McNerney announces next “corner” stop

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, will meet with constituents Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. at the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station.

It’s part of the congressman’s “Congress At Your Corner” program, a series of meet-and-greets in the community. Everyone is invited to show up and ask questions or tell the congressman what you think about federal issues.

It’s unusual for a member of Congress to show up at train stations and grocery stores. Members are more likely to hold town halls, although some representatives are more accessible than others.

But as a newly elected representative who beat seven-term incumbent Richard Pombo, McNerney needs to shore up his profile as he heads into what promises to be a very difficult re-election campaign.

Aside from their first campaigns, new members first re-election bids are nearly always their most difficult contests. And McNerney is a Democrat in a district where registered Republicans outnumber those of his own party.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen