From protecting millionaires and billionaires while voting to end Medicare, to siding with Speaker Boehner and the most extreme elements of the GOP, these incumbent Republican House members, and the new crop of Republican challengers who seek to join them, are Wrong for California. Learn more about their record and their values here, and find out why 2012 is the year voters across California decide they've had enough of the radical Republican agenda in Washington.
Final votes are still being counted in two hard fought Congressional contests [CA-07 in Sacramento and CA-52 in San Diego] but as our candidates’ leads continue to grow in both districts, we feel confident the final count will demonstrate Democrats won nine of ten of the most contested Congressional races in the state.
Nine of ten.
Democrats made an early commitment, going back to the Party’s convention in February of 2012, to take advantage of our strength at the top of the ticket by making a strong effort in winnable “battleground” districts across the California. Often this meant going on offense early to highlight Republican candidate's records and deny them the option to morph into centrists later as several attempted to do.
More than anything our effort required resources, time and energy from volunteers, canvassers and staff throughout the state who made over 3.5 million knocks and dials in battleground Congressional Districts.
Mary Bono Mack has further cemented her reputation as a “say anything to get elected” politician in the vein of Mitt Romney whose campaign she chairs here in California. In only the latest example, Bono Mack has made bizarre claims that area Native American tribes – the same tribes that expressed offense after seeing Bono Mack’s vicious attack ads – were somehow “pushed by the Democrats” to express concern over the offensive ads.
The idea that sovereign tribes would be “pushed” by anyone or anything other than Bono Mack’s own offensive smear ads is absurd on its face.
Mary Bono Mack is facing the toughest challenge she’s faced in her fourteen years as an incumbent. Her desperation became apparent the moment she decided to attack the Democratic candidate Dr. Raul Ruiz for protesting on behalf of Native Americans and advocating for Native American peoples as a college student.
Riverside Republican John Tavaglione is hitting the D.C. fundraising circuit in style as he looks for bigger fish to fry. Tavaglione is looking to make the jump from glad-handing County Supervisor to member of the extreme Republican Congress from CA-41.
Republican Gary DeLong is running for Congress in CA-47 (Long Beach) and has been trying to keep his public statements under wraps. After seeing the latest video of DeLong speaking at a public forum hosted by a home owners association, we’re starting to see why.
In video uploaded to DeLong’s own campaign YouTube channel, he was asked point blank about his views on climate change. His response?
“I would say it’s questionable.”
That sounds more like a statement coming from a candidate running for local Tea Party president than someone vying to represent the Long Beach area in Congress. After all, Long Beach is home to one of the nation’s largest ports, a port that could suffer dramatic consequences as a result of rising sea levels caused by a phenomenon the scientific community agrees is A) real and B) man-made.
He later goes on to say he has “no opinion” on whether or not climate change is man-made.
For months leading up to Election Day, DeLong has attempted to portray himself as Republican-lite: not quite as extreme as John Boehner and the current Republican leadership in Congress. Below, in his own words, we see that his position on an issue of critical importance to the district is virtually indistinguishable from the most extreme elements of the Republican Party.
Mary Bono Mack voted "NO" on the American Recovery and Reconstruction Act and in the process voted against programs and reconstruction that her district needed. It's just another example of how Bono Mack is out for herself and not her constituents. Take a look at what she voted against and why she's Wrong for California.