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The battle is getting hot and heavy in the quest to take Pombo out of office in CA-11. Jerry McNerney, who lost to Pombo in 2004, has been getting most of the "grassroots" endorsements, such as DFA, East Bay Young Democrats, and also recently picked up the SEIU's endorsement.
Steve Filson, on the other hand, is a political novice, but brings to bear a lot of Democratic heavy hitters (remind you of any other race...see below). He's supported by a bevy of Congressman, most notably Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, state officials, including Don Perata, and many of the Democratic politicos around the district (including the longtime State Senator from Stockton, Patrick Johnston). This has lead to a substantial money advantage, as Filson has been able to tap traditional Washington funding sources.
There are better people to tell you about Pombo, such as Say No to Pombo, where Matt is doing an excellent job, but you'll find that almost universally that they will work for either candidate if it means a Pombo defeat. But a victory in this race is going to require a lot of manpower. Pombo will have a huge financial advantage against either candidate, and having people at the grassroots will help. But, for some reason, Filson, after losing these endorsements, he has been on something of a tear against the grassroots. From Progressive 11 Blog:
Steve Filson criticized the grassroots group's that have endorsed Jerry McNerney for Congress as being "extreme." He in particular focused his attack on Bay Area progressive's at the forum in Richard Pombo's home town of Tracy, Ca. (Prog-11) 4/25/06
I'm not sure what Filson was thinking, but this can in no way be a helpful tactic to him. He angers the left, who increase turnout in the primary to defeat him, or if he wins, he loses the foot soldiers. I'm not sure what he's trying to pull here, but it's completely unproductive.