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Andal rules out 2010 congressional run against McNerney

Original post made on Feb 23, 2009

Dean Andal, the former state Assemblyman from Stockton who challenged Congressman Jerry McNerney (d-Pleasanton) in last November's 11th District congressional race, said this week that he won't do it a second time.

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Posted by A Homeowner
a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Feb 23, 2009 at 9:15 am

I sure hope we can get someone who will run against McNerney. It would be nice to have a representative who does a little more than simply rubber stamp every Democratic policy that crosses his desk.

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Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 23, 2009 at 10:49 am

I think he got an earful last Saturday at the bagel shop. I was told he got upset. I believe he was treated poorly but he is our public servant in Washington. also Pleasanton isn't the "Center of the Universe" as some residents and politicians think. He represents other areas as well and he was voted into office for a second term. Be "involved". Write him, email him, go see him at his Congressman Corners held all over the District and Vote when the time comes. If you are not involved, then maybe sniveling is not warranted. I have not agreed with some of his votes and unfortunately this is how politics are today. Political Parties (Dems and Repubs) dictate what the Representative does, not our votes. Look at how the state Republicans are treating their own after they voted for the state budget. How any politician can get up in the morning and look themselves in the mirror playing the various "game"at whatever level they are is beyond me. He heard from unhappy folk last Saturday--he needs to hear from more of us in a strong assertive, but respectful manner. Not the name calling and rude fashion heard last Saturday. The various "technology" is there-use it, but most of all get involved I think.

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Posted by Dublin Mike
a resident of Dublin
on Feb 23, 2009 at 11:58 am

I do not find Rep. McNerney "simply rubber stamp(s) every Democratic policy that crosses his desk." I spoke with him in person at Lowes some time back about the unfairness of the Alternative Min Tax, and rather than patronize me he was honest at that time why Congress was not likely to change it.

Also, the fact that he is in the public eye is absolutely amazing. I never saw Pombo. All Pombo cared about was the central valley votes. At least Rep. McNerney goes into the central valley. Takes guts. And, if he gets upset by what he hears I doubt he will carry a grudge.

You can't pick a qualified candidate by their party affiliation and if I did then I would have not voted for Jill Buck, a Republican.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 23, 2009 at 12:30 pm

There was name-calling on Saturday? Ouch. And some think that this website is all negativity!

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2009 at 1:38 pm

You can't blame people for getting emotional when hard-working taxpayers are being punished everyday while those who are too lazy to work are being rewarded. Heck, I can sit on my hands and default on my mortgage too, you know. My industry employs many more people than the UAW. Why isn't my industry getting a bailout?

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Posted by mike
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 23, 2009 at 8:36 pm

McNerney is a bum. Prior to being elected to Congress he had never held a "real" job. He is a puppet in the Demoncat Party, a shill.

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Posted by mike
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 23, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Here is McNutty's work history according to his website, Pitifull.

"He spent the next two decades working in a variety of different positions in the renewable energy field, concentrating much of his efforts on expanding the production of clean, sustainable wind energy. Prior to being elected to Congress, he started a small business that manufactures wind turbines."

What a go getter.


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Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 24, 2009 at 8:25 am

I think this guy is different. He flies home every weekend to meet on Saturdays with his constituents. My experience is that he listens with respect. He doesn't always get it in return. I think the cesspool he swims in is the problem. The parties have become who the electeds have to cow-tow to now, not the constitiuent. The cost to run is awful. I think that is done deliberately. So few people run and then the "party" gives it's thumbs up to support or thumbs down not to support, ugh. I don't know how we correct it unless people are willing to take time and get active. Most cannot or will not spare the time--they just complain. I have been to Washington D.C. several times and have meant the man in his office. He listens. The guy before him did lip service. These two year election cycles have them having to fundraise constantly. That takes away freom representing us. I hate it. Good people with the right ideas/passion (which should represent us and our views) get squashed. George Washington feared the party political system and what it might do to America. I can see why.

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Posted by Ray
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 24, 2009 at 9:51 am

Hey Mike and "A Homeowner", thanks for the totally baseless and ignorant comments on McNerney. I can't wait to see the next Pombo-like, Central Valley hack the GOP tries to run against McNerney. Face it Republicans, McNerney has your number, and your party's strength is quickly fading in the district. You right-wingers should do yourself a favor and move to Bakersfield or Alabama so you can be around more of your kind.

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Posted by Huh
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm

So Mcner goes from wind energy to congress, hardly a transition at all. Both expensive subsidized wind generation.
I wouldn't care if he never came around as long as his philosophy was to keep govt from restricting the liberties as an individual. And as a democrat, it's the polar opposite of that. Sorry if you need to have a tender ear and and nodding head before getting stabbed in the back. Actually now a days they're stabbing you right from the front.

Hey Ray - you soon may get your wish. Soon the right wingers (producers) will leave the state and you will be left with govt worker and illegal alien. Hope you find someone to tax then.

Here are some facts (credit to column by Dennis Prager)
-- California’s state expenditures grew from $104 billion in 2003 to $145 billion in 2008.

-- California has the worst credit rating in the nation.

-- California has the fourth highest unemployment rate in the nation, 9.3 percent -- higher even than the car manufacturing state of Michigan.

-- California has the second highest home foreclosure rate.

-- California’s tax-paying middle class is leaving the state. California’s net loss last year in state-to-state migration exceeded every other state's. New York, another left-run state, was second.

-- Since 2000, California’s job growth rate -- which in the late 1970s was many times higher than the national average -- has lagged behind the national average by almost 20 percent.

-- California has lost 25 percent of its industrial work force since 2001

Who's been running the state? Democrats. And don't give me Arnold. He may have an R after his name but he acts just like a big loser democrat. He's been disowned by any real conservative.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 24, 2009 at 2:23 pm

So Ray, are you aware that McNerney is a US Rep and not a California Rep? Maybe you took time away from your job (definitely not a brain surgeon are you?) to put together your rant. It would be more appropriate to try to be on topic. And Arnold is a Republican by party affiliation. If you vote straight party lines then I guess you get what you deserve.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 24, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Sorry Ray, that was for Huh . . . . scrolled up too far

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Posted by Leo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2009 at 2:35 pm

People are indeed moving out of CA. 10% of the people in my organization have moved to other states (mainly Texas, Oregon,and Washington) while keeping their current job by telecommuting. Each of them makes over $200K per year so each of them saves about $25K of state income tax per year. That's a huge incentive for me to move too...

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Posted by Huh
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 24, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Typical lib, don't argue about the facts just complain about the tone.
Took me about 5 minutes, did it during lunch
Like I said Arnold is no R, didn't vote for him either time. Bad assumption, but again typical, that everybody just votes straight party line.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 25, 2009 at 8:08 am


I took McNutty's work history right off of his website. I would think that if he had any experience he would have posted it. Just like our Failed Comminity Organizer President. Keep drinking the Kool Aid and you'll get exactly what you deserve A Third World Country.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Danville
on Feb 25, 2009 at 5:19 pm

For 'Huh,Livermore' RE: "Who's been running the state? Democrats." I beg your pardon... the minority party just held the great state of California hostage. Let the majority run the government.

If the voters do not like it, fine, then votes the rascals out. The 2/3rds majority was 20th century change to the California constitution. Who would ever guess that the minority party strangled the state.

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