CA-18 is a D+4 district that voted for Bush in 2004; incumbent Cardoza ran unopposed in 2008. Of course, that was before unemployment in Cardoza’s district hit double digits*, and why Cardoza’s yelling for help from the federal government, while treating Speaker Pelosi like the radioactive career-killer that she is. Mind you, Cardoza’s also ducking those inconveniently public town halls in favor of nice, controllable mass phone calls; which tells you everything that you need to know about his interest in his consituency. Or his personal moral courage.
So he’s getting a challenge: Mike Berryhill, who’s a local irrigation district director – and apparently annoyed.
“Someone needs to step up to the plate and take on Dennis Cardoza,” Berryhill said. “He’s really had a free ride in the last couple of elections. I feel like the people in our area are not being represented.”
“Representation.” Ha! Doesn’t he understand that Blue Dog Democratic districts are only there to empower liberal Democratic agendas?
PS: No website yet – he only just announced – but the CA GOP site is here.
*How much of this can be attributed to the federal government deciding that preserving the Delta Smelt was more important than preserving San Joaquin farmlands is up to the reader; the San Joaquin valley is very large, but you can’t shut down entire industries virtually overnight and not expect fallout.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.