And, Jerry McNerney’s newest TV ads

Hot on the heels of Republican challenger Dean Andal’s new television commercial, Rep. Jerry McNerney uncorked two of his own today:

McNerney will be pressing the latter ad’s pro-woman theme with a women-to-women phone banking effort at 6 p.m. this Thursday at his campaign headquarters. Clearly he wants that soccer-mom demographic on his side… perhaps he’s worried about Andal riding Sarah Palin’s coattails?

Anyhow, my esteemed colleague Lisa Vorderbrueggen fact-checked some of these allegations last month. She found Andal was listed as a “no” vote against a bill to let prosecutors to pursue legal rape charges in cases where the woman was under the influence of drugs or alcohol; Andal spokesman Richard Temple told her this was merely a clerical error, and he actually supported the bill. She found Andal had voted against a bill stripping employers of the ability to prohibit females from wearing slacks to work; Temple noted that didn’t mean Andal believed all women should have to wear skirts or dresses to work, but merely that employers should be able to set workplace dress codes. And she found Andal while on the Board of Equalization had voted for a policy that led to lower property assessments for utilities, telecommunications, pipeline and railroad companies.

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.