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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

CA-11: McCloskey (R) Endorses McNerney (D)

Posted by James L.

No surprises here:

Maverick former GOP Rep. Pete McCloskey took on his party's establishment -- and lost. But he's not done yet.

McCloskey, 78, failed in his primary challenge to Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif., chairman of the powerful House Resources Committee. Now he's planning to urge Northern California voters who backed him to support Pombo's Democratic opponent, wind engineer Jerry McNerney, in November.

In June, McCloskey won 32 percent of the Republican primary vote to 62 percent for Pombo.

McNerney is "an honorable man that has not and will not seek to enrich himself and his family through his office," McCloskey said in an interview.

So how much of that 32% will swing to McNerney?

Posted at 01:36 PM in 2006 Elections - House, California | Technorati

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Given that the McCloskey vote was decidedly anti-Pombo, fully expect it to go heavily to McNerney. Pombo's ethics issues and anti-environmental record are a lightning rod in this district which Boxer carried by 3.6% in 2004.

Posted by: Predictor [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 26, 2006 04:59 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

According to am e-mail message I received earlier today, the third Republican who ran in the primary,
Tom Benigno, also has endorsed Jerry McNerney over corrupt GOP incumbent Richard Pombo.

When these moments arrive, that have the potential to give a bit of a boost to one of our candidates,
it's a good time to search your pocket for any change you can spare,
and drop it into an ActBlue cup. Synergistic support moves mountains.

There's a box for Jerry on one of my pages:


Or find another.
He's a well-liked candidate for very good reason. But he needs money to win, not just good wishes.

Posted by: Christopher Walker [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 27, 2006 04:49 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Begnino & McCloskey combined won 37.4% of the vote against Pombo. Given this and the fact that
this District has seen Gop registration drop from 46.86% in Jan 2002 to 43.66% in May 2006. Gains to the Indies (Declined to State) but Dem gains in the fast growing Alameda, Santa Clara & Contra Costa components of the district.
If Dems control the 2010 mandated redistricting and we don't get an incumbent protection plan this district will be targeted and easily made more Dem. There continues to be considerable urban flight from the large Dem cities to this District.
Since 1992 when Pombo defeated LG Candidate John Garamendi's wife, this district has been trending to the Dems and is very different after 14 years of population growth.

Posted by: Predictor [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 1, 2006 05:12 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment