McClintock, now Gaines, represents us by living outside our district

Congressman Tom McClintock, who represents Truckee and previously our western county, lives in Elk Grove. (Maybe that explains why he keeps calling our region the “Sierras,” not the “Sierra.”)

Now our 1st Senate district representative Ted Gaines has followed in McClintock’s footsteps. We received an email newsletter earlier this week that Gaines was moving out of the district, from Rocklin to Roseville.

The Sacramento Bee has written an article about it. Good for them.

“State Sen. Ted Gaines is going home but leaving his 1st Senate District constituents behind, at least temporarily.

“Gaines recently told recipients of his district’s email newsletter that he and his family are leaving Rocklin after deciding to ‘temporarily move back into our long-time home in Roseville.’

“The Gaineses had moved to Rocklin following the state’s August 2011 political remap so Gaines could run for re-election in the new 1st Senate District, which includes Rocklin but not Roseville. Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, the senator’s wife, represents the 6th Assembly District, which covers both cities.

“It might not be the best thing to do politically, but it’s not illegal,” (an election-law expert) said in an email.”

The rest of the article is here.

A list of our representatives is here.

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22 Responses to McClintock, now Gaines, represents us by living outside our district

  1. Tom Grundy says:

    > We received a email newsletter

    AN email newsletter.

    The point being: please stop picking on the ‘s’ on the end of Sierra, or other typos or word misuse. I don’t think it’s a sign of his political leanings. Using typos and repeated misplacement of the letter ‘s’, in something that’s not necessarily common knowledge to everyone that lives here anyway, as a point of debate or ammunition is unbecoming, elitist, off-topic, irrelevant, embarrassing, and self-deprecating. The fact that it’s been a hot button on this blog for a while now only reinforces the above.

    There are plenty of legitimate reasons that these ‘politicians’ aren’t doing any good to the people they represent. The only good they do is to the corporations they represent. Now THAT’s embarrassing, but at least they get a secure job and a shiny new house and car (or two or three) out of it.

    It IS a sign that he’s never looked in to the story of where we live in any sort of detail, and if he has, that wordsmithing is just not a priority for him. That fact doesn’t necessarily set him apart from others who live here.

  2. jeffpelline says:

    In fact, Tom there’s a big difference between a typo “a” for “an” and repeatedly misstating “Sierras”. It’s inept and a sign of ignorance, since he is our Congressman, just like it’s inept for The Union to say that “Nevada City was decimated by a fire,” leaving out the word “home.” I wonder if you should take a rest from this elitist blog for a while. It gets you awfully heated. Happy New Year!

    • Tom Grundy says:

      Just making observations. Sorry to have hit a sore spot. I miss those days of being accused of having another claim reunion – that was good comedy, even if we couldn’t figure out exactly what you meant.

      Have you taken a poll of your friends and neighbors and locals that you don’t know and local politicians to see if anyone else calls the range the ‘Sierras’? Have you tried informing them that they too are inept and ignorant?

      PS glad to see you corrected the typo. Happy New Year to you too!

  3. curtiswalker says:

    Frankly, I cannot for the life of me, figure out why anyone with even a room temperature IQ would vote for a representative who does NOT live in the district the allegedly represent.

    • Tom Grundy says:

      Maybe they are measuring room temp in Centigrade?

      Seems like a straightforward case of follow-the-money; the Republicans / Tea Partiers etc seem to have mastered that a lot or skillfully than anyone progressive. It’s generally not a nice thing to do, so there are slightly more progressives that have qualms about that than Republicans.

      Step one: say something that agrees with the worldview of the people you want to manipulate.
      Step two: since they are now more likely to accept whatever you say without giving it any critical thought, they are more likely to vote for you and to agree with your policies.
      Step three: accept dark money kickbacks from Koch etc in the form of untraceable campaign contributions, new houses, new cars, etc.). Step four: wash, rinse, repeat.

      That’s hardly a new theory. But it will fit on the back of a shampoo bottle.

  4. jeffpelline says:

    Curtis,
    Just lousy representation in a small, rural county. And some folks are apologists for it, so it continues.

  5. jeffpelline says:

    Tom,
    You didn’t hit a sore spot. You reminded me why mediocracy reins supreme in our western county. Your “No child left behind” mindset when it comes to politics is one big reason for it. Happy New Year!

  6. steve cottrell says:

    Insofar as federal offices go, it seems all the Constitution requires is that a candidate for the House or Senate shall “when elected, be an inhabitant of that state for which he shall be chosen.”

    That means I can sit here in Florida and run for Congress to represent Nevada County. And if a miracle occurs, and I win, all I need to do is move back to Nevada City before the election results are certified.

    But wait –– maybe I wouldn’t actually have to move back to Nevada City? For six years, Congresswoman Mary Bono claimed residency in Palm Springs while she was married to Congressman Connie Mack, who lives here in Florida.

    Residency laws for federal offices are weaker than the watered-down “stadium beer” they sell at AT&T Park.

    • Ben Emery says:

      US House Of Representatives Qualifications
      Article I Section II

      “No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen”

      • steve cottrell says:

        Ben:

        So for six years, did Mary Bono “inhabit” California or Florida?

        And she wasn’t the first to seemingly live in two places at once. In 2000, Dick Cheney changed his place of “inhabitation” and voter registration from Florida to Wyoming, because the president and vice president can not both be from the same state. Then he and Bush both continued to live in Texas.

        Like I said, the law is pretty meaningless at this point.

  7. jeffpelline says:

    No, Tom, you would be slain if I said you might be less of an activist than you think. More squishy. That’s good, but it keeps our community stuck in neutral a lot of the time. Happy New Year.

    • Tom Grundy says:

      Ok, now can I be slain? This is fun.

      I prefer ‘spongy’, but ‘squishy’ will do. Interesting, since the only form of activism I’ve tried in the last several years is commuting by bike whenever possible.

      A bit off topic, no? Let’s review the sequence of events:

      1) I post what was meant to be constructive criticism of the beating of the dead Sierras horse, with a request to ease off it since it doesn’t strike me as a very solid argument. If you thought my wording was too harsh, I apologize.

      2) you replied with a clear response, then throwing in some sarcasm and taunting at the end for whatever reason.

      3) it degrades to character assassination and personal attacks.

      Isn’t this the same sequence of events we’ve seen on some different blogs around here? Aren’t we on the same side here? Is it only the Right that eat their own?

      Alas, as this is your blog, and this is America, whatever you say goes, and your opportunity to stir the pot at all costs reigns supreme – a pretty nice comfort zone. It’s a bit disappointing – you bring up a lot of good points and post a lot of interesting material and there’s usually good civil discussion on here – and when the Right side chimes in, it’s usually a good opportunity to glean gems of talking points from the cards they choose to show. A disappointing discussion thread or two probably won’t change that, so, you’ll probably have to work harder than that to get rid of me, if you so choose. You can do better. Can’t we all? But, sigh, I understand that as blog author you are not allowed to show any signs of weakness, including observations of where you may be going overboard.

      A more preferred sequence might look like:

      1) same as above

      2) same as above, without off-topic sarcasm and taunting.

      3) the end – next topic.

      Moving on… ?

      • jeffpelline says:

        Tom,
        Why don’t you check out the new bike rack at Summer Thymes? It’s a cool one.

      • Tom Grundy says:

        I will! Last time I spoke with Amy about it a month or two back, they couldn’t fit it in the moving budget. Glad to hear of the change! We’re on the schedule for dinner there in a few weeks.

  8. steve cottrell says:

    Oops! I meant that Cheney changed his voter registration from Texas to Wyoming, not from Florida to Wyoming. Duh!

  9. Ben Emery says:

    Steve,
    I wasn’t disagreeing with you just giving the language of the qualifications. If McClintock could do it for 20 plus years in the California legislature I am sure it can be done in the federal government even easier. Tourist Tom didn’t consider Thousand Oaks home ( he resided Elk Grove) when he was in the state legislature as he didn’t reside in US Congressional District 4 California for the four years he served as our rep.

    An article from the past on McClintock in 2008
    http://www.vcstar.com/news/2008/may/07/mcclintocks-foe-making-residence-an-election/

  10. Ed Peritz says:

    At first glance, referring to the Sierra Mts. as the Sierras doesn’t seem to be a major fault. But consistently doing so when you are aware of the proper pronunciation– through personal investigation of the issue or having the issue pointed out to you by others, but ignoring their proper correction — seems to me to be simply a stubborn defiance and artful refusal to admit to being wrong; a possible personal short-coming of an ingrained streak of ignorance; or a determination to legitimize the improper pronunciation by repeated usage, similar to the mindset that endorses telling a lie over and over until the lie becomes accepted as the truth through this endless repetition.

    I wonder how well a person running for political office in the state of Illinois would do if they continually pronounced their state thusly: Ill-i- noise, instead of the proper. Ill-annoy. Doing so is harmful to one’s chances of winning an election in ole Abe Lincoln’s stomping grounds. I do not see any positive trait or purpose of endlessly and, probably, intentionally mispronouncing the physical territory one intends (or pretends) to represent intelligently in an elective body.

    • Eric Anderson says:

      Ex. Democrat Party vs. Democratic Party. The continual slur is intentional. They should be called on it at every opportunity. Call them Republics if they don’t seem to get it, then they will.

  11. reinette senum says:

    And as a former Nevada City Council member, if I had moved one foot outside of city boundaries I would have lost my seat on the council. Personally, I’m sick of the hypocrisy and double standards. Same thing with the Brown Act. This law that we must abided by on the local level does not apply to those who made the law in the first place…. and need them the most.

  12. Ben Emery says:

    Reinette,
    Exactly, that is why I said “If McClintock could do it for 20 plus years in the California legislature I am sure it can be done in the federal government even easier.” The further away from the people our elected officials get the more the rules/ laws become suggestions.

    I don’t think most people know what the Brown Act. I brought it up years ago and I got deer in headlights gaze in return.

  13. jeffpelline says:

    Reinette,
    I’m sick of it too. Thanks for speaking out and being a true activist. We may not agree on all political issues, but we sure were happy to help out your efforts with the emergency warming shelter (donating sleeping mats) and have supported your efforts on the boardwalk and, of course, the farmers market. Your unabashed leadership on many constructive fronts is much appreciated. Not much changes around here and a lot of initiatives are driven by pure self interest, but you are moving the community forward in tangible ways. “Katie bar the door”! as my mother used to say. Happy New Year!

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