McNerney McNuggets

mcnerneyportrait.jpg“Three, three, three tidbits of McNerney news for the price of one!!!”

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, today announced he’ll be the honorary chairman of an economic summit Aug. 22 at the University of the Pacific in Stockton at which business, education, transportation, and economic development experts from across the Central Valley and the Bay Area will discuss how to spur San Joaquin County’s economic growth.

“I am committed to helping create jobs in San Joaquin, particularly in the area of new energy technology,” McNerney said in a news release. “I spent my career before arriving in Congress working with wind energy and other forms of clean energy technology. I know that San Joaquin — with both man-made and natural attributes — is well-positioned to benefit from the expanding use, investment in, and development of these energy sources.”

The “2007 Economic Summit: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Renewable Energy” summit is being organized by the Public Forum Institute. It aims to explore ideas — including tax incentives and reduced regulatory burdens — for empowering entrepreneurs and small businesses to locate or expand business in San Joaquin; identify promising opportunities for further development of renewable energy businesses; discuss creating “smart growth” guidelines for urban planning and affordable housing; and examine what’s needed to provide sufficient job training to local residents while investing more in science, mat, engineering and technology education to create a pipeline for high-tech and entrepreneurial jobs. McNerney will kick it off with an opening address before panel discussions get underway.

Two more McNuggets after the jump…

Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee sent reporters an e-mail hit piece on McNerney this morning, saying:

Jerry McNerney lined up once again with the Democrat Leadership to make it easier to raise taxes on the American people. McNerney voted against a motion which would have prevented the IRS from implementing or collecting any new tax increases that the Democrats try to pass.

“McNerney has clearly proven that he has every intention to raise the taxes of hard working Americans,” said NRCC Communications Director Jessica Boulanger. “The Democrats are not missing any opportunity to show that they are committed to pushing tax increases as part of their liberal agenda.”

Jerry McNerney and Democrat leaders were obviously all talk when they promised that Americans should “not at all” be concerned about the Democrats raising their taxes. By failing this motion, McNerney has shown his disregard for protecting American families and our economy from the certain damage that will be done as a result of their reckless fiscal policies. This is yet another vote in a countless string of promises broken by McNerney and the Democrats within six months of being in the majority.

“Boy, that’s some creative thinking from Republicans playing political games. Unfortunately, voting for this motion would have prevented cutting any taxes in the future,” McNerney spokesman Andy Stone told me this morning. “Already, Congressman McNerney has supported over a billion dollars in tax cuts for small business and he’s fighting to cut taxes for middle class families who could be hit by the Alternative Minimum Tax.”

Agree? Disagree? Go tell him yourself. McNerney is holding his next two “Congress at your Corner” meet-and-greets with constituents next week: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 2 at Lunardi’s Supermarket, 345 Railroad Ave. in Danville; and noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at the Volunteer Fire Department, 18901 E. Highway 88 in Clements.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.