Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton has produced his first TV campaign ad although it appears he is also using it as a fundraising tool.
Click on the link to the ad and his web site asks you to donate in order to “keep this positive message on the air.”
The ad opens with a shot of a sweating, hard-working man and leads up to McNerney talking about his push to make college more affordable, his support for middle-class tax cuts, his call for an investigation into price gauging at the pumps and his drive for federal investment into renewable energy development.
It’s all true although his demand for a state investigation into price gauging at the pumps is a stretch. The demand consisted of a letter McNerney sent to California Attorney General Jerry Brown who apparently put it in the bureaucratic round file. Counties in California inspect the accuracy of gas pumps and there’s no evidence to suggest that pumps are wildly out of whack.
Congressional challenger Dean Andal, a Republican from Stockton and a former member of the Assembly and Board of Equalization, called the ad a bunch of hot air.
“Mr. McNerney’s claims are all hot air – enough to turn a wind turbine,” Andal said in a press release. “Not only did Mr. McNerney oppose new domestic drilling, he cast the deciding vote to adjourn Congress for five weeks at the height of the crisis. Instead of supporting efforts to reduce fuel prices, he went on vacation.”
It’s true that McNerney opposes opening up more domestic sources of oil and natural gas. The Democrat says the oil and gas companies already have plenty of areas under lease they could develop.
“Vacation” suggests that the members are all lolling about on the beach drinking rum out of pineapples (okay, that’s my idea of vacation) when, in reality, McNerney and other members with competitive races back home spent most of their time campaigning, fundraising and doing constituent work. On the other hand, plenty of people criticized Congress’ decision to take its annual, five-week summer break when energy and economic issues face Americans.
But it’s silly to suggest that McNerney was the “deciding” vote for adjournment. The vote was 213-212. Under Andal’s argument, every single one of the 213 members of Congress who voted to adjourn was the “deciding” vote.