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Yee jumps out to $$ lead over Wieckowski

By Matt Artz
Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 2:35 pm in Assembly race.

Assembly candidate Garrett Yee sent out a press release today announcing that he has raised $111,585 from nearly 200 donors as of today. Tomorrow is the deadline for candidates to file contributions for the past few months.

Yee’s top opponent, Bob Wieckowski, told me he raised about $65,000.

Wieckowski said he was pretty much resigned to having less money on hand than Yee for the upcoming Assembly batte, but hoped the news would spur his supporters to reach deeper into their wallets.

“My base is going to have look at that and say ‘we’re going to help Bobby boy raise some money here,’” he said.

Can Wieckowski beat a candidate who raised nearly twice as much money in the opening months of the campaign? Can Yee beat a man who refers to himself as “Bobby Boy?” We’ll find out in June.

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  • Fremont Lifer

    Interesting – just north of $550/contributor. Also interesting that his website does not include a list of endorsements, which might reasonably be assumed to include those who made said contributions.

    How many 55 year-old men still refer to themselves as “boy” in any context, particularly when they are running for office?

    Matt – I never did see the rest of that letter to the editor written by Yee that you excerpted in another thread.

  • http://www.anon.com anon510

    I agree with Lifer Matt. Bring on the rest of the letter!

  • Relatively new to Fremont

    Must be nice to have the big pocketed support of the Dutras!

  • Matt Artz

    The letter was short and tame. There really wasn’t anything more than what I transcribed.

  • Coyote_Bill

    After checking Wieckowski’s record as a City Councilmember, I will be voting for Garret Yee.
    Wieckowski has had many chances to distinguish himself, He has not.
    He is one of the five (5) Ayes

  • bigT

    Bobby Boy? how the hell can anyone justify voting for this knucklehead

  • Perry Masonary

    It is so seldom that one sees ineffectuality elevated to an art form as in the local career of one of these candidates. I’m seriously starting to believe that we need to have mandatory basic aptitude training and testing for public office.

    As far as the Dutras are concerned, one of the lesser-known laws of politics is that you can survive your enemies; it’s your friends who do you in.

  • Perry Masonary

    It’s so seldom that one sees ineffectuality raised to an art form as in the career of one of the local politicians in this race. I’m seriously starting to believe that we need to have mandatory basic aptitude training and testing for public office.

    As far as the Dutras are concerned, one of the lesser-known laws of politics is that you can survive your enemies; it’s your friends who do you in.

  • Jon Simon

    Wieckowski has a history of supporting liberal causes, including smart growth, something people have been railing about on this blog. His website actually names some specifics.

    Yee’s site talks about Yee, but nothing about his philosophy beyond the vaguest terms. After a few google searches, I’m completely unfamiliar with his political leanings.

    But I haven’t voted yet! :)

  • bbox231

    I’m not so sure “knucklehead” fits – - I think BW is intellectually a smart person . . . but there is a pretentiousness that comes through loud and clear when I watch and listen to him. I felt this was particularly true during the last round of prospective-council-member debates.

    I’m guessing that as Bob looks around the room and compares pedigree he (justifiably) feels above the crowd.

    What he doesnt seem to get is that his ongoing association with this crowd and his getting along to get along has (after so many years of complacency) compromised any modicum of productivity….

    Maybe he is smart and maybe he is a nice person, but along with the rest of the group – has few (if any) successes of any significance and at least a couple of pretty big “oopsies” during his tenure.

  • Perry Masonary

    Sorry for the duplicate posts above – it didn’t show up right away, so I figured it had fallen into an internet hole.