Who does David Dreier know that lives in Shawnee Mission, KS?

May 30, 2006 at 10:17 pm | In CA-26, money | 2 Comments

Which zip codes donated the most money to Dreier and Warner? OpenSecrets.org has the answer:

David Dreier (R)*

66208 (Shawnee Mission, KS ) $16,800
20003 (Washington, DC ) $12,402
94010 (Burlingame, CA ) $11,400
91108 (San Marino, CA ) $10,749
94111 (San Francisco, CA ) $10,400
91006 (Arcadia, CA ) $10,250
90024 (Los Angeles, CA ) $9,450
94028 (Portola Valley, CA ) $9,000
91105 (Pasadena, CA ) $8,675
94115 (San Francisco, CA ) $8,400

Russell Warner (D)

91737 (Rancho Cucamonga, CA ) $8,850
64014 (Blue Springs, MO ) $4,200
91011 (La Canada Flintridge, CA ) $2,700
90601 (Whittier, CA ) $2,100
91711 (Claremont, CA ) $2,100
97524 (Eagle Point, OR ) $2,000
95020 (Gilroy, CA ) $1,500
92677 (Laguna Niguel, CA ) $1,200
91423 (Sherman Oaks, CA ) $800
91024 (Sierra Madre, CA ) $700

With graphs:

Candidate In State Out of State No State
David Dreier (R)* $325,724 $151,118 $0
68% 32%
Russell Warner (D) $26,400 $5,200 $0
84% 17%

Quick Run-Down on the 26th

May 29, 2006 at 1:26 am | In CA-26 | Comments Off on Quick Run-Down on the 26th

From the Southern California News:

Sebastian “Sonny” Sardo is one of two Republicans who hope to beat Dreier in next month’s primary. Sardo lives outside of the 26th District but owns an interior design business in La Canada-Flintridge, which is within the boundaries.

Sardo, 56, stated the main issue of his campaign is illegal immigration, saying it affects nearly every aspect of his district.

He said the government needs to close the border to illegal immigrants.

“If you told anyone on Sept. 10, 2001, that we would ground every plane in America on Sept. 11, no one would have believed it,” said Sardo, who has raised $29,000. “Heaven forbid a suitcase bomb comes across the border. Suddenly there wouldn’t be one illegal getting across the border. We have the national might. We don’t have the national will.”

The other Republican candidate in the race, Melvin “Mel” Milton, has raised no money. He too is campaigning on stricter border enforcement.

A 63-year-old aircraft mechanic from Walnut, Milton walks the district every night after he returns home from work.

“I get the occasional door-slammer; it’s sort of discouraging,” Milton said. “But the next lady will be really nice so I just keep going.”

In 2004, Dreier won the election with 54 percent of the vote — the narrowest win by any incumbent member of Congress from California.

His Democrat opponent in that 2004 election, Cynthia Matthews, is running again.

“I was the Democrat who got the closest out of anyone who ran against him in the past 26 years,” said Matthews, 42, of Upland. “I’m here to finish the job.”

As of March 31, she had raised $516 but had nearly $29,000 in the bank, according to federal campaign finance documents.

Democrat Hoyt Hilsman, a screenwriter, freelance journalist and college professor, said he considers himself the stealth candidate in the 26th District race.

In order to beat Dreier, Hilsman, 57, of San Marino, first must win next month against Matthews and the race’s other Democrat, Russ Warner. Warner, who owns a magazine-distribution business, by March 31 had raised the most of any of his opponents besides Dreier, taking in nearly $170,000. Dreier had raised nearly $1.2 million.

Warner, who has never run for office, got the idea after a long heart-to-heart talk with his son, who had returned from a 17-month stint with the Army in Iraq.

“It’s been a blast,” Warner, 56, from Rancho Cucamonga, said about campaigning.

Elliott Graham, an American Independent Party candidate from Glendale, and Ted Brown, a Libertarian candidate from San Gabriel, also are running in the 26th District race.

Update on who’s running

May 25, 2006 at 11:34 am | In CA-26, David Dreier, politics, Russ Warner | 5 Comments

Alright, so the DCCC website doesn’t list Cynthia, but does list someone named Hoyt Hillsman. Is this person running? Doubtful.

I think I’ve found the definitive answer on who’s actually running, from opensecrets.org:

David Dreier (R) *
Russell Warner (D)
S. Sonny Sardo (R)
Cynthia Matthews (D)
Melvin C. (Mel) Milton (R)
Elliot Graham (3)
Hoyt Hillsman (D)
Ted Brown (L)

In 2004, Cynthia Matthews raised $55,000, so already Russ Warner has tripled that. Dreier has already raised about the same as in 2004.

Finally, that page says the primary is Tuesday, June 6, 2006. And I’m going to be in Claremont by then. Cool!

Always check Wikipedia

May 25, 2006 at 11:30 am | In CA-26 | Comments Off on Always check Wikipedia

Well, according to the Wikipedia entry on David Dreier, Russ Warner isn’t the only Democratic challenger in CA-26. Cynthia Matthews, who garnered an impressive 43% to Dreier’s 55% in 2004, seems to be running too, or at least, that’s what her terrible website led me to believe.

Back before firedoglake was firedoglake, she had a great write-up of the campaign on Daily Kos. Outrage over immigration was a major issue in 2004, and is sure to be in 2006.
43% is spectular, considering how much Dreier outspent her, and also considering this: Rep. David Dreier’s challenger says she’s a lesbian, and blasts Dreier’s gay positions

So anyone know if Cynthia is running? And anyone want to help her make a more attractive website?

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