should be considered to be a major problem in the Party when there are Republican leaders that are willing to sacrifice principle to play pal-around with the elected majority in an effort to be popular? Is it any wonder that the GOP is in such bad shape? The Party is in desperate need of principled leaders, not followers looking to be Democrat-lite!

Ask Bermudez a simple question, and she’ll recite her favorite talking-point about her late father Enrique Bermudez, who was a military official under the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua that would later be installed by the CIA as the Contras’ top military (puppet) commander of the Nicaraguan Democratic Force (FDN). Bermudez will tell you that her father was a key figure during the fight in the United States-led foreign interventionist nation-building excercise against Nicaragua’s Sandinista Marxist government but, she might fail to mention his involvement with drug smuggling into the United States in order to finance the anti-Sandinista operations back at home in Nicaragua.

In fact, Enrique Bermudez, according to sworn testimony, recruited Los Angeles drug kingpin Danilo Blandon, a Contra middleman, that sold cocaine to South-Central’s crack dealers in late 1981 to raise money in California for the Contras.

rinoDon’t ask Bermudez too many direct questions though, you might not get a straight answer, if any answer at all. According to Project Vote Smart: “Ms. Claudia Bermudez repeatedly refused to provide any responses to citizens on issues through the 2004 National Political Awareness Test” during her first campaign against Lee. 

Apparently, “Bermudez refused to provide this information when asked to do so by: Major News Organizations and key national leaders of both Parties including, Republican Senator John McCain.” If Senator McCain received the cold shoulder from Bermudez, what are we to expect? Well, not much different. After numerous attempts for the past four days, we were unable to get Bermudez to return our telephone calls for comment.

Who is Claudia Bermudez? Bermudez is Disappointment!

I guess some things should never be expected to change. When asked about her fund raising plan by a voting member at the May 19th meeting, Bermudez chose not to reveal her top-secret plan at that time, but did suggest that she had one ready. Eyes rolled as a “that figures” type of feeling circulated throughout the room.

Alameda County Republicans might want to get comfortable with the silent treatment from a non-responsive, do-nothing leader if Bermudez were to win Tuesday’s election. She seems to represent business as usual in the Party, and shows that the GOP doesn’t really have any new blood with any new ideas, just some more of the same ‘ol same. And we all know… that just isn’t going to cut it!

Who is Claudia Bermudez? A better question might be, Who Cares Who Claudia Bermudez Is?  We suspect that the smart money is on Republican Jerry Salcido to pull out the big win in a close election that has the possibility of not only sending a defeated Bermudez into retirement once and for all, but maybe even causing a few R.I.N.O.s to go along with her. The Alameda County Republican Central Committee would be a better place, and undoubtedly more conservative.

Let the re-building begin!

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Meg Whitman fundraiser, Jul 20

Meg Whitman, the former eBay exec who is running for the 2010 Republican nomination for California Governor, will hold a tres tres fundraiser in San Francisco, July 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at a private home. See the PDF documents below for details.

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Meg Whitman, the former eBay exec who is running for the 2010 Republican nomination for California Governor, will hold a tres tres fundraiser in San Francisco, July 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at a private home. See the PDF documents below for details.

7-20 SF Whitman Cocktail Buffet Reply Form

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DeSaulnier CD-10 open house

California State Senator Mark DeSaulnier held a campaign HQ open house, July 12 where over 300 people attended

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I attended The Mark DeSaulnier for Congress Open House on  07/12/2009 Walnut Creek today at the new campaign headquarters. And Holy Cow, what an event. What a fantastic location in terms of visibility 2014 North Main street in walnut Creek.

There must have been 300 people piled into this campaign HQ. A packed house by any standard. I had a nice conversation with the Mayor of Danville and of course it was great to see Mark DeSaulnier. Always a regular guy and master of the moment. Mark was obviously enjoying talking to everyone in the room. It was a great mix of electorate from every demographic. There was food a plenty and a plethora of folks representing the heart of the Contra Costa electorate all lending their support to the State Senator who now aspires to be the Congressmen from Congressional District 10.

In my career in politics I don’t think I have seen an organization like this in what is essentially a primary. While I was talking to the folks downstairs, upstairs their was a class training volunteers in walking door to door and making phone calls and then doing it. I met many young volunteers talking about the challenge of the campaign from now to election day on September 1st and how they can get the ball over the goal line and get DeSaulnier elected to the House of Representatives.

I have to say everything is in place for victory. DeSaulnier is a tireless campaigner. This is his third major campaign in three years. Nobody is better positioned to take this job. He on the correct side of every issues Democrats care about and is the perfect person in terms of temperament skill and ability to replace Ellen Tauscher in Washington D. C.

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Palin v. Left on special needs kids

Let’s remember that the Left has always been in favor of eugenics, and cleaning out the gene pool of unwanted traits, even races. Check into the history of Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood and you’ll see what I mean.

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With all the recent charges concerning Sarah Palin‘s parenting skills and exploitation of her children, the issue about care of special needs children has been raised by many commenters.

Let’s remember that the Left has always been in favor of eugenics, and cleaning out the gene pool of unwanted traits, even races. Check into the history of Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood and you’ll see what I mean.

That said, for as much fun some are having at the expense of Sarah Palin, let’s remember what the Kennedy’s did to their special needs child. They hid Rose Mary from public view, and lobotomized her. Another great example from holier than thous to follow.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg recently stated she understood Roe v Wade more as a matter of killing off poor people than as a woman’s right to choose.

Consider Obama’s science Czar, John Holdren, who wrote with Paul Ehrlich back in the 1970s that government should enforce abortion, particularly of the fecund poor (and Catholic), as a matter of social policy to battle over population. Even Justice Homes spoke of abortion as a form of eugenics as a useful tool to kill off the criminal class in the womb before they grow up to be monsters.

So what would you prefer, a politician that whines openly about care for special needs kids or mad scientists and scolds determined to end poverty by ending lives?

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