2014-05-08 / Front Page

McClintock looking to face Gerlach in November

By Greg Knight | Associate Editor

Rep. Tom McClintock spoke before a packed house at the Mariposa Senior Activity Center on May 10 during an endorsement stop for District 3 supervisor candidate Ronika Johnson. (Greg Knight | The GAZETTE)Rep. Tom McClintock spoke before a packed house at the Mariposa Senior Activity Center on May 10 during an endorsement stop for District 3 supervisor candidate Ronika Johnson. (Greg Knight | The GAZETTE)Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:30 a.m. - As a candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Tom McClintock, Placer County resident Jeff Gerlach is quite possibly the most nameless and faceless hopeful to seek election in this year’s primary contest—though he is absolutely on the radar of McClintock’s re-election team.

During a stop in Mariposa on Saturday, May 10 to endorse District 3 supervisor candidate Ronika Johnson, McClintock explained the reason behind his organization’s hard look at the Independent candidate.

“We’re concerned about Gerlach because he is a credible candidate,” McClintock said. “He has well-established positions on the issues that are important in this election and has credibility in speaking on them. Frankly, with (Art) Moore, once people realize that he has never voted in a single election, it’s over for him.”

Jeff Gerlach is the Independent candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Tom McClintock. (Jeff Gerlach | Contributed)Jeff Gerlach is the Independent candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Tom McClintock. (Jeff Gerlach | Contributed)Gerlach said he was taken aback at first by McClintock’s statement, though he welcomed the idea of spreading his platform far and wide against the veteran Congressman.

“I don’t know if that scares me or makes me happy,” Gerlach said. “There is a political machine going on there. I got into this to start a debate about topics the mainstream media is not talking about. To have Tom say that about me, at this point, is great because I have a 50/50 chance to get to the general (election) in a process that seems to only honor money.”

Read the entire story in the May 15 edition of the GAZETTE.

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When will we learn that the

When will we learn that the only way to vote is for the independent candidate rather than for one of the two machines.

As Vietnam Vet who spent 3.5

As Vietnam Vet who spent 3.5 years in Nam and 9 years active in the military I voted in every election. So why didn't Art? My son who is a Navy Seal for over 10 years and gone on numerous deployments has also voted in every election. What does this say about Art? Doesn't pass the smell test in my book.

This should definitely be a

This should definitely be a race between Tom McClintock and Jeff Gerlach. Both of these men have been up front and honest about their positions and ideas. The other guy, Art Moore, is a sneaky double dealer who is working with the democrats to attack someone who he claims is in his same party. Moore has never voted and has no record to point to. He also hasn't denied trying to convince Jeff Gerlach not to run. This shows that he didn't want to debate ideas, but wanted to play games with the new open primary. The Democrats took his deal, but Jeff Gerlach had integrity and stayed in the race. Hats off to Jeff Gerlach. I hope this is a Gerlach/McClintock general election so that we can have an election about ideas.

McClintock is either very

McClintock is either very ignorant or he thinks we are. There has been a long tradition that expected that professional military would not vote. This commitment goes back to Sherman, and it includes Marshall, Eisenhower, and Petraeus. At West Point in 2002, two highly respected historians advocated that military officers not vote. Art Moore majored in Political Science at West Point and made his choice as a matter of principle and respected heritage.

Isn't THAT rich!? First

Isn't THAT rich!? First McClintock accused the Democrats of maneuvering (Republican) Art Moore into place as his primary opponent - and now McClintock HIMSELF is trying desperately to manipulate the completely NON-viable Gerlach as his "only" opponent. We may not see eye-to-eye on every issue, but Art Moore IS the guy who can take down McClintock and FINALLY give us a Congressional Representative who will represent the PEOPLE of CD04 and not just the fringe on the far right. Gerlach? Move along; there's nothing to see THERE...

I'd encourage people to look

I'd encourage people to look at Gerlach for themselves. I think McClintock wants him in there because he knows he'd be fighting against Art Moore's money. I'd guess McClintock feels pretty confident in his money's ability drown out Gerlach's voice. Until voter$ learn to look pa$t a candidate'$ ability to rai$e money, we'll be $tuck with the $ame broken $y$tem and the $ame broken option$ to fix it.

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