Sunday, July 13, 2008

Spoghtlight On: The CA 4th CD

For my inaugural post, I would like to take a moment to discuss a Congressional race that is in my backyard. I’ve commented before about this candidate, but I really want to introduce him to the readership. This laudable candidate is Lieutenant Colonel Charles Brown (USAF Retired) running for the California 4th.

Now, let me preface this by saying that I know this will prove to be a tough race. The PVI of the district is R+11, and the GOP is running a carpet bagger from the 19th State Senate district (Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties). It appears they have to transplant someone with a pulse to take over for Doolittle, whom chose not to run again after the scandals of the past year.

So this brings me to my support of Col. Brown. He already had a good showing in 2006, running against Doolittle, only losing by just over 3 points. The district has grown since then, and a lot more progressives have moved into the mountain regions of the Northern Sierra Nevada range. With all this motion, we have the best chance we’ve had in 20 years to take back the CA 4th.

Now, I do have to admit that Col. Brown is a Blue Dog candidate, but in this climate it’s probably a good thing. He’s progressive enough to massage some of the Liberal G-spots that I personally have (ex. Universal Health Care, Hate Crimes Legislation, LGBT Rights and Responsible Energy Policy) while still keeping true to his feelings about fiscal responsibility, which is one of my watchwords as well. He even encourages people to slow down a little when driving to save gas and our environment. And, having caught him on the freeway a couple of times, he practices what he preaches!

Moreover, Col. Brown has show his willingness to speak truth to power. He was a vocal opponent of the Iraq War … not because it was the politically right thing to do, but because it was the RIGHT thing to do. He openly shares that he tasked and flew recon missions over Iraq in the 1990’s and … yep, you guessed it … no WMD!

Also, on our commitment to Veterans, Col. Brown is setting aside 5% of his fundraising to assist with Veterans charities. Having a Father who is a Vietnam Vet, this is something that is moving to me. I’d like to see more of our candidates rise to this challenge and help those who have fought for our freedoms.

Charlie Brown also understands the need for retail politics in a rural district, such as the 4th. From appearances at 4th of July Celebrations, to fundraisers at a Vineyard in Penn Valley (which is where I got to meet him … my friend’s parents own the vineyard), he is no stranger to the Grip-N-Grin. When people contribute to his campaign, he sends them a Hand Signed letter of thanks. That is something that is all too rare in today’s politics.

I could go on and on about Lt. Col. Brown, but I’m sure I’ve been long winded enough for my first post. Thank you all for this opportunity to really discuss some of the progressive candidates that will help further our country if given our support.

As always, Just my 2 Cents!



DCDemocrat said...

What characteristic do I look for in a candidate in the General Election?

Well, frankly, the letter "D."

So you go, Col. Brown! I gotcher back.

And thanks, Dizzy, for a great first diary.

Anonymous said...

I'm with DCDem. All I need is to see the "D" next to his name. Hopefully, the GOP scandals--and the McCain's doomed candidacy--will help depress turnout.

Dizzy said...

I'm just worried because after the DCCC promised help on behalf of their Red to Blue list, they have all but abandoned this race. We have a REALLY good chance of taking the seat if we can get some of the powers that be engaged. He's still polling stronger than McClintock ... but we need some more heavy hitters (Gen. Wes Clark has come to town stumping for Col. Brown) to turn some attention to this poachable district.

Anonymous said...

They anbandoned the race because he's doing too well? That's STUPID.

Dizzy said...

I'm not sure at what point the DCCC turned it's attention elsewhere ... I've just seen their interest and support waning in recent weeks. Now, the campaign officially still has a dialog with the DCCC per my last conversation with Jan Brown, but that's been a couple of weeks ago.

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