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CA-10: Woods nabs VoteVets.org endorsement

Not that VoteVets.org is likely to be a huge player in the September 1 election, but this could be a useful quote in some mail:

“Anthony Woods is a historic candidate for a critical point in history,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of VoteVets.org.  “Anthony is fresh, eager, and has an incredible track record of service.  His military record is incredibly impressive.  And, he’ll bring vigorous leadership to Congress that will benefit his district.  We urge voters in his district to send him to Congress.”

As we’ve noted around here before, the endorsements have been breaking mostly for Sen. DeSaulnier (local labor) and Garamendi (big labor orgs).  Woods will need a few more of these big name endorsements to keep the momentum and credibility from a $100K+ fundraising quarter. However, if he is able to nab a few more like this, he could very well end up as something of an outside wildcard come next month as the ballots go out.

Which Vet running for Congress will Get $5000? You Decide.

Right now there’s a competition at VoteVets.org to  award $5,000 to a veteran running for congress.

Two of their endorsed candidates are Californians: Lt. Col. Charlie Brown (CA-04) and Navy SEAL Mike Lumpkin (CA-52).  I’m biased*, but I think Charlie deserves this honor.

Not only is he a fantastic Democratic candidate who came within a hair of defeating John Doolittle in ’06 – in a challenging district – but also because Charlie’s campaign has been donating 5% of every campaign dollar he raises to veterans charities… and that’s added up to a sizable sum that’s going to three worthy groups very shortly.  His devotion to veterans issues has been exemplary.

So if you have a spare moment to go over to VoteVets and cast a vote for Charlie, you’d be helping out a good man; Charlie Brown.

* Disclaimer: I do technical work on behalf of Charlie’s campaign.  I believe in the man.

Mary Bono Doesn’t Get It, Part Two

(It is great to see her targeted, maybe we’ll have an excuse to visit Palm Springs (and better yet, Joshua Tree). – promoted by blogswarm)

Hat tip to dday for this treat for CA-45th Democrats from Robert Salladay at Political Muscle:

Retired generals and veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars are targeting California Rep. Mary Bono (R-Palm Springs) as part of a $500,000 media campaign to peel off support for President George W. Bush and the Iraq war.

Ah, VoteVets.org.  I hadn’t noticed that Bono is the only California target – sweet.  So will this convince Mary Bono to unplug herself from the loyal Bushie borg and really support the troops?  Somehow I doubt it.  She didn’t learn much from the last ad

Crossposted to Daily Kos

Just last month, Americans United for Change popped Mary upside the head with their ad, and she immediately issued a fundraising letter, asking for help to fight the liberals’ “nasty early attacks,” and calling the ad a “clear sign that the liberals will do anything, say anything and spend anything to increase their majority next year.”  WATB alert – yes, epiphany – no.

Our local GOP-friendly paper, The Desert Sun puts it this way:

She was the target of another ad last month that Americans United for Change sponsored.  The group, which is working with VoteVets.org, questioned Bono’s support for the war before a recent vote on Iraq War funding.

She voted against the Democrat-sponsored legislation, which would have required Bush to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq by October. Bush vetoed the legislation.

Mary Bono and Barbara Boxer had side by side OpEds in The Desert Sun on April 8th (diary here)  Here’s a sample of her principled rationale for opposing that Iraq funding bill:

The purely political approach to this issue does a disservice to our armed forces serving in harm’s way and to the American people who are tired of politics as usual.

But, it is not just the excessive pork that is contained in this bill that concerns me. It is the message we send to our troops and to our enemies abroad.

While there are many serious issues upon which Americans differ, our brave men and women who protect our national security always have received strong support from the vast majority of our citizens.

Congress has a responsibility to demonstrate the same support for our troops by passing an emergency supplemental funding bill that gives our forces the funds they critically need without the pork.

Our future national security is too important to allow this type of political gamesmanship to continue.

  Well, the latest bill stripped other issues, so what will be her excuse this time?  Norquist will provide, and the GOP fans here will buy whatever they’re hocking as usual.

That’s what makes this VoteVets ad so very interesting, though.  Because if the default-Republican voters in the 45th are ever going to give our side a hearing, it will likely start with nonpartisan emissaries like (Ret.) Major General Batiste.  I thank him for his honorable service, and for the courage to tell an unsavory truth to those who don’t want to hear it. 

Let’s hope it sinks in somewhere.  Clearly, reality still eludes Mary Bono, and will until the GOP leadership gives her the OK to change her tune.  Twas ever thus.