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McNerney to move to San Joaquin County, run for re-election in a newly-aligned 11th Congressional District

Original post made on Jul 28, 2011

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton), whose 11th Congressional District is being reconfigured out of Pleasanton to include more of San Joaquin and east Contra Costa counties, announced today that he will seek re-election next year to the 11th District office he holds.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 28, 2011, 2:15 PM

Comments (36)

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on Jul 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Why am I not surprised??? Bye, Jerry! Thanks for nutin....


Posted by Chet, a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm

This is a huge lose for us in Pleasanton/San Ramon/ Danville.

Jerry is a fantastic Congressman and he was always a strong
advocate of local issues important to us all. We are going
to miss Jerry and his hard work for us all. We wish him
the best in the new District 11 and know he will continue to
do a great job for the San Jaoquin and East Contra Costa.

Posted by Bye, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm

So Jerry.... "San Joaquin County, it truly is my home,"

Pleasanton wasn't Truly your home? I guess a politician will say anything to curry favor with his new voting block.

Give me a break.

Our 'loss' is really our gain

Posted by Yet Another Teacher, a resident of Hart Middle School
on Jul 29, 2011 at 7:45 am

Thank goodness. Representative McNerney was so sensible and moderate and responsible and BORING. Let's hope our next rep can be a Michele Bachmann clone, a real Tea Party animal! Bring on the insanity!

Posted by Independent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2011 at 8:11 am

You know there are reasonable positions between the extreme right Tea Party position you like to foment about and the extreme left socialistic position you espouse.

I do hope we can surface centrist candidates - ones that represent fiscal responsibility and a reasonable amount of social progressiveness - a position that encompasses many of the independents in the area.

Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Jul 29, 2011 at 8:42 am

Another career politician chasing windmills---or-was that his former career?

Posted by Yet Another Indy, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jul 29, 2011 at 9:06 am

Absolutely there are reasonable positions taken by the Tea Party. But I'm going to refrain from presenting a long list and let you think it through.... First, there is.... C'mon! Quick! Quick! Somebody think of one. Okay, don't think. Look up Joe Walsh and list some of his positions -- especially on child support.

Posted by Independent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2011 at 9:27 am

I suspect that Stark is going to be strongly encouraged to retire as he has little hope of getting re-elected in his newly reconstituted region.

Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Jul 29, 2011 at 9:36 am

Let me help you formulate your thoughts, 'yet another'....regarding the Tea Party positions that you disdain:
Fiscal responsibility
Personal responsibility
Family values
Smaller govt.
Less govt interference in our personal lives

Maybe you can't understand or support those positions---if so, I'm sorry for you and your children.

Posted by RobinM, a resident of Foothill High School
on Jul 29, 2011 at 9:53 am

Hey Steve, can you point out ANY Teabagger who actually practices these positions in congress or the senate?

The want to cut Social Security and Medicare (programs I have been paying into since I was 18) and refuse to increase taxes on the top 2% earners. This will actually create a "tax" on the middle class as more of our income will have to go towards medical and basic living expenses instead of stimulating the economy.

The reason the country is in the fiscal position we are is because of the former President and his croonies spending money like it was going out of style.

Please pay attention and stop watching Faux News.

Posted by Frank, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2011 at 10:04 am

"Family values"

This can mean different things to different people. What do you mean?

"Less govt interference in our personal lives"

Depends on how far you want to go with this one. Should I have the freedom to use leaded gasoline and buy a new car without any smog controls? Where do you draw the line?

Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Jul 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

robin-I'm not sure what a Teabagger is, but I bet you heard that derogatory label from Keith Olberman (is he employed yet?) or another leftist taking head.
To answer your question directly: Paul Ryan
I'm also not sure what a 'croonie' is, but the deficit has tripled since the messiah assumed office due to failed stimulus spending, out of control entitlment programs, take overs of private businesses, payouts to lending institutions, etc.
Honestly, your blame Bush mantra is very tiresome. Find another excuse. Or, better yet, get your messiah to get out troops of the the three foriegn wars he has refused to end, despite his campaign promises.

Posted by Yet Another Teacher, a resident of Hart Middle School
on Jul 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Now I know why "steve" is such a great bartender.

Listening to him sure makes ME want to drink. Heavily.

Posted by radical, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

McNerney states straight out he is about to become the carpetbagger that he accused Harmer of being in the last campaign

Posted by Concerned Californian, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jul 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm

The irony and hypocrisy runs thick here.

McNerney is nothing more or nothing less that a self-preserving politician.

Next we'll here that he found himself and he's turned Republican to increase his chances of getting re-elected via the central valley.

Chet, will you still be a fan then?

Posted by Ngo Loon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Let me enjoy a couple hours with the thought "Clueless McNerney will no longer be my Congressman". Then the bubble will burst as I come to grips with the liklihood that my Congressman will be Pete Stark, the craziest loon in the House. If Stark retires, all the loons that live on the other side of the hills will vote another left-wing loon. The only question is will the new person be crazy like Nancy Pelosi, crazy like Barbara Lee, or crazy like Zoe Lofgren.

Posted by Tea Party P.S., a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jul 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm

In addition to cornering the morket on family values (e.g. Palin's family or Pete Walsh's 100+ grand unpaid child support payments) and interference in people's personal lives (e.g., wiretaps, internet surveillance, attack on right to abortion), we've also got anything that smacks of fascism dead center on our wall. We're coming to the resuce American!!!

Posted by Who Cares, a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 30, 2011 at 6:58 am

And good riddence to you Vanilla Jerry, thank you for nothing but more debt, higher taxes and fake concerns about veterans. Might be a little tougher for you to get elected out in the Central Valley, illegal immigrants can't vote (at least they are not suppossed to), the Govt Unions are not as strong and people have more sense than the socialists and commies who walk Tri-Valley.

Posted by Me Too, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 30, 2011 at 7:20 am

Yeah, good bye white bread Jerry. The commies are even probably better at fixing elections in the Central Valley then they are hear. Good ribbons to ya. Good luck with those illegals out there. Some of them can even spell.

Posted by Yet Another Teacher, a resident of Hart Middle School
on Jul 30, 2011 at 8:15 am

Hate to inject actual FACTS in here, but most of the deficit is not Obama's fault (and not McNerney's, either).


Web Link

Posted by George, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Great news to get rid of that Obama and Pelosi loving liberal! Pete Stark will be a huge improvement and spend more time in Pleasanton.

Posted by LOL!, a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 31, 2011 at 8:38 am

Stark for McNerney? That's classic! Is there any doubt why California is such a mess with Dem's like these two clowns running the circus while Pelosi remains their Ringmaster?? We have become a laughing stock, to bad it's not funny. At least not to the 20% or so Californian's who can't find a job, or can't find one that they can take care of their families with. I know...give us more Mr. Obama, more please...I'm on my knees with a tin cup, any scrap from your big Federal Government will do.

Posted by Yet Another Teacher, a resident of Hart Middle School
on Jul 31, 2011 at 10:57 am

Good luck, Jerry, and congratulations on escaping from the lunatic fringe Tea Partiers who have hijacked politics in this area. I'm guessing you won't miss them at all.

Posted by chris, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 31, 2011 at 12:50 pm

to the pleasanton weekly editors,

please explain your censorship criteria.
you censor many posts that are critical of the left.
but when a post by a liberal like 'yet anther teacher' above is critical of the tea partiers (note calling them "lunatic fringe") this is perfectly fine with you.

no double standards here. (?!)

Posted by Yet Another Teacher, a resident of Hart Middle School
on Jul 31, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I almost forgot: the Tea Partiers also have a persecution complex. When oh when will this persecution of middle-aged white people end????

Posted by LOL, a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm

It will end when the Governement Sector Employees like Yet Another Teacher stop feeling sorry for themselves and stop thinking that they they are entitled sponge off the REAL tax payers and do something besides cry about their lots is life...Something like finally educate our children who continue to fall behind the rest of the world becasue ther are being taught by people to dumb, or too lazy to contribute. Too bad its the poorest "people of color" who are sucked into their pity and end up suffering the most, for their lact of ambition and charecter. Thank God for private school and rich "middle class white" people who are still paying MORE than their fair share of salaries that Yet Another Teacher could never make in the private sector, because in the private sector, you actually have accountability.

Posted by Yet Another Teacher, a resident of Hart Middle School
on Jul 31, 2011 at 7:52 pm

And there we have it: the Tea Party Manifesto, as posted by LOL.

Such as it is.

Only rich white folks need apply. You're the REAL Americans and the rest of us are leeches, layabouts, and losers.


And thanks for proving my point for me, far better than I could have done.

Posted by Pablo, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 31, 2011 at 9:45 pm


I am a hispanic and consider myself a tea party person for balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility so what do you think of that? I am not rich either but want the chance to become rich someday. I pity you.

Posted by Yet Another Teacher, a resident of Hart Middle School
on Jul 31, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Pablo, you want my honest answer?

I think you're fooling nobody but yourself. The Tea Party is deeply racist; one of their unstated objections to Obama is that he's a black man. Where do you think all of this "show us Obama's birth certificate" nonsense comes from?

Rather than justice and wealth for all, you just want wealth for yourself. So you're selfish as well as wearing rose-colored glasses.

Posted by Educated, a resident of Foothill High School
on Jul 31, 2011 at 11:02 pm

YAT, have you actually attended tea party events, or have you just watched MSNBC's coverage of them? The two experiences are not even remotely similar.

If you do happen to see racism at a tea party event, it is very likely from tea party crashers who just want to discredit the movement. There are usually far more minorities at tea party events than there were at, for example, the Wisconsin protests.

Posted by Wilma, a resident of Parkside
on Jul 31, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I'm a waitress at a private club where I serve rich white people. Some of them give me decent tips, and I feel sometimes because they let me serve them that I'm one of them. Because I don't have many skills, am poorly educated, and can't spell very well, I'll probably never be rich. But I can always dream. And while I serve the wealthy, kiss up to my bosses, and kick down at my work colleagues, I'm able to live the dream, however much of an illusion it might be, that I can be their equal some day. Tea Party Rocks, because the wealthy who I serve seem to like it. It takes working peoples' attention away from the disparity of wealth in this country, and how that increasing disparity will inevitably, to use Paul Krugman's term, culminate in us being a banana republic. But kowtowing waiters and waitresses to serve the rich and kiss up and kick down will even be needed then. And I can continue on with my illusion, no my delusion, or who knows, whatever the heck it is. And while I pursue this delusion, nuts to ya. I only care about myself, because somewhere along the line my parents and educators failed me, and I continue to fail myself and disappoint those around me.

Posted by Yet Another Teacher, a resident of Hart Middle School
on Jul 31, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Ah the Tea Partiers...the masters of over-the-top defensiveness.

Here's a link to a photo of a typical Tea Party gathering.

Web Link

Pick out the brown and black faces in this crowd (it's the Tea Party version of "Where's Waldo"?)

I'll save you some time:

There aren't any.

Posted by Yet Another Teacher, a resident of Hart Middle School
on Jul 31, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Still not convinced?

Ok, let me make it easier by giving you a BIG photo.

Web Link

Find the black and brown people, please.

It's a big crowd.

And it's all white folks.

Posted by Blossom, a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on Aug 1, 2011 at 5:19 am

Yes, YAT, but aren't you forgetting that our nation's Founding Parents were all white? We need to get back to the basics. There's nothing racist about wanting to go back to the good old days. Didn't you catch the drift of Sarah Palen's Restoring America tour? C'mon YAT, assuming your not a member of a entitlement group, join the parade. The fives and drums are playing sweet patriotic music, and its not jazz or blues or salsa. Paul Revere and Betty Ross were white for gosh sakes!

Posted by Social Climer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2011 at 6:01 am

Exactly. Good Americans should stress Paul Revere not Paul Robeson. Good Americans should stess Betsy DRoss not Dianna Ross.

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