In defense of Denham

Dean Andal responds to yesterday’s blog item about Rep. Jeff Denham:

 

Rep. Jeff Denham

“As usual, you give no scrutiny to this group – which is obviously a Democrat party front group organizing against Congressman Denham.

“Please note the attached Board of Directors – a who’s who of California’s leftists. Lets be clear about their motives – they are not coming to visit Congressman Denham as well meaning constituents trying to have a discussion with their elected representative. They are there to try and create a conflict and media coverage against a member of Congress that outside-of-the-district liberal groups want to defeat in the next election.

“This is the rank media bias half of America hates.

“They had every right to attempt their media stunt – but you should have identified the sources of money behind this group (as you no doubt would have vigorously done for a pro-free enterprise group).  Denham is an excellent Congressman who is so attentive to his constituents that he regularly gets re-elected in a seat with a majority of Democrat voters – I am sure without the one local activist from Manteca they offered up to you to front for their escapade.”

Andal provides a CARA board list.

I take Andal’s point.

While I screen out falsehoods from blog items — and do baseline due diligence — no one should expect me to research these items in the same multi-interview depth I put into columns. There is no time. Blog items are sketches, newsy items and off-the-cuff opinions which I often research and refine into columns.

I’m always open to counter-opinion. But I do have a right to express mine, and letting that partisan piece in was my way of endorsing the criticism of the assault by Denham and other Republicans on Americans’ health care. If the GOP bill he supported had become law, congressional analysts estimate that 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026, including 14 million by next year.

And Republicans who want to scrap Obamacare have often ducked constituents and town halls. That’s what made Denham vulnerable to the Dem stunt. If his people had let the visitors in, heard them out and said “thank you” for the cupcakes, there’d have been no story.

As for Denham’s bipartisan popularity, ahem. In the last general election, the congressman just edged a victory over Democratic challenger Michael Eggman by 50.79% to 49.21%.

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