On beer and gloating

A banner ad on the Calitics blog says Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton and Charlie Brown, a Democratic candidate for Congress in the district of beleaguered Rep. John Doolittle, will host a joint fund-raiser in San Diego on Friday night at the Karl Strauss Brewing Company.

For $40 — $20 per candidate — you’ll get admission and a chance to gloat with Democrats over the recent FBI raid on Republican Doolittle’s Granite Bay home in an investigation related to imprisoned former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Click here for information on the time and place for the fund-raiser.

Brown came remarkably close to unseating Doolittle in the 2006 election in a heavily Republican district, and given the incumbent’s recent legal troubles, many believe the congressman’s political career is over.

McNerney is running for re-election and hopes to hang onto to his seat, also a district where Republicans outnumber Democrats. He’s hoping his emphasis on constituent services will persuade even conservatives that he cares about his district.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen