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Fighting Washington corruption in Ventura County

My representative in Congress, Elton Gallegly (R-CA24), is a useless backbencher.  He works to oppose animal “crush” videos, which is a minor positive, while voting in lockstep with Republicans the rest of the time. And he’s been questioning the Fourteenth Amendment, trying to end automatic citizenship for children born in the United States, since 1991.  But this year, he’s considering joining the House Tea Party Caucus.

Enough is enough.  So when MoveOn asked me to host a rally outside Gallegly’s office tomorrow afternoon, I agreed.  What have I gotten myself into?  

Every two years, I vote against Gallegly, but every two years, I’m outnumbered.  In 2008, the normally red district turned purple, voting for Obama and Gallegly.  This year, Gallegly may have a serious threat in Tim Allison.  So he’s taken to local newspapers claiming he “fights for people.”

But does he really fight for people, or is he simply corrupt? Karoli, of Crooks & Liars, sums up his voting record:

Let’s have a look at Elton Gallegly’s voting record and see what he’s “fighting for” in Congress. He’s pretty consistent on Agriculture, voting 100% for appropriations bills when Republicans are in the majority and mixed when Democrats are in the majority.  Agribusiness has given $352,000 to his campaigns over the years.

How about the unemployed? He voted against the unemployment benefits extensions in July, April, and December 2009. He voted for the emergency unemployment benefits in November, 2009 which were packaged with Business and Homebuyer Tax Credits, but voted against the June 2008 emergency unemployment extension. He voted against mortgage restructuring in bankruptcy, against the federal stimulus bill (ARRA), against sCHIP expansion, among others.

On the other hand, he voted for the Bush tax cuts and for their extension in 2006, voted to appropriate the funds for both Afghanistan and Iraq, voted against limiting those funds or requiring a withdrawal date from either one. He also voted to extend the homebuyer’s tax credit which benefited the real estate developers who contributed handsomely to his campaign.

Really, I could go on, but the bottom line is that he votes against things more than he votes for them, and it’s more or less the Republican party line. Fight is something he doesn’t really do much of.

I doubt Rep. Gallegly will agree with me that obstructionism and corruption are among Washington’s biggest problems.  MoveOn has some no-nonsense, common sense ideas to fight Washington corruption:

Amend the Constitution to protect America from unlimited corporate spending on our elections by overturning the Supreme Court’s decision giving corporations the same First Amendment rights as people.

Pass the Fair Elections Now Act, providing public financing to candidates who are supported by small donors so they can compete with corporate-backed and self-funded candidates.

Pass legislation to end the overwhelming influence of corporate lobbyists by: prohibiting individuals from switching from corporate lobbying to government service, or vice-versa, within a 5-year period; stopping corporate lobbyists from giving gifts and providing free travel to government officials; and posting online the attendees and content of all meetings between lobbyists and government officials.

I have no problem signing that.  Somehow I doubt Rep. Gallegly will agree.  We’ll see tomorrow.  

If you’re in or near Rep. Gallegly’s district, stop by:

Rep. Elton Gallegly’s District Office, 2829 Townsgate Road, Suite 315

Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

Tuesday, August 10th, 5:00 PM

Tim Allison Officially Expresses Intention to Run in CA-24

Disclaimer: I am an unpaid volunteer for Tim Allison’s campaign in CA-24

This evening I received an email from Tim Allison officially expressing his intention to run for CA-24 (with formal announcement to come in September), after a lengthy exploratory committee phase in which he has been tirelessly seeking the support of activists across the county.  

From the email:

Tim Allison announced today the successful conclusion of his exploratory committee and the beginning of his campaign for Congress in California’s Congressional District 24.

Although Allison will not formally announce his candidacy until September, he has formed a committee with the Federal Election Commission and is raising money and actively seeking endorsements.

“Over the past several months, I have had the privilege to conduct a listening tour in all parts of the 24th Congressional District.” said Tim Allison, “I have spoken to teachers and small businesspeople, doctors and retail clerks, farmers and students. Everywhere I went there was both optimism and uncertainty.  People want change.  They want to leave a better country for their children.  They want to know that their job is secure and their pension will be there for them when they retire.  They want a strong educational system and affordable healthcare.  They also want a representative in Congress who shares their values and will listen to their concerns.”   “The people of the 24th Congressional deserve someone who represents them and not special interests in Washington, DC,” declared Allison, “and my campaign will be about the people in cities and neighborhoods across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.  The Barack Obama campaign, which I was privileged to have been a part of, has shown the difference we can make block by block and street by street.  With the help of an incredible campaign team, we will bring change to CD-24 and begin the important work of improving education, reforming healthcare, jumpstarting our economy, providing green jobs and alternative energy and supporting public safety.”

The Tim Allison for Congress Campaign would like to thank his committee.

Co-Chairs of the Tim Allison for Congress Exploratory Committee:

Leo Valenzuela-Ventura County Labor Leader

Jill Martinez-Former Congressional Candidate & Chair, Ventura County Central Committee

Daraka Larimore Hall- Chair, Santa Barbara County Central Committee*

Sue Broidy-Regional Director of the Democratic Party* (Region 10)

Members of the Tim Allison for Congress Exploratory Committee:

David Atkins-President, Ventura County Young Dems*

KK Holland- Vice-President of Administration, Ventura County Young Dems*

Joyce Howerton-former Mayor of Lompoc

Mike Getto- Obama Precinct Specialist

Sherry Holland-Obama Phone Bank Organizer

Cheryl Hermann- President of the Santa Ynez Democratic Club*

Ron Suckle-President of the Stonewall Dems of Ventura County*

Sandra Kinsler-President of the Ventura Democrats

Brian Leshon-Communications Committee Chair, VCDCC

Steve Cummings, Treasurer of the Working Blue Democratic Club*

Debra Dent-CD 24 regional coordinator for the Obama Campaign*

Jay Kapitz- Obama Delegate to the Denver Convention

Sandy Emberland of the Democratic Club of the Conejo Valley* and Obama Delegate

Bill Gallaher, Supervisor Zaragosa’s office* and fmr Chair, Ventura Cty Dem Party*

Sharon Hillbrant, Fmr Chair Ventura County Dem Party*

* all titles for identification purposes only and are not used to suggest organizational endorsements.

The Democratic primary race is bound to be interesting: already in the mix are 2008 Democratic primary winner Marta Jorgensen, my fellow young Democrat Shawn Stern, and Moorpark College Professor Marie Panec.  Also a wild card is the possibility of the entrance of Jim Dantona into the race, as he wavers between running for AD-37, CA-24, Ventura County Supervisor (in a reprise of the race he lost by under 1,000 votes to the execrable Peter Foy), or none of the above.  Dantona and Allison had a greater conversation at a recent labor fundraiser I attended, and it seems that Dantona is leaning against a CA-24 run–though politics being what it is, that could change.

Contrary to earlier reports and rumors, previous Democratic candidate Mary Pallant (whom I served briefly as online outreach coordinator) will not be filing to run as of our last conversation, and interim Ventura Party Chair and 2006 primary winner Jill Martinez will not be running, having already endorsed Tim Allison.

CA-24 will be a major uphill battle no matter who comes out the primary: Elton Gallegly, while one of the least effective and laziest members in all of Congress, has managed to keep a low profile and stay out of political hot water for the most part, winning 59% of the vote in a district that bucked its Republican registration advantage to vote for Barack Obama.