Amador, 65, a Republican, will hold a news conference at the Veteran’s Memorial near Lodi City Hall at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.
He’s touting his life experience as one of 14 children born to Mexican immigrant farm workers, as well as his professional experience from a long law enforcement career: 13 years as a Los Angeles Police Department patrol officer; appointments to various state positions by governors Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson; a stint in Washington as Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, the agency overseeing the Executive Branch’s personnel practices (where he was accused of sexual harassment in 1993, later cleared by a White House review); and seven years (ending last month) as U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of California.
“Tony Amador has the real experience and background to represent California’s 11th Congressional District. In comparison, Rep. Jerry McNerney has become one of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s reliable liberal ‘Yes men’ in Congress,” reads the news release that went out today. “At a time when the public’s opinion of Congress remains at an all-time low, the 11th district needs a man like Tony Amador—A Tough Leader for Tough Times.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee wasted no time in trying to take Amador down a notch. “Unlike Tony Amador and his other two primary opponents, Jerry McNerney has been working hard on behalf of the people of the 11th District to create jobs, especially through renewable energy, cut taxes for small businesses and get the economy moving again,” said DCCC Western Regional Press Secretary Andy Stone, who himself is a former McNerney spokesman.
Stone’s “other two primary opponents” comment might be an understatement; as Lisa noted in her column this past weekend, there’s a lot of GOP interest in this seat. Other declared or potential candidates include Lodi-area grape grower Brad Goehring; Danville businessman Jon Del Arroz; former San Jose City Councilman Larry Pegram; San Ramon businessman David Bernal; and Lodi-area construction company owner Robert Beetles. I’d bet McNerney believes it’s “the more, the merrier,” as a fractious GOP primary could sap the eventual nominee’s money and momentum for the general election.
Amador’s news release says he and his wife of 44 years live in Lodi, but that’s a relatively recent development – he’s a longtime Sacramento resident. I’m checking now to see when he moved into the 11th District, but it’s basically academic: The Constitution requires a Congressional candidate only to live somewhere within the state, not the district itself. And as a practical matter, it might not have made much difference either – just ask John Garamendi!