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Throw the bums out

Observations from the Edge
Robert T. Nanninga
Coast News
October 24, 2006


Before I begin my treatise against the politics of Brian Bilbray, as evidenced by the behavior of Brian Bilbray, and why only a fool or the ethically corrupt would vote for Brian Bilbray, let me go on record saying there is no way in hell I would ever vote for Senator Diane Feinstein either.REPLACE -- yank and put the following

And yes, I know Feinstein is not running against Bilbray, why would she? Bilbray and Feinstein are cut from the same compromised cloth. As a Californian who recognizes the need of a paradigm shift, I encourage voters to support Green party Candidate Todd Chretien for senate. A world away from the duopoly embodied by Bilbray and Feinstein, Chretien is the only environmental choice for U.S. in California.

No on Bilbray. No on Feinstein. Yes on Chretien.

Thankfully someone is running against Brian Bilbray, the carpetbagging lobbyist with pretensions of following in the footsteps of his friend, the felonious Randy Duke Cunningham. Currently the target of a grand jury inquiry regarding election fraud, Brian Bilbray, never far from controversy and never above grandstanding, voted himself a raise and for oil drilling off the San Diego coast a week after out maneuvering Democrat Francine Busby in the special election to replaced the imprisoned Cunningham.

Another reason not to vote for Brian Bilbray is his conspicuous beating of the anti immigrant drum. First elected to public office in 1976 as a populist city councilman, As Mayor of Imperial Beach, his time was spent trying to build a yacht marina in the Tijuana estuary, and a breakwater off Imperial Beach. Both efforts failed due to strong opposition from environmentalists and surfers.

Immigration was not his first priority.

Elected to the County Board of Supervisors, Bilbray's decade in office is best defined by the ill fated trash to energy/recycling center debacle. Of which he was the leading advocate of the financial boondoggle,politics overwhelmed economic judgment, and North County cities were forced to repeatedly sue the county to protect the best interests of North County residents.

In 1998 the San Diego County Grand Jury investigation into that breach of leadership noted questions and criticisms from independent entities such as the California Pollution Control Financing Authority, the California Energy Commission, and the Public Works Advisory Board,were overlooked by a majority of the Board.

Immigration was still not a Bilbray priority.

Elected to congress in 1994 to represent California's 49th district, he was defeated in 2000 by democrat Susan Davis. Bilbray's support of a proposed airport at Brown Field in Otay Mesa and lobbying on behalf of campaign contributor Metabolife, a dietary supplement containing ephedra a substance banned by the FDA, and his support of the Gregory Canyon Landfill were at the root of his defeat.

Registering as a federal lobbyist after leaving congress in 2001, Bilbray worked for the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, the San Diego Airport Authority, Los Angeles County, San Diego Gas and Electric, the Bajaqua sewage treatment plant, and from May 2002 until July 2005, the Federation for American Immigration Reform(FAIR)accepting $300,000 from the group.

Brian Bilbray is currently on FAIR's board of advisors and recently received nearly $10,000 in campaign contributions from members of FAIR's board of directors.

In June of 2006 Bilbray not only voted to drill off the San Diego coastline, Bilbray also voted yes to declare Iraqi occupation part of the war on terror with no exit day, he also voted against increasing funding for Amtrak days after taking office.

Bilbray has proven to be consistently out of step with the people of north San Diego County, and constantly for hire. Pro corruption and anti environment, Bilbray is a threat to the quality of life of all his constituents, and an insult to political integrity.

Reject the Bilbray! Vote Busby!

Change is vital.

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