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Toilet-paper caper for Moraga Republican

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 at 5:48 pm in Contra Costa politics.

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Nicholas Gerber’s house was toilet-papered this weekend.

Why?

Gerber thinks it has to do with the fact that he’s a Republican candidate for Congress in District 10, held by incumbent Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo.

“I want to run a clean campaign but this is not what I meant,” Gerber wrote in an e-mail, tongue-firmly-in-cheek. “Must mean I am a real contender for the seat if (Tauscher) is already sending her minions after me. Got sweaty trying to take it all down, lucky I had something nearby to wipe my brow with.”

With all due respect to Gerber’s sincerity and good intentions, Tauscher’s so-called minions have no need of toilet paper to defeat Gerber.

Tauscher is an extremely well-funded, 10-year incumbent in a district where Democrats have a nearly 13 percentage point party registration advantage. In fact, the only talk about finding an opponent to Tauscher comes from members of the far left who dislike her centrist policies.

Gerber is an unknown entity who only recently switched his party from Libertarian to Republican. More important, the vast majority of the $12,000 he has raised came from his own checkbook; he only received $100 in contributions in the first six months of the year.

Nonetheless, Gerber is out there campaigning and we ought to give credit to anyone willing to exercise his or her right to seek public office, especially when the odds are so low. You can check out his campaign web site at http://www.gogerber.org/

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  • Matt

    …the only talk about finding an opponent to Tauscher comes from members of the far left who dislike her centrist policies.

    Lisa, your use of the term “far left” to describe those of us who talked about finding a primary challenger to Tauscher is simply inaccurate and reflects a poor understanding of the political landscape.

    I hope you realize that many of the generally progressive groups that voiced displeasure at Tauscher also supported candidates like (now Senator) Jim Webb, who was the Secretary of the Navy for Ronald Reagan. It’s hardly the hallmark of an ideological and “far left” group.