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Lodi Unified School District trustee George Neely endorses Jerry McNerney for Congress

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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:18 am, Wed Oct 3, 2012.

George Neely, a Lodi Unified School District trustee, has formally endorsed Rep. Jerry McNerney for Congress.

“From day one, he has had the backs of veterans as well as the people in our community. As a veteran myself, I know that we need somebody like that ... someone who really cares about what we’re facing and has the experience to do something about it. Jerry is that kind of person, so I will continue to stand behind him,” Neely wrote in a press release.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:41 am on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/OPINION-San-Francisco-Declares-Itself-a-2645851.php

    maybe this will help Ms Bobin., was an article printed in the San Francisco Chronicle back in 2005...

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:17 am on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mary, Thank you for so strongly pointing out attributes that give thought to why Mr Gill is a quality candidate. He comes from a successful hard working family that has experience making money in an industry that benefits human beings other than themselves. They are self made and have had nothing handed to them like the Kennedy family.

    Joe Kennedy left over 500,000,000 in trust for the Kennedy Klan back in the 60's when that was massive wealth. Yes, Jack Kennedy was much different. His family bought a presidency and owned jets, ships, and a fleet of Mercedes.

    Mr Gill has benefited from his families success but please do not compare him to the wealthy. In comparison, has normal everyday citizens in his life, not the ultra rich crowd that many democrats hang with.

     
  • Mary Ragusa posted at 11:49 am on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    lilragu Posts: 21

    I think a comment was excised...but yes, I do have children and yes, I do know that the Gills are local ob/gyns. I also know they were major stock holders in the now defunct Bank of Lodi. They sold out prior to it's demise and made millions.
    My children went to school with Mr. Gill. I know him well...to well! He went to private school K-8, Tokay High, Princeton undergrad on a full-scholarship that he took despite the fact his parents could afford to pay! Then he went to Law School at Boalt at UC Berkeley. Did he pass the bar? THAT I do not know!
    When I once went to the Gill home, I saw only several Mercedes parked in and outside of the garage. Ricky hangs with his "Mokulmne" alum in Sunwest and on their ranches. Yes, he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth...
    Yes, I agree it is ambitious and admirable that he is running for office. But he is not the candidate for me. I want to be represented by someone who represents the "everyman," not only the wealthy, not only Lodi.
    Obviously I am not a Lodi native. I have lived here a majority of my life here but I have never become a conservative, narrow minded and somewhat prejudice person that many seem to be here in Lodi!

     
  • Mary Ragusa posted at 11:36 am on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    lilragu Posts: 21

    John F. Kennedy served in our Armed Forces and was injured in action. His brother was shot down and killed in WWII. He was a Senator prior to running for President. Yes, he came from an extremely wealthy family but he was well educated and had live in Europe with his family. His family has had a political background since his grandfather "Honey Fitz" was active in Boston in the early 1900's. Very different from Mr. Gill....

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:48 am on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Yes, but the office Mr Gill is running for is not one that requires a Jack Kennedy.This office provides experienced staff to assist either candidate. How else would Sonny Bono have served effectively in a similar position?

    Since you offered no other reason other than age as a reason for dismissing Mr Gill, I found it out of character for the man that represents the Lodi School Board so well.

    In fact, when you state that you are sure he is a fine young man, but... one could easily draw a conclusion you are not taking him seriously and that you are a bit condescending.

    Personally, I find some young people like Mr Gill more creative, intelligent and able to think outside the box to find solutions than many older folks who are set in their ways .That is why each person should be evaluated on a case by case basis.

    May I ask, if someone appeared before the school board who is 25-30, would you dismiss what they have to say simply because of their age... after all, they are no George Neely...


     
  • George Neely posted at 11:46 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    George Neely Posts: 12

    That is true enough Darrell. Your point is well stated and well taken. I said that Mr. Gill is probably a fine young man. I believe his intentions are honorable, and I respect his character. But to paraphrase Senator Lloyd Bentsen, “Mr. Gill, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:54 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr. Neely stated…I have nothing against Mr. Gill…

    Then stated… I do believe that a person needs more life and work experience before becoming a member of Congress. They need to understand the problems we are facing. Believe me, I know the Constitutional requirements for age, and I know that some will take issue with this point of view. Nonetheless, it is my personal preference that my Representative be more experienced.

    I remember the same line of thinking when John F Kennedy ran for the most powerful and difficult position in United Stated. He was too young and had little experience or wisdom that the office of president demanded.
    (According to the establishment)
    Yet, this young man turned out to be one of the better presidents in our history. I would think a balanced and thoughtful person as Mr. Neely is would look at each person and judge them by their accomplishments. I have heard Mr. Gill speak and express his ideas. His maturity is beyond his years and is in command of the issues. To simply dismiss Mr. Gill simply because of his age is inexplicable and perplexing to me.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:34 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...How do YOU like that thinking when it applies to YOU?

    Not much Ms Bobin, Your Tina Fey type analysis is simply amuzing. In fact, you making some type of bizarre point about international travel demonstrates how silly you are.

    Im sure the good people of the bay area would be surprised to learn that the Federal level has absolutely no effect on the local level...

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:12 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...Put the facts where your mouth is, Mr. Baumbach.

    It is a fact, that Pelosi gets her support, money, and votes from San Francisco liberals who have vehemently oppose our military. She is controlled and managed by the liberal establishment that hates the military. If she did not play liberal ball in San Francisco, she would not be elected. Clearly, she represents the thinking and attitude that reflects the people she represents.


     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 4:19 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    FYI, your link leads nowhere.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 4:11 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Baumbach wrote: "Ms Ragusa... Mr Gill was born into a family of two working parents who served our local community in helping people with illnesses to become healthy again. These people worked hard for everything with nothing handed to them."

    "If Mr Gill had been a Kerry or Kennedy that had hundreds of millions in trust, I might think your term of born with a silver spoon had merit."

    Do you even know what type of physicians the Gills are? Since you don't have any children, probably not.

    Maybe not "hundreds of millions," but certainly tens of millions according to financial records of the Gill's holdings.

     
  • George Neely posted at 4:00 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    George Neely Posts: 12

    I knew very well when I made this endorsement that it would not sit well with some, particularly here in Lodi. My political points of view (notice the plural) are my own and I refuse to follow any party line. I speak my mind when I think it appropriate. Even as a teacher, I spoke out against the union when I felt they were wrong. And I have to tell you, I found the “true colors” comment by Mr. Yates very amusing (the name calling was a good touch too Marc). I have NEVER tried to hide my “true colors.” I am red, white, and blue, through and through. 20 years in the Army will do that to you!

    Also, I believe the condition of our political discourse in this county has gotten out of hand. I am tired of the constant demonization of political candidates, parties, and opinions coming from BOTH sides. I believe that the absolute strict adherence to an ideology is tearing this country apart at the seams.

    Personally, I have voted for both Republicans and Democrats for President and other offices as well, and I will continue to do just that. I know that I only have one vote, so I want it to be mine and not based on some hate filled speaking point repeatedly pushed at me though sound bites by some overfunded campaign.

    My passion is education and education reform. It is my focus and where I spend the vast majority of my time. I believe I can be the most effective by knowing an area well and then concentrating my efforts there. There are some that disagree with some of ideas about the changes we need to make in education, but that is because it is an honest difference of opinion. I don’t think they’re bad people just because they're wrong! (OK, that was just a joke)

    On the subject of this Congressional race, let me start by saying that I have nothing against Mr. Gill. I have heard nothing bad about him (nothing I believe anyway), and I am sure that he is a fine young man. I also applaud his initiative to step up and run for office. I remember how hard it was when I made that decision. All of a sudden you feel like your life is open to everyone. The decision itself speaks well of his character.

    However, I do believe that a person needs more life and work experience before becoming a member of Congress. They need to understand the problems we are facing. Believe me, I know the Constitutional requirements for age, and I know that some will take issue with this point of view. Nonetheless, it is my personal preference that my Representative be more experienced.

    Congressman McNerney has been a strong supporter for our veterans and this area. He recently broke with his party and refused to support an attempt to increase taxes on the “rich” because some provisions would hurt farmers in our area. Jerry is a good man that cares for this area and our people, and that is why I have chosen to support him.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:24 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Ragusa... Mr Gill was born into a family of two working parents who served our local community in helping people with illnesses to become healthy again. These people worked hard for everything with nothing handed to them.

    If Mr Gill had been a Kerry or Kennedy that had hundreds of millions in trust, I might think your term of born with a silver spoon had merit.

    Since Mr Gill supports conservative policies that benefit the military, you would think his local involvement would be a positive for you.

    McNerney is a bay area man whose family and friends all live in cities sounding the bay area. He has no vested interests in this area and has an incentive to serve the interests of San Francisco, not San Joaquin county.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:13 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...What makes you think Nancy Pelosi does not support the military, Mr. Baumbach

    No one does Tina Fey kind of comedy better than Ms Bobin... San Francisco is responsible for Pelosi being elected time and time again....

    according to San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Declares Itself a Military-Free Zone

    Not content with simply protesting the war, they've trained their sights on all things military. In an apparent effort to rid the city of any semblance of its military history, various leftist groups, and even some city officials, are trying to erase the military's presence altogether. In short, San Francisco has declared itself a military-free zone.

    Following on the heels of their success in sometimes violently shutting down job fairs that include military recruiters on college campuses, the counterrecruitment movement is now looking to broaden its influence. Instead of merely protesting the existence of military recruiters on campuses, the movement wants to ban them altogether


    http://www.sfgate.com/

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 2:13 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Baumbach wrote (for the umpteenth time)"

    "McNerney votes for legislation that Pelosi votes for 97% of the time. Pelosi does not support military."

    Now, what makes Mr. Baumbach believe that ALL Republicans DO NOT support the votes of Republican House Leader Boehner? In fact, Boehner is less effective because he is running scared from the TEA Party bullies in the House. Why do you think the Congress has a 12% or less rating? Because Republicans have made a hobby of BLANKING over the American public by obstructing every piece of legislation in order to make Obama a "one term president."

    Oooooh, scary, McNerny votes with other Democrats - again - just like all Republicans do.

    What makes you think Nancy Pelosi does not support the military, Mr. Baumbach? Not supporting the two unnecessary wars started by George Walker Bush is VERY different from not supporting the military.

    I could easily say that YOU DO NOT SUPPORT THE MILITARY since you have never served. Do you think THAT makes sense or is an unfair assessment?

     
  • Mary Ragusa posted at 1:59 pm on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    lilragu Posts: 21

    This is one time I agree with Mr. Neely. The rest...well, what else would we expect from ultra conservative Lodi? I, for one, will not vote for a 25 year old who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, has been in school up until this year and never had a job a day in his life. Nor has Ricky Gill, or anyone in his immediate family, ever served in the U.S. military!! My family has!
    Why doesn't Mr. Gill get some "experience" going through officer's training in the military, picking grapes on "his" farm, or do something that might scuff up his expensive shoes? Maybe he couldn't afford to drive an expensive foreign automobile if had one of those jobs??? People--do you get the hypocrisy yet??

     
  • Kerry Suess posted at 11:08 am on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    The Knight Romer Posts: 13

    The three comments I have seen so far totally represent my opinion as well.

     
  • Kim Parigoris posted at 10:45 am on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    I respect Mr Neely's service and am a staunch supoprter of our military in general. However, there are so many vital issues facing our nation right now, that basing an endorsement on a teeny weeny fraction of what a Congressman's responsiblity is, is really a flawed endorsement. McNerney will vote every time against business and the economy- unless it is a big government program.. "Pathway to Job Creation through a simpler Tax Code Act"- NAY. "Stop the War on Coal Act"- NAY. "Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Creation Act"- NAY. "Repeal Obamacare" NAY. "Income Tax Deduction for Small Businesses Act" NAY. "Authorizing Research for Oil Shale Development" NAY. The list goes on and on and on. Pro Big government, and anti-business and free enterprise.

     
  • Marc Yates posted at 7:06 am on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    MWYates Posts: 22

    Witness Neely's true colors...A Pelosi/McNerney Liberal. That doesn't not bode well for local education.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:30 am on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    McNerney votes for legislation that Pelosi votes for 97% of the time. Pelosi does not support military. In my view, McNerney uses his military experience and connections to woo votes from the conservative side. All other issues McNerney supports are ultra liberal. Why else would a self identified progressive liberal like Cynthia Neely hold fundraisers for McNerney.

    We have a local person in Gill that will better represent interests of San Joaquin County as he has vested interests in this area as opposed to McNerney who is a bay area man.

    I respect George Neely as a member of our community, but voting for McNerney and ignoring his non military votes is not in a farming communities best interest
    ( like Lodi), especially since Mr Gill is very much supportive of military issues and concerns.

     
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