Republican Dean Andal returns to Washington

Dean Andal

Dean Andal

The 2008 Republican congressional candidate Dean Andal, who unsuccessfully challenged Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney, was spotted in a House cafeteria today and in front of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Washington, D.C., office a few days ago.

I put in a call to Andal but have not yet reached him.

But it’s probably safe to assume that he is not in D.C. for Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Andal hinted strongly last November that he would run against McNerney again in 2010, which suggests that he may be in Washington, D.C., to begin the arduous process of raising money for his next campaign. Andal fell short of congressional campaign observers’ fundraising expectations in the last election although he consistently said he met his own cash goals.

The bigger question is whether or not Andal will secure national GOP financial support this early in the game.

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton

The GOP may have some reservations. Despite strong conservative credentials in a what was once solid GOP district, Andal lost to freshman McNerney by 10.6 percentage points.

Granted, the political winds were in McNerney’s favor and he most congressional election experts projected his victory. But few thought the freshman Democrat, who unexpectedly toppled Richard Pombo in 2006, would beat Andal by such a large margin.

Republicans hope to recover some of their losses next 2010 and Andal undoubtedly hopes to lock in national support before a crowd gathers on the GOP primary ticket. We’ll see if the GOP banks on Andal or looks for a new face.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Freak of the far right

    It would make Jerry McNerney a very happy man to have the fortune to run against ole Dean Andal again. Andal’s appeal is only to the conservative base of the party. The fact that he got whipped in a Republican majority district by over 10 points shows that he GOP needs to find someone who can win and be attractive to a broader base of support. Additionally Andal was surrounded by a lot of the old Bill Baker gang. At one time these folks were a powerful force in Contra Costa County. But they have been washed up for some time now and they do more damage to a candidate than help. Andal was recruited for his fundraising prowess. But the reality was far different. His fundraising was flat horrible. Then the idots at the Republican National Congresssional Committee (RNCC) cut his funding inorder to save incumbents. I remember when the TV news folks were interviewing Andal and asked him about the RNCC leaving him financially high and dry. The look of disappointment on his face said it all. Probably the same look General Paulus had at Stalingrad when he was told there would be no rescue.

    To my fellow Republicans lets have a real primary in 2010. Lets not just annoint another old republican hack who wants to be closer to Washington DC than our district. The fact that he had the failed Republican congressional leadership campaigning for him and that his is now potentially lobbying these same loser in DC to help clear the field for him again says it all to me.

    I hope someone steps up and runs so the voters of the 10th congressional district are not stuck having to choose between having to vote for Andal or voting McNerny again! This time we need a real contested primay to choose our Republican candidate!