Carpetbagging at its best |

Carpetbagging at its best

What does Tom McClintock, from coastal Southern California, really know about the 4th Congressional district of Northeastern California and it’s residents? Does he even care? Has it gotten to the point that it is not about knowledgeable, caring representation of a district? Is it, instead, about partisan retention of a district based only on party affiliation and which candidate is perceived as influential enough to be able to retain the Republican seat of California’s 4th district?

It is unfortunate that California law continues to allow carpetbagging to go on, which ensures that someone who has the best shot at retaining partisan political affiliation for that district and that party will be the candidate. This is not about good governance; it is about maintaining the political balance of power.

Shame on Mr. Egland for selling himself out, encouraging and offering to assist another (19-year) career politician to continue to maintain lifelong job security, this time in Washington. And should it come to pass, shame on those residents of this congressional district who would vote only for party affiliation rather than for the candidate who best understands this district, regardless of party.

Joe D’Andrea

Penn Valley

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