Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Democrats' ads say Pombo out of touch, link Republican to ethics scandals

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, July 6, 2005 10:00 pm

Democrats have made good on their promise to aggressively target Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, and other prominent Republicans. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ran ads in two local papers Wednesday that painted Pombo as ethically challenged and out of touch with the needs of Central Valley residents.

Republicans say Democrats are trying to generate attention in the wake of being turned down by two well-known Democrats they were seeking to oppose the powerful seven-term congressman.

The ads in The Tracy Press and The Tri-Valley Herald read: "Richard Pombo's work in Congress is generating headlines … on his ties to lobbyists, his conflicts of interests and his alleged misuse of tax dollars."

Pombo was one of six Republicans targeted by ads in their local papers. The others were Bob Ney of Ohio, Charles Taylor of North Carolina, Rob Simmons of Connecticut, Duke Cunningham of San Diego, and House majority leader Tom DeLay of Texas.

According to Sarah Feinberg, press secretary for the Democratic committee, each was targeted in about two papers. The total cost of $36,000 was shared by the Democratic National Committee. The ads included a link to a Web site describing their ties to DeLay and lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who have been linked to a variety of ethics scandals.

"These are six men who are wrapped up in ethics scandals," Feinberg said. "It's important for voters in their districts to know that they're focused on special interests and not the interests of their constituents."

Pombo's congressional office referred calls to Republican political consultant Wayne Johnson, president of JohnsonClark Associates of Sacramento and a consultant to Pombo since his first campaign in 1992.

Johnson had a different explanation for the ads.

"They're trying to attract a candidate," Johnson said. "It's early, but not so early that they haven't been turned down."

Johnson referred to decisions by two prominent local Democrats not to challenge Pombo. Mike Machado, a state senator representing Linden, has decided to finish his term, which runs through 2008. State assemblywoman Barbara Matthews, D-Tracy, turned down a request from U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, to challenge Pombo.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don't pretend you're someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don't insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.

Welcome to the discussion.

Video

Popular Stories

Poll

Loading…

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists