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Lee: Voters will regret GOP’s House takeover

“When the smoke clears, I think people are going to say, ‘My God, what have we done?’”

So said Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, a few minutes ago, discussing the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives.

“We have to regroup, I hope Speaker Pelosi continues to serve as our minority leader,” Lee said. “I think we really have to look at what has been said tonight, the American people are really suffering, they want jobs, they want the quality of life everyone deserves.”

But Lee said she believes voters across the nation will soon realize Republicans and tea partiers “totally obstructed the jobs agenda” for the past two years, voting against job-creation measures and unemployment insurance extensions at every turn.

“The frustration and the fact that the economy has not turned around quick enough is what the message has been … but if we can get money out of the political system and start to bring forward what the Democrats have done and what the Republicans have obstructed, people will begin to realize what the tea party really stands for,” Lee said.

News outlets are projecting victories for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown and incumbent U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. Lee said “these are tremendous victories” for Democrats who have the experience and the burning desire to create jobs. “Part of the message that Californians have sent tonight is that they’re not going let elections be bought, and I’m very proud of that, proud of Californians for staying the course.”

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.

  • Elwood

    For Bobby Lee, de Nile is a river in Egypt.

  • Arne Simonsen

    Sour grapes from Barbara Lee. Now where is my violin?