CA-42: Ron Shepston Fundraiser With Joe And Valerie Wilson In L.A. Tonight

Anyone in Los Angeles, I wanted to let you know about a very cool small dollar fundraiser going on tonight at 6:30pm. Joe and Valerie Wilson will be in Santa Monica in support of progressive blogger turned congressional candidate, Ron Shepston. Ron is running for the Democratic nomination to face corrupt Republican Gary Miller in California's 42nd district in the fall.

Ron's candidacy is a perfect example of a blogger putting his money where his "we should compete everywhere" mouth is. In 2006, Miller went unopposed in a district that Bush won with 62% of the vote in 2004  even as he was under investigation by the FBI for shady land deals. So Shepston jumped in (read his dailykos candidacy announcement) and now finds himself potentially running against an ethically-challenged incumbent in a district that is just as red as MS-01 where Democrat Travis Childers recently won a special election in a year where Democratic turnout is going to be astronomical.

But he has to win the nomination first, which is where tonight's fundraiser comes in. It's a good thing, of course, that Miller has three potential challengers this year whereas he had zero last cycle, but having met Ron and knowing that his candidacy is of, by and for the grassroots and netroots, I felt absolutely no reservations about pledging $50 to his candidacy tonight to attend what should be a great event. Ron is the absolute right man for this job. It's great to see that Joe and Valerie Wilson feel the same way about Ron that I do.

If you are in the area and can make it tonight, details and how to RSVP can be found at the event's Facebook page. But if you can't, that shouldn't prevent you from donating to Ron's campaign over at ActBlue.

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Want to Meet Joe Wilson and Ron Shepston in Los Angeles?

Despite the unwillingness of our Democratic Congress (Rep. Wexler notwithstanding) to do their Constitutional duty to hold the criminals in the Bush Administration accountable for their actions, the major sacrifices made by and injuries done to Valerie Plame, Joe Wilson and their colleagues and associates will not soon be forgotten by those of us who care deeply about our country.  This nation owes them a debt of gratitude for their service and their willingness to tell the truth in spite of incredible hostility and pressure from a corrupt and utterly immoral White House and its cronies.

Those progressive patriots of you who live in the Southern California area will have the opportunity to meet Joe Wilson himself at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:30pm for the equally courageous Netroots candidate Ron Shepston.  I'll be there as well, for what that's worth!

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CA-42: Isn't It Time We Get Represented for Once?

(Originally posted at The Liberal OC, Southern California's progressive blog)

I don't know how many of you have been following the many messes down here in Southern California when it comes to our CReepy Congresscritters, but I can guarantee you that this has become one giant mess for all of us to deal with. And in particular, there's a scourge on the 42nd District by the name of Gary Miller. He's been repeatedly caught red-handed funneling our tax dollars to his wealthy patrons, seeking out more of our tax dollars to enrich himself, and basically behaving like an all-around crook when he's supposed to be doing the people's business.

But hey, not all has gone wrong down here in Southern California. In fact, there's someone who's stepping up to the plate to get rid of Gary Miller and all his dirty, creepy corruption. Follow me after the flip for more...

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CA-42: The Lay of the Land

It's great that the netroots candidacy of Ron Shepston for Congress is getting so much attention.  His race against the unfathomably corruptGary Miller represents a progressive hope and a decided alternative, and people are so excited that, at press time, he's raised over $5,300 dollars through ActBlue in just a couple days.

Superlative.  Outstanding.  Fantastic.

Now let's really look at what he's getting into.  The campaign has asked me to contribute a guest column to the rollout providing the lay of the land.  We'll start with the bad news and move slowly into the good.

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CA-42: I'm managing a netroots U.S. House campaign

Blogging is largely about talking the talk - and that's important.  This diary is about walking the walk.

A few months ago, another member of this community and I made a pair of expensive decisions -- decisions to do what we felt we were obligated to do as patriotic Americans.  He -- the good-looking, likable, established-in-the-community one -- decided to run for Congress if I would manage his campaign full-time.  And I agreed to manage his campaign (at a steep discount from standard "Democratic consultant" rates) if it would be more than a token run.

A brain trust of Southern Californian bloggers - people like thereisnospoon, hekebolos, Shockwave, OrangeClouds115, occams hatchet, dday, atdleft, vernonlee, honorary Californian clammyc, and many others - were there at the beginning and have provided support and sage advice since.  Others have joined the train since then.  Tomorrow at 9 a.m. PDT, with the announcement of the name and handle of the nominee, the train leaves the station.

We want you on that train with us.  We're ready to crash that train right through the gates of Congress - and you know that that means we're going to make a lot of noise.

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