In future posts, I’ll have more to say about how this year’s 6th District two main candidates for Congress compare regarding various issues. But for the moment, just a comment or two after checking in on both Lynn Woolsey and Jim Judd’s websites.
Rep. Woolsey and her webmaster may want to consider replacing the “Triad” photo which shows her with House members Barbara Lee and Maxine Waters. Today the House ethics committee formally charged Rep. Waters with three counts of ethics violations and a trial is expected to follow this fall. Rep. Waters maintains her innocence of these charges. However, this isn’t the first time she has faced ethics allegations. The Triad is most famous for their opposition to the war in Iraq, but that’s another post. Lynn Woolsey shares the label of far-left progressive with her colleague, Maxine Waters, has not had ethical problems of her own, and so she might want to tone down the association with someone who has, repeatedly.
Jim Judd’s events page reveals two interesting points for comment. On Wednesday, Aug. 25, a Candidate’s Town Hall is scheduled for 7:30-9:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall , 12 Ward St, Larkspur, CA 94939. Here is the rest of the announcement:
DETAILS: Jim Judd, Bob Stevens, Lynn Woolsey and Jared Huffman have all been invited to attend. The candidates have been asked to give a brief summary of their platform and then take questions from the audience. Jim will be there, and if all invitees show up, it will be a great opportunity to get to know them.
I sincerely hope all four candidates do come and participate. All of them, including our current congresswoman. I’m definitely putting this event on my own calendar!
Also of note is the red, white, and blue invitation to Jim Judd’s Victory Party on Election Night, Nov. 2. Now since the entire purpose of this blog is to make voters more aware of reasons why Lynn Woolsey should not be reelected in November, naturally I’m very pleased to see the optimism shown by the Judd campaign. But if I may, how about a suggestion? Mr. Judd, in order to beat an incumbent who still has reason to feel she’ll be reelected, might intensify his efforts to increase his name recognition and to reach out across party lines to Democrats. Some issues won’t be too adaptive to reaching across party lines, but certain ones assuredly can be. For instance, the recent local controversy begun by the front page Press Democrat article/opinion piece by Martin Espinoza about DUI checkpoints and illegal immigrants. I don’t think it would be going out on a limb to say that Mr. Judd’s view of this issue would agree with most folks in the district, and it would be an excellent idea to chime in on such matters as they surface and are being actively debated. It seems to me that a challenger for Congress needs to grab every possible opportunity for reaching out to and having a meeting of the minds with the most voters possible. Now, as Jim Judd’s Bio page reminds us that, even without a campaign to run, he has plenty to do as a businessman with a manufacturing company and a ranch to run. One only has so much time. Still, if there is going to be a real victory party Nov. 2, the Judd campaign will have to roar into overdrive, and it is never too early to start and not imprudent to speak up on as many generally-discussed issues as possible.