Ami Bera connects with people. He is smart, personable, has local support and recognition in Congressional District Three of California. He has made Dan Lungren’s ethical lapses and lack of response to the needs of his constituents the center piece of his campaign. It is not hard to tar Lungren with the brush of incompetence and dishonesty. All one has to do is state the facts.
Bera hits Lungren for "double dipping" in taxpayer money by accepting both a Congressional salary and a pension from the state. He also knocks Lungren for accepting a 25 percent pay raise just before leaving the attorney general’s office, which increased his annual pension.
Bera also frequently points out how Lungren has ignored the needs constituents of the 3rd Congressional District. Even though California has the third highest unemployment rating in the country, and the Sacramento area was one of the hardest hit regions during the housing crash and jobless recovery, Lungren voted against extending unemployment insurance, against raising the minimum wage, and against measures to increase hiring of teachers, firefighters and policemen. . . . Read the rest of this entry →