CA-04: Charlie Brown Concedes

This is a heart-breaker. Via e-mail from Charlie Brown, Democratic candidate in CA-04:

Thanks to the extraordinary work of our local elections officials, I am pleased to report that the high standards of fairness, accuracy, and transparency have been met.  And with the counts and recounts across district four complete, and more than 370,000 votes tallied, the outcome of this election is no longer in question.  Unfortunately, we've come up less than one half of one percent---just under 1,800 votes---short of victory.  

So a short time ago, I called Senator Tom McClintock to congratulate him on a hard fought victory, and to wish him well in Congress.

To you, I can only offer my deepest gratitude-for your generosity of time and resources, and your unwavering energy and encouragement.  Together, we have transformed the 4 th District, and lifted this campaign higher and farther than anyone thought possible.

Charlie's a class act and really has always had an uphill battle in this district, which has a PVI of R+11, especially once Doolittle withdrew from a re-election bid. My uncle who lives there assured me there was no way this seat would go Democratic and Charlie almost proved him wrong.

Dave Dayen at calitics sums the race up:

Charlie fought a very good fight, actually becoming a point person for veteran's issues around the country and leading by example with his Promises Kept Challenge, donating 5% of his campaign contributions to organizations serving veterans and their families.  And he showed through two cycles that the supposedly hopeless 4th District is more than winnable to the right candidate.

What makes this an even more bitter defeat is that this race was our last hope at turning a red seat blue here in CA. Last cycle we defeated Pombo and despite having several solid candidates in bluing districts this cycle and despite having a presidential candidate at the top of the ticket who won 61% of the vote statewide, we were unable to convert a single seat. Ah the ole incumbency protection racket at work. Suffice it to say that for us here in California, Prop 8 isn't the only result inspiring some soul searching and some blame laying. As much as we've accomplished here in the last, really, just 3 years, it's clear how much more work there is still to be done.

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Re: CA-04: Charlie Brown Concedes

Did Obama camapign for him or was he Jimmartined?

by KnoxVow 2008-12-03 02:56PM | 0 recs
Re: CA-04: Charlie Brown Concedes

Seeing as how the election was on November 4, I don't believe Obama had time to campaign for one  single congressional candidate.

by Skaje 2008-12-03 03:26PM | 0 recs
Re: CA-04: Charlie Brown Concedes

Didn't Obama also lose this district as well by a DECENT margin?

In other words, wouldn't it be more of a negative for Obama to campaign for Brown, that to leave it alone as he did?

Remember, he did crack radio ads for Darcy and Seals before the general, those were districts he did carry.

Oh yeah, and Remember IL-14? Nice scientist guy? Special election last Feb? Obama TV ad to the rescue and win.

Remember, Obama has cut radio ads for Martin and for Caramouche whos run off is this Sat. Would you like Obama to show up and campaign in areas that he lost pretty decisively? Not every part of the country loves him, such as the parts of Georgia outside of Atlanta or Shreveport, Louisiana. Y'know, where the run offs are.

I voted for Obama in the primary due to what I believed was a stronger effort to reach down ticket and he's done enough where it was due.

To be fair, I was surprised and VERY happy when Hillary cut an ad for Franken in MN.

by Trowaman 2008-12-03 03:33PM | 0 recs
Why do you call me a troll?

Pot calling the kettle black.I stated the obvious.Obama did not campaign for him.

Why didn't Obama campaign in Georgia?

I voted for Obama but I am not happy with the choices he has been making.He has only been looking out for himself.

by KnoxVow 2008-12-03 04:09PM | 0 recs
Re: CA-04: Charlie Brown Concedes

This is heart-breaking. And McClintock's former state Senate seat was similarly very narrowly won by the awful Tony Strickland over Hannah Beth Jackson. Coincidence?

by LakersFan 2008-12-03 03:13PM | 0 recs
Re: CA-04: Charlie Brown Concedes

CA-04 is Placer County & the Sierra Foothills, right?

by Charles Lemos 2008-12-03 04:18PM | 0 recs
Re: CA-04: Charlie Brown Concedes

Any hope of a more favorable redistrict in 2012?  Defense in a mid-term can be a challenge, too.

by NM Ward Chair 2008-12-03 05:13PM | 0 recs
Re: CA-04: Charlie Brown Concedes

  It would be possible for a better district to be created for the 2012 cycle. Somebody suggested that if Chico were in the district that would help (large college town). CA-04 is one of the most GOPish districts in CA; a lot of why it was competitive the last two times is because of the quality of our candidate, Charlie Brown, and the negatives of the Repubs. If Doo ran in 2008 I think Charlie would have won; Tom's carpetbagging was a lesser offense than Doo's corruption.
   Considering the traditional rivalry between Northern and Southern CA it is strange that two southerners represent CA-03 and CA-04. Dan Lungren was a Representative from Long Beach (that's in L.A. County) before becoming AG and moving north to Sacramento, and of course McClintock is from Ventura County.

  One of the other close elections in CA was for Prop 11, which creates a redistricting commission, but that is only for the state legislature. Congressional districts will still be drawn by the lege, which will have a large Democratic majority. If we get a Democratic Governor (and we damn well better get one) it will be very possible to squeeze out a few more Democratic House districts. It will be easier to get rid of Lungren than McClintock, I think. There is more potential in SoCal, with the Inland Empire already getting closer to us. I want to get rid of "Crazy Dana" Rohrabacher and also there is no need to have Calvert stinking up our state's delegation. Maybe as many as a half dozen Repubs could be made to disappear...

by Zack from the SFV 2008-12-03 08:23PM | 0 recs
The Netroots and Redrawing Districts

We need to be organized for when the districts are redrawn after the 2010 Census.  

We need to push the message that while there's nothing wrong with safe Democratic districts, there's such a thing as TOO safe - that anything beyond about D+15 PVI is a waste of Dem votes, since no Republican holds a seat that's more Democratic than D+7.

In California, we have CDs with PVIs of D+38, D+36, D+36, D+33, D+30, D+27, D+25, and five more of D+20 or more.  We need to be ready to lean on a Dem legislature to redraw the districts to spread some of those Dem votes around, so that some of those R+5 or R+7 districts become D+2 or R+1 - something competitive.

by RT 2008-12-04 12:21AM | 0 recs


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