Election 2010: Swift, solid House victory for GOP’s McClintock
Sun News Service
NEVADA/PLACER COUNTY. Calif. and#8212; When Tom McClintock first ran for Congress in a neck-and-neck race two years ago, he couldn’t declare victory for a month after the election.
Tuesday’s victory was fast and firm.
and#8220;It was a lot more celebratory than two years ago,and#8221; the incumbent Republican said from his Roseville victory party. and#8220;There’s a lot bigger gap.and#8221;
McClintock’s re-election to his second term as representative for California’s District 4 came as Republicans snatched dozens of congressional seats from Democrats, seizing control of the House of Representatives while remaining the Senate minority.
and#8220;The American people understand very clearly that no nation has ever taxed its way to prosperity, but many have taxed their way to bankruptcy,and#8221; said McClintock, 54. and#8220;The good news is that we know how to restore prosperity.and#8221;
He hopes to join a congressional fiscal committee and chair the committee on natural resources during his upcoming term.
Democratic candidate Clint Curtis, whose campaign promised to fight for more federal funding in the district that encompasses Northeastern California, was disappointed Tuesday night.
and#8220;We’re going to have another two years of nothing for the district,and#8221; said Curtis, 52, who opposes McClintock’s plan of reducing federal spending all around.
Third-party voters didn’t come through as he’d hoped, he said. And even if independent candidate Ben Emery had not run, the McClintock camp was too great a force, Curtis added. Voter registration in the district is strongly Republican.
and#8220;It’s a matter of numbers,and#8221; Curtis said.
Meanwhile, Nevada City resident Ben Emery, 40, garnered a handsome number of votes for a third-party candidate and#8212; but far from enough to win.
The McClintock campaign is and#8220;a giant machine,and#8221; said Emery, who is registered with the Green party but ran independently of the party. and#8220;We were running so far under the radar that our campaign was totally asymmetrical. We were knocking door-to-door.and#8221;
Emery’s platform centered around government corruption and accountability. He decided to run after a January Supreme Court decision allowed corporations to donate unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns; he has called that decision and#8220;the end of democracy.and#8221;
Over the next few years, the private ranch manager plans to run an extension of his campaign, educating voters in advance of 2012. He and#8220;definitelyand#8221; plans to run in that election, he said late Tuesday.
and#8220;I learned a ton. I can’t even begin to go over everything I learned from this campaign,and#8221; Emery said. and#8220;When we started, we had no infrastructure, no resources, and while we campaigned to win, we understand this is a building year. We’ve got to plant this seed.and#8221;
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