Election 2010: Swift, solid House victory for GOP’s McClintock | SierraSun.com

Election 2010: Swift, solid House victory for GOP’s McClintock

Michelle Rindels
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.

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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;