(Mom and Dad have been travelling to Tracy, CA every weekend to canvass for support, house by house. They tell me this race is winnable, and Pombo is the epitomy of corrupt Washington.)
Excerpts from the Sacramento Bee's endorsement of Jerry McNerney:
During his 14 years in the House of Representatives, Richard Pombo has usually earned guarded support from The Bee.
Along the way, though, he has earned other types of support â contributions from development interests, Indian gaming tribes, oil companies, foreign mining concerns and some of the most corrupt people in Washington, D.C. To earn that support, Pombo has embraced potentially disastrous environmental policies; suggested selling off national parks and tried to engineer giveaways of natural resources...
All have returned his support in the form of contributions. Various lists put contributions to Pombo at $7.3million, including mountains of money raised at lavish events hosted by lobbyists including Jack Abramoff, and he was a protÃ©gÃ© of disgraced House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Their support has cost him ours. We can no longer embrace a politician who appears to put special interests ahead of the interests of his district. It's also troubling that one watchdog group listed Pombo among Washington's 20 most corrupt representatives.
Instead, The Bee endorses Democrat Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton. He is a political neophyte, a Ph.D. engineer who attended West Point, once worked at Sandia National Laboratories and now owns a windpower company. He wants to develop alternative energy to create power and jobs. Wonkish and facing a charisma deficit, he has so far eschewed big corporate contributions â meaning he will be thoroughly outspent.
To send Pombo back to the Capitol endorses a system we
can no longer tolerate.
The Sacramento Bee