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Why is NRCC still targeting Jerry McNerney?

By Josh Richman
Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 11:43 am in 2012 Congressional Election, Jerry McNerney, U.S. House.

I got a good laugh from an e-mail I received yesterday morning from the National Republican Congressional Committee.

“Today, the National Republican Congressional Committee is welcoming Jerry McNerney back to Washington with a plan he won’t be able to resist: the House Democrats’ Retirement Package. This is an incredible offer for the California Democrat. With voters poised to boot McNerney out of office in the next election, why not just bow out now?,” the email said.

“Why wait until voters show you the door in 2014?” NRCC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said in the release. “House Democrats continue to support tax and spend policies and a big government agenda. If McNerney doesn’t retire soon, voters are going to deliver his retirement for him.”

McNerney, D-Stockton, was one of 10 House Democrats whose districts were targeted with this message, and the only one in California. I just can’t imagine why the NRCC continues to see McNerney as vulnerable, given that he just whupped the NRCC’s anointed “Young Gun,” Ricky Gill of Lodi, by 11.2 percentage points last month – the largest victory margin McNerney has ever had. He also now enjoys the largest Democratic voter registration edge (12 points) he’s ever had, so it’s hard to see how the NRCC sees a foothold there.

But hey, email is free, right? The true test will be when we see how much money the NRCC does, or doesn’t, put behind the next Republican to challenge McNerney.

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  • John W

    They’re obsessed. Mild-mannered Jerry seems an unlikely persona to portray as Public Enemy #1. Of course, the GOP has done so much to endear itself to the voters during the past year. It’s easy to seen why they would see bright prospects in McNerney’s district.

  • DanvilleDemocrat

    Not sure this counts as “targeting” so much as “Mad Libs”-style political attacks … betting every newly elected Democrat in California who didn’t crack 60% got one of these pathetic ads.

  • SJCWoman

    At the end of the day, I’m glad Jerry is still my representative. He has always been engaged with people here, and very sympathetic to people in our area. As long as we continue to support him, we’ll be in good hands.