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McNerney earns our support with a solid first term in Congress — and plenty of visits to Lodi

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Posted: Friday, October 17, 2008 10:00 pm

We didn't endorse Jerry McNerney when he challenged then-incumbent Richard Pombo for Congress.

We had our doubts. He had never held elected office before, after all. He was soft-spoken, professorial. We wondered if he had the stomach or the personality for politics.

He surprised a lot of people by winning that election. He's surprised us by performing diligently as a congressman, reaching out to Lodi and its citizens far more aggressively than we expected - certainly far more than his Republican predecessor did.

It's a pleasant surprise to have an elected official exceed expectations, and McNerney has done that.

His overall performance, his unique area of expertise, and his attention to Lodi constituents earns our endorsement in a tough race with a formidable Republican challenger.

As an energy expert with a doctoral degree from the University of New Mexico, McNerney's value should only rise in Congress in coming months, as the nation struggles to find more and better options to foreign oil. He is big believer in solar and wind, and has the savvy to help move us, as a nation, toward energy self-reliance.

We wish McNerney were more embracing of nuclear, but as is typical, his position is neither entrenched nor dogmatic. He says he is open to more nuclear power development as economics may become more favorable and technology advances to make disposal of nuclear waste less problematic.

We like the fact that he has been a major supporter of our military veterans. As a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, he backed a sizable increase for the Veterans Administration, has focused research on brain injuries to veterans and has set up a district veterans advisory board.

He may have a doctorate, but he's not a know-it-all. Asked about a preferred strategy in Afghanistan, he replied: "I don't know. I don't have an answer." He needs to look more carefully at the situation, he said, and study the options.

Some may contend McNerney should, in fact, have an answer on Afghanistan. We think his reply shows refreshing candor and restraint. McNerney is no blowhard.

Though he voted for the economic bailout, he anguished over the vote. And during meetings of the Democratic caucus, he urged going slow, developing a strong and thoughtful economic plan over creating one in haste.

Yet it is in the area of outreach that McNerney has excelled. He has made the rounds of local farmers, business leaders, service groups and elected officials. But he has also, quite frequently, held his "Congress at Your Corner" meetings and coffee klatches with regular folk. His staff has been eager to publicize such events, understandably; it's been a running joke in the newsroom that McNerney spends more time in Lodi than in Washington, D.C.

That, we'd submit, is not a bad thing.

Republicans have found an extremely able challenger in Dean Andal of Stockton. Andal is a former Assemblyman and a current member of the Lincoln Unified School District Board of Trustees.

Andal has a wonderful sweep of knowledge, from taxation to education to immigration. He is personally impressive, articulate and amiable.

If we were to question Andal, it would be on two areas:

One, his reluctance to commit to a position on the economic bailout until it was passed showed a lack of, shall we say, political fortitude.

Second, he has served as a consultant to Gerry Kamilos, a prominent developer who partnered with Delta College to help develop a satellite campus at Mountain House near Tracy.

That satellite campus has sucked many millions from a bond issue that was supposed to provide enough money for a Lodi campus, too. The college's handling of Mountain House drew a sharp and valid rebuke from the San Joaquin Grand Jury.

The money pit that Mountain House sits in now might very well mean Lodi ends up with nothing.

There is no clear evidence of misconduct by Andal.

Still, it may chafe some in Lodi to think that our next congressman could be, even indirectly, responsible for the vaporization of a college campus here.

- The Lodi News-Sentinel

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18 comments:

  • posted at 11:07 am on Fri, Oct 24, 2008.

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    ...and definitely not over their dead body factually answer a question on the bankruptcy of America, particularly, how America is going to pay it off.

     
  • posted at 9:27 am on Fri, Oct 24, 2008.

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    McNerney = McIdiotMcNerney = McLapdogMcNerney = McPelosiMcNerney = McRubbishI went to one of his meet and greet in Lodi and asked him about the FEMA flood tax. He blew me off. Said the County was working on it. I would think a federal representative would be interested in representing the voters in front of a federal beaurocracy - but not our McIdiot. He would rather let the county handle that while he spouts the Pelosi mantra.We can do better. It can't get worse.What the hell was LNS thinking when they endorsed him?

     
  • posted at 8:11 am on Fri, Oct 24, 2008.

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    ...and definitely not over their dead body factually answer a question on the bankruptcy of America, particularly, how America is going to pay it off.

     
  • posted at 8:10 am on Fri, Oct 24, 2008.

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    I guarantee that McNerney will not (and Andal will not either) honestly and factually answer an informed and qualified question on the sovereignty of the united States of America...

     
  • posted at 8:08 am on Fri, Oct 24, 2008.

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    DeltaEnglish: Correct. McNerney appears to love VA questions. I postulate that he loves VA questions them to obtain votes in the next election. There isn't any controversy of US policy in assuring that VA benefits are administrated according to policy that already exists.

     
  • posted at 7:44 am on Fri, Oct 24, 2008.

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    Just because McNerney visited Lodi doesn't mean that he told the truth or showed any other form of respect during his visit.

     
  • posted at 3:33 pm on Wed, Oct 22, 2008.

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    McNerney should be given credit for his consistent support for the Veterans Administration and educational benefits for Iraq War veterans. We're going to have thousands of young people returning from Iraq with war-related disabilities from multiple amputations to traumatic brain injuries. If we truly honor their service and sacrifice, we taxpayers are going to have to foot the bill for medical care, rehabilitation, and education. It'll be expensive to keep our obligation to Iraq veterans. But they kept their part of the bargain, and McNerney deserves some credit for asking the taxpayers to keep theirs.

     
  • posted at 2:15 am on Wed, Oct 22, 2008.

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    Right on, al da long. Although I will be voting for McNerney, Jack Sieglock is not even a slight consideration because of his consistent elitist attitudes. I've encountered Sieglock in the past only through school activities (his kids are the same age as mine) and he and his wife have acted consistently as though they are some type of local royalty. A wonderful quality they have also passed on to their children.

     
  • posted at 8:13 am on Mon, Oct 20, 2008.

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    Typical LNS, Questioning Andal's tie to a Developer, making it an issue but then can back another with more ties that are not job related in a different race. LNS then doesn't mention another canidate's, Jack Sieglock's ties to the same developer along with multiple others while choosing to endorse him. What's the difference? back pocket Jack is a local GOB.

     
  • posted at 6:17 am on Mon, Oct 20, 2008.

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    I am just happy the guy is taking dirty money like the last Turkey we had.

     
  • posted at 4:34 am on Mon, Oct 20, 2008.

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    Jerry McNebbish has been the handpuppet and waterboy for Nancy Pelousi since elected. His lips are surgically attached to her posterior. Sorry, a very bad endorsement.

     
  • posted at 3:01 am on Mon, Oct 20, 2008.

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    McNerney has outspent Andal almost 4 to 1, and the majority of that money has come from pacs and other outside funds. I don't trust him. And yes, he's from New Mexico. I googled him and found out he was a consultant to Los Alamos during the Clinton admin. That alone doesn't mean anything, of course. Guilt by association isn't fair.But, his deal with EDO, and of course his "giant check" stunt with the city council (his "check" had his name on the top and on the signature line), scream sleazy politician.

     
  • posted at 1:49 am on Mon, Oct 20, 2008.

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    Jerry co-sponsored the SAVE Act BUT he refuses to sign the Discharge Petition to bring it to the floor for a vote. He does not want to anger his Dem leaders. He could care less about angering his constituents.

     
  • posted at 6:29 pm on Sat, Oct 18, 2008.

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    Open to nuclear as the economics become more reasonable???????? I guess LNS will swallow anything. If the French can do it economically with powerplants designed by American engineers, anybody can. Another McNerney straw dog that goes unchallenged by the lapdogs of the biased leftist news-media. A MEDIA THAT IS NOT OBJECTIVE IS NEVER FREE IT IS A TOOL OF THE GOVERNMENT FACIST OR COMMUNIST.

     
  • posted at 2:05 pm on Sat, Oct 18, 2008.

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    Steve: You hit it on the head. He is a lapdog and nothing more. When was the 10% of the time he did not follow the party line. If Obama is elected then the last thing we need is a veto proof Congress. Obama admittedly is socialist. Government will solve all your problems including seeing that the wealth is redistributed. I saw an interview and he called his plan neighborliness. I call it what it is, Socialism. Don't put someone in office who is going to blindly follow Obama's and Polosi's lead.

     
  • posted at 7:22 am on Sat, Oct 18, 2008.

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    That sure is a good reason to vote for someone because they come and visit Lodi! How about actually listening to the citizens of Lodi? I was rebuffed by McNerney's DC office when I called to ask him to oppose the bailout. How about actually supporting the troops? The only congressional bills he doesn't like are the ones about funding the troops.

     
  • posted at 3:54 am on Sat, Oct 18, 2008.

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    Wow, how lodi has changed. From what was once a staunch repbulican base, with good work ethic, built from immigrant farmer - to a liberal nestbed of transplant from the bay area who only whine about not getting to suckle on the govt teat. Amazing what 20 short years will do. In 20 more I bet English will be optional as the east side expands and covers the west side.

     
  • posted at 2:23 am on Sat, Oct 18, 2008.

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    Jerry is nothing but Nancy Pelosi's lapdog, but he likes coffee. Votes the party line 90% of the time, voted against the troops, but he likes to come to Lodi. For the past two years while being warned that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were ready to crumble and everyone knew it, Jerry and his low grade congress held one investigation after another into corruption in the Bush administration, results, nada. Wall Street was heading south along with the housing market, Jerry and his gang were holding hearings blasting the liberal's new boogy-man, "Big Oil," while his congressional buddies wanted the US government to take over the oil companies. While his liberal pals were going around town telling how the American troops were killing Iraq civilians "in cold blood," and the "surge" didn't work, and the war was "lost" Jerry sat on his hat and collected $726,810 in PAC money. Now he wants your vote for "change" while collecting money from corrupt lobbyist. This nothing new for Jerry, sold his million dollar earmark for $9,500, great deal for McNerney taxpayers maybe not so much.

     

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