What happens when your local congressman is a 34-year-incumbent who coasts back into office every two years?
Well, it means local party activists have to find someone else to fight for. In 2006, Hayward’s liberal stalwarts swarmed over the hills, Hannibal-style, and raided the Tri-Valley in an effort to help defeat incumbent GOP powerhouse congressman Richard Pombo. Whether or not their efforts made much of a difference in the Democratic victory there — after all, Hayward folks certainly can’t vote in the 11th district — freshman congressman Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, thanked them kindly in a recent hand-written letter we’ve reproduced below:
Dear Hayward Demos,
Thank you all so much for your support and belief, for holding together a great organization, for getting involved in my race, for donating, and for everything you do for our great nation.
Does this mean the Hayward area’s outnumbered Republicans will return the favor by sending their own war elephants over to the valley to defeat McNerney in the next battle? We’ll just have to wait and see.