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Brentwood web designer buys anti-McNerney site

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, March 21st, 2008 at 5:55 pm in 2008 June primary, congressional district 11.

Webpage designer Chuck Handwork of Brentwood says he’s is the proud owner of a web site dedicated to the ouster of Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton: www.votemcnerneyout.com.

The National Republican Congressional Committee produced the webpage’s content as part of its campaign against targeted Democrats across the nation, including McNerney.

A freshman who beat incumbent Republican Richard Pombo in 2006, McNerney is seeking re-election to a second term. Dean Andal, a Stockton Republican and former Assemblyman and member of the Board of Equalization, is running against him.

This is a whole new campaign world, isn’t it?

Anyone, anywhere with a few bucks, access to a computer, a bit of technical acumen and something to say can jump on the Internet and seek to influence public opinion.

One of the most oft-cited web pages in the 2006 Congressional District 11 campaign was Say No To Pombo, a site dedicated to replacing Pombo.

But the power and mystery of the Internet goes even deeper.

In a campaign tactic that nicely lines Google’s pockets, God bless them, people with web sites can bid for the chance to appear at the top of a “sponsored links” frame when users enter a specific name or phrase, such as “Jerry McNerney.”

Handwork bid to have his site show up twice on Google when you type in “Jerry McNerney,” as “Vote McNerney Out” and “The Real McNerney.” He pays a dime a click.

They were No. 1 and No. 2.

Unfortunately for Handwork, pro-McNerney forces know the trick, too.

TheMiddleClass.org apparently outbid Handwork, and its site — as of 5:51 p.m. Friday — appears No. 1 on the list, under “McNerney Earns an A+” (TheMiddleClass.org is produced by a progressive think tank called the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy.)

But Handwork is no dummy. He also bought Number 2 on the list, with the heading of “McNerney True Democrat,” which offers a link to a Washington Post voting record site.

And no, Dean Andal doesn’t have any sponsored links yet … or he didn’t as of 5:51 p.m. Friday.

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  • Renegade GOP

    The GOP is going to throw kitchen sink at McNerney. If the Obama vs. Hillary fight goes to the Dem Convention it could hurt McNerney. Just look how it is benefiting McCain.

    The question is does the district want to elect a nice smiling version of Bill Baker/Richard Pombo? The fact that Andal is campaigning as a Washington DC Republican, (notice he recently had the House Republican Leader do a fundraiser for him) should give thinking Republicans pause. Maybe we need something a little different.

    In the end what we could be witnessing over the last election cycles is the passing of conservatism in Tri Valley politics. This could be their last stand. The demographics of the 11th congressional district and the 15th Assembly district are moving towards the Democrats. The old wanna-be Reaganites like Baker, Pombo and Leach are fading into memory. Andal and to a lessor extent in a strange way Kamina is their hope. Their golden boys of glories passed. This is the last stand for their disciples. There battle of Bulge.

    Lisa V calls these races ground zero. I say it will be a battle Royal!

  • Renegade GOP

    This will be a battle Royal. Republicans trying to retake this seat will be like the Germans trying to rescue Paulus’s army at Stalingrad. The Tri Valley is slipping away as a conservative strong hold and they are trying desperately to hold on the 11th congressional and 15tth Assembly District.

    Website attacking McNerney is only the start of things to come. I am sure the RNC and the hapless CAGOP will go nuclear.

  • http://www.charleshandwork.com Chuck Handwork

    I believe McNerney was not elected, but Pombo was voted out through the lies and smear of the Demecrats.

  • http://www.charleshandwork.com Chuck Handwork

    sorry, Democrats, HA HA HA

  • Renegade GOP

    Pombo lost because he was out of touch with his district. He was too close to GW Bush and part of the pork/earmark problems that plague the GOP in Congress.

    The problem is Andal is not offering anything new except old fashion Republicanism. Too bad there was nobody else running in the GOP primary. Now our choice is Bill Baker redux or the Liberal professor McNerney. Add to that the shifting registration in the district and the poor fund raising for GOP house candidates means Andal will have a hard time.

  • Renegade GOP

    Pombo lost because he was out of touch with his district. He was too close to GW Bush and part of the pork/earmark problems that plague the GOP in Congress.

    The problem is Andal is not offering anything new except old fashion Republicanism. Too bad there was nobody else running in the GOP primary. Now our choice is Bill Baker redux or the Liberal professor McNerney. Add to that the shifting registration in the district and the poor fund raising for GOP house candidates means Andal will have a hard time.

  • http://www.charleshandwork.com Chuck Handwork

    Pombo was well in tune with the district. The dems filed made up accusations that NEVER found Pombo to be wrong, but the smear of the dems used their own accusations to smear him, and uninformed voters began to belief what his opposition was claiming, even though nothing was ever proven. McNerney’s district is a GOP conservative district. Being Pelosi’s puppet and trying to represent his conservative district has Jerry tap dancing more than Sammy Davis Jr.

  • http://www.charleshandwork.com Chuck Handwork

    Pombo was well in tune with the district. The dems filed made up accusations that NEVER found Pombo to be wrong, but the smear of the dems used their own accusations to smear him, and uninformed voters began to belief what his opposition was claiming, even though nothing was ever proven. McNerney’s district is a GOP conservative district. Being Pelosi’s puppet and trying to represent his conservative district has Jerry tap dancing more than Sammy Davis Jr.

  • http://www.charleshandwork.com Chuck Handwork

    Talk about a lieing hypocrite! Mcnerney constantly criticized Pombo for earmarks, but here we go, EDO Corp’s PAC gave McNerney $2,000 — including $1,000 that two days before the freshmen Democrat requested an earmark ($800,00)for EDO’s facility in his district, records show. This was part of an article in USA today titled “‘Earmark’ analysis shows money follows power”

  • http://www.CharlesHandwork.com Charles Handwork

    When he had a chance to take a stand against illegal immigration, Jerry McNerney voted to allow illegal immigrants to form unions in the United States. (House Roll Call 117)

    “For too long our government has failed to secure our borders, allowing easy access for illegal immigration and having no enforcement at the workplace.” Jerry McNerney, http://www.jerrymcnerney.org

  • http://www.CharlesHandwork.com Charles Handwork

    McNerney voted to continue to waste hard-earned taxpayer dollars on pet projects when he voted against a proposal to impose an immediate earmark moratorium until both parties could come together to fix Washington?s mess of an earmark process. (House Roll Call 32)

    McNerney voted in lock-step with the liberal Democrat leadership to fund duplicitous pet projects over critical human intelligence. (House Roll Call 117)

    By voting for the Democrats’ $124 billion supplemental spending bill, McNerney voted for legislation “stuffed full of pork,” according to Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonprofit, nonpartisan government watchdog group. (House Roll Call 186)

    McNerney voted to allow hidden earmarks to be tucked into the Democrats’ SCHIP bill, despite his promise to be part of the “most open Congress in history.” (House Roll Call 902)

    McNerney seems to be a fan of wasteful spending and bureaucratic tape. McNerney voted to throw away taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars on needless and duplicative federal programs. (House Roll Call 936)

    McNerney and the Democrat leaders of the so-called, self-proclaimed “most open Congress in history,” have closed the door on any possibility for amendments or debate on a series of appropriations bills. As a result, 54 never before seen earmarks were stealthily placed into various appropriations bills at the expense of important funding for our troops, our veterans and hard working Americans.

  • http://www.CharlesHandwork.com Charles Handwork

    McNerney voted to adjourn the US House of Representatives for a two week Thanksgiving recess, blatantly neglecting to pass a critical housing, health care and benefits bill for our nation’s veterans and troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan (House Roll Call 1113).

    McNerney voted for a bill that is widely perceived as a giveaway to the trial lawyer lobby, allowing for an open-ended commitment for frivolous lawsuits in the workplace. (House Roll Call 768)

    McNerney put partisan politics above the needs of troops and commanders on the ground by voting for a Democrat-sponsored bill mandating extension of troop deployments overseas. (House Roll Call 795)

    McNerney voted to kill a measure to protect state marriage laws from being changed in a courtroom by trial lawyers. (House Roll Call 1056)

    McNerney and his Democrat leadership in Washington left town on Veterans Day weekend without passing a vital veterans’ housing, healthcare and benefits bill.

    McNerney voted yet again in lock-step with the Democrat leadership to block a motion aimed at protecting housing for America’s homeless and disabled veterans. (House Roll Call 714)

    Voted against the interests of America’s small businesses and their ability to create jobs and provide affordable health care to their workers. (House Roll Call 17)

    McNerney voted to give federal handouts to illegal immigrants by voting to gut the requirements in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program law, which requires states to verify citizenship before providing health benefits. (House Roll Call 787)

    McNerney cast a vote which would not only cripple the American mining industry, but also send American jobs overseas, increase America’s dependence on foreign resources and undoubtedly endanger America’s economic and national security. (House Roll Call 1032)

    McNerney voted to defy military commanders on the ground and cut off funds for the troops in harm’s way. McNerney’s vote to ration funding for the troops allowed for a two month funding allowance that would accelerate the Democrat slow bleed strategy. (House Roll Call 333)

    Voted for the Pelosi-Murtha “slow bleed” strategy to choke-off funding for American troops in harm’s way. (House Roll Call 186)
    By voting yes, McNerney voted for a date certain for retreat and defeat in Iraq and voted to hamstring the mission by allowing Congress to micromanage the war.
    Ignoring widespread criticism from the American Legionand major news publications from across the country, he made it clear that he believes politicians in Washington can better execute the military’s mission than the commanders on the ground.
    The bill he supported had been labeled “something of a trick” and an “unruly mess: bad policy, bad precedent, and bad politics” by news publications typically allied with the House Democrat agenda.

    Voted to allow convicted felons to receive student loan benefits. (House Roll Call 29)

    Voted against increasing college access and affordability for middle- to low-income students, against providing greater resources for Pell Grants, and against deficit reduction on behalf of taxpayers. (House Roll Call 31)

  • http://www.CharlesHandwork.com Charles Handwork

    “The United States needs a ‘sustainable energy’ plan because our economy depends on it …”
    http://www.jerrymcnerney.org

    McNerney voted in lock-step with his Washington leaders for the Democrats’ “No Energy” bill, killing jobs and increasing dependence on foreign energy (House Roll Call 1140).

    Roll Call 1136 Fail to Pass Clean AMT

    McNerney voted for $6.5 billion in new taxes on American energy producers. Voted for higher energy prices for American consumers. Voted to stifle domestic energy production. And voted to increase America’s dependence on foreign sources of energy. (House Roll Call 40)