Congressional forum on Saturday
by TP staff
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The three men on the ballot vying for a seat in the House of Representatives will be in Tracy on Saturday, Oct. 23, to tell the public their vision for governing the country.

Rep. Jerry McNerney, the Pleasanton Democrat who has served two terms in Congress already, will be joined on the stage by David Harmer, a Republican who polls say is the main threat to wrest the seat away from the incumbent this fall. Also on stage will be David Christensen, who is running under the banner of the American Independent Party.

The forum, which is free to attend and hosted by the Tracy Press, will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Monte Vista Middle School, 751 W. Lowell Ave.

Those attending will not be allowed to display signs during the forum. Also, electioneering or picketing on the school property is not allowed. However, the audience will be able to submit questions that will be posed to the candidates via a moderator.

Harmer goes into the forum ahead of McNerney by 6 points, according to a Survey USA poll of 624 likely voters. The poll was conducted earlier in October.

However, according to a Lake Research Partners poll of 500 likely voters from about three weeks earlier, McNerney enjoyed a 45 percent to 35 percent advantage over Harmer, with Christensen clocking in with 5 percent of the vote.

According to campaign finance filings, McNerney had $1.5 million cash on hand in his campaign war chest, while the Harmer campaign boasted more than $500,000 in cash on hand.

Both the Harmer and McNerney campaigns say the 11th District race is one of the most important in the nation and could determine which party — Republican or Democrat — controls Congress from 2011 to 2013.

The district encompasses much of San Joaquin County, as well as several cities over the hill, such as Livermore, Pleasanton and Morgan Hill.

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RedHotChilliPeppers
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November 01, 2010
TomBenigno,

It sounds like one can get a tour of the country club but if you don't pay your dues they kick you out?

The part about you getting money from them is fantastic. How did you pull that one off?

I don't know if it counts for being elected to public office though.

The voters have to decide on impeachments. Not just some committee at the good ol' boy club out in Manteca of Modesto.

dcose
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November 01, 2010
Accuse, never supply evidence. The Benigno motto?

"I was not on medication at that time in 2002."

Is there any evidence?
TomBenigno
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November 01, 2010
Response to Chubby Cose:

Tom Benigno wrote:

We don't have to prove any thing to you Dale your not important, he was found guilty by the voters. You should read the story some time and shut you'r big mouth. I was not on medication at that time in 2002.

The 7 checks came through the Central Committee, and that was enough. As for Don Parsons he is the one who responded to the news media about Mrs. Salles. My comment to him would have been, WHAT NOW YOUR IN FAMILY LAW.

Vote No on (E) & (D).
dcose
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November 01, 2010
TomBenigno wrote »

"Ask Christy Salles if Don is a good consultant."

Mr. Parsons is not in charge of running her life... campaign, possibly. The two are connected.

"Pombo was an opponet when I wrote the truths..."

Your truths vary based upon time of day, medication, crankyness etc. You called the man corrupt yet fail to support your claim.
RedHotChilliPeppers
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November 01, 2010
TomBenigno,

I didn't bring it up it was written in a Tracy Press article. I said I'm not opposed to the candidates and questioned whether your P.S. at the end of your comments looks like spam?

TomBenigno
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October 30, 2010
Response to RHCP the other BOY TOY.

Tom Benigno wrote:

Pombo was an opponet when I wrote the truths on the blog SaynotoPombo. That what politics has become. As for Don Parsons he can't even get anyone to consult these days, he call himself a political counsultant. Ask Christy Salles if Don is a good consultant.

Yes I did inquire about running for Mayor of Stockton. Is there anything else you would like to bring up.

Vote No on (E) & (D).

RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 29, 2010
TomBenigno.com,

Why would I need a cd? Didn't you post the same comments on saynotapombo.com? I suspect the cd would be like the trees from the forest,

I actually think you helped him all those years.

The TP puts it this way...

"Perrenial. campaigner Tom Benigno"

"He also got kicked out of the Republican Central Committee..."

"Benigno even contemplated moving to Stockton to run for mayor of that town, too"

"The most Benigno provides for local politics? ""Entertainment""

"Parsons said"

The quoted information come from another Tracy Press article titled, "No debate".

Source:

http://www.tracypress.com/view/full_story/2179755/article-No-debate

TomBenigno
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October 28, 2010
Response to the boy toy RHCP:

Tom Benigno wrote:

Read the articles on the race in 2006 Mc Closkey thinks he did it but I know better. I ran against Pombo twice, and was quite effective. If you want to see the CD on the form it's available,so is the one that I had with Richard in 2002.

Mc Nerney just got lucky. If your so smart let me debate you on some issues, instead of posting your garbage on the blog. The election will soon be over when it is you can climb back under the rock you came from.

Vote No on (E) & (D).
RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 28, 2010
TomBenigno,

That's funny I (and others) were not able to vote for a Republican Central Committee candidate. So I wouldn't consider that poliitical experience. As i have already explained it's more like an exclusive country club. Or being in charge of the Moose Lodge.

And that's funny I thought Pombo lost to McNerney. Are you saying that when you endorsed McNerney that was what did the trick.

I don't think giving an endorsement counts as political experience. In fact, it's kind of the reverse, in my opinion.
TomBenigno
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October 28, 2010
Response to RHCP:

Tom Benigno wrote:

Your wrong, I was elected to the republican Central Committe, about 8,000 votes second to the highest vote getter in 2000.

As for being elected to any office, I helped to remove a corrupt congressman, that was quite an accomplishment especially a 7 term dude.

What have you done lately.

Vote NO on (E) & (D).
RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 27, 2010
TomBenigno,

Unless you count the spam at the bottom of your comments as 'years of political experience'...

It's probably about the same since neither of us has been elected to an office by the majority of the registered voters.

TomBenigno
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October 26, 2010
Response to RHCP:

Tom Benigno wrote:

Who cares if you buy it, it's the truth. My political experience tells me I'm correct. What political experience do you have?

Vote No on (E) & (D).
RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 26, 2010
TomBenigno,

I really don't care and I really don't buy it anyway this is a story about a congressional race.

Good luck with it.
TomBenigno
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October 26, 2010
Response to RHCP:

Tom Benigno wrote:

There was nothing wrong with the old Republican Party, until we started to bring in people who were Bipartisan rhino's. Some thought because they ran for local office, as in Mayor or City Council offices it was the same as party races.

Vote NO on (E) & (D).

NOW THOSE ARE THE BAD & UGLY
RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 25, 2010
Anybody see that movie, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY?

I got dubs on the 'Good'.

;)
RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 25, 2010
In 2002, the R Central Committee (and the D) were good ol' boy clubs. Members drove up in a late model Oldsmobile, or borrowed their fathers to maintain the image.

It wasn't until Arnie pulled up with a foreign Hummer and a cigar. From Cuba. That's when congress created the word "Globalization." And the good ol' boys from both sides could drive Hondas madeby NAFTA,claiming were pprotecting the environment.

Today, these good ol' boys are still debating the issue.

GM is gone. From Fremont.

While Tesla hasn't seen one dime.

It's time for change. And the tea party can't get everyone on one page because of Measure E.

I say it's time for compromise.
RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 25, 2010
TomBenigno,

You're completely wrong about my opposition to anything. I'm not opposed to any of these candidates.

If you can give me a reason to vote for any candidate i'd like to hear that, because I don't think it matters that you were once a Republican or Democrat.



What I'm saying is why should it matter if you were rejected by both parties? Even the tea party? Why should I care for their approval or who you endorse?

Why don't we just vote for the best candidate. Being tied in with one party must feel restrictive around election time?

These parties are becoming much more complex than just a pin on the lapel at the Dem or Repub fundraiser meetins''.

If you keep going you will divide the Repub party in half? But I'm sure that's not your goal, here, is it?
TomBenigno
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October 25, 2010
Response tto Jim Freeman:

Tom Benigno wrote:

No this is not about my fathers republican party, It's about my republican party that went south. I don't like your questions being answered by RHCP, he is part of the smear committee to destroy people who run for office that oppose their "Bull".

About your meetings I was not invited to attend your meetings. I think you know I was elected to the Republican Central Committe in 2002, and I ran for congress 2 times against Pombo. That decision should not have hindered my position with the republican party, but it has. I'm the republican that should be supported by the (R) party and invited to your meetings.

I'm still a republican contender to run against any candidate, I feel is not worthy of office. Not because it's the lesser choice of "two evils", but because we need oversight in Washington D.C. I have proved I can do that.

Vote NO on (E) & (D).

P.S Where was the Tea Party when I helped oppose measuer (E) then measure (D) was dropped like a hot potato by your group.

Vote Noon (E) & (D)
RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 25, 2010
JimF01,

It's the lesser choice of 'two evils'.

Tom,

All politics aside.

The point is Tracy may become the first city in history to send the tea party their first wake up call.

I'm not just saying what I want to happen, because I can't predict the future. I'm just analyzing what is happening.

I wouldn't be surprised to read your name in the next Racheal Madow report.

Former republican looks to party elsewhere.

Saying "thanks for explaining that for us, Tom".

JimF01
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October 25, 2010
What makes you think you have a choice? You only have a choice on E. Even if E is approved, the CC boys club can stick you with the EMS fee as well - rhcp I am done talking about Meas E in this thread

Tom, this is not your Daddy's Republican party. Come to the Tea Party meetings, and you will learn why a number of Harmer supporters applauded David Christensen's adherence to Constitutional principles, especially things like looking through Article 1 Section 8 for Health Care

http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_A1Sec8.html

nope its not in there

The question that should be asked is how the McNerney supporters never applauded Mr Christensen, They appeared not to like the fact that he agreed more with David Harmer than with Jerry McNerney on the whole.

The McNerney supporters appeared not to like the fact that Mr Christensen showed over and over that our federal government has exceeded it's constitutional authority in many, many areas.


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