I Endorse Democrat Cynthia Matthews For Congress In California’s 26th District
Earlier this year, I endorsed Democrat John Tanner for Congress in TN because his opponent was a nutjob, racist, crank. Well, what you’re about to read inspired me to endorse my second Democrat for Congress this year…
“In a complaint to the Federal Elections Commission, the National Republican Campaign Committee accused radio station KFI-AM (640) co-hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of “criminal behavior” for attacking Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, and endorsing his Democratic opponent, Cynthia Matthews.
By criticizing Dreier’s positions on immigration, promoting a “Fire Dreier” campaign and making on-air appeals for voters to elect Matthews, the NRCC said, the hosts gave Matthews an unlawful corporate, in-kind contribution of more than $25,000.
“This behavior is illegal and must be appropriately punished,” the NRCC charged, noting violation of the law carries a penalty of fines and jail time.
….Campaign finance experts, however, said election law explicitly allows the media to make editorial comments — whether it’s Rush Limbaugh endorsing President George W. Bush, Al Franken backing Sen. John Kerry, or John and Ken pushing for Matthews.
Meanwhile, Kobylt and Chiampou are having a field day with the threat.
…Kobylt said he believes the NRCC wanted to “spook” KFI’s owner, Clear Channel Communications, into “shutting us up” before Election Day.
“Clear Channel is perceived as a Republican company,” Kobylt said. “They (the NRCC) might have thought between the corporate bias and the lawyer factor they’d get us to shut up.”
He went on to note that his show was equally active in promoting the recall of former California Gov. Gray Davis and the election of Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. Dreier co-chaired Schwarzenegger’s campaign.
“Congressman Dreier was on our show often and never complained” that the station was making an illegal campaign contribution, Kobylt said.
Dreier did not join the NRCC in filing the complaint, nor is he a direct party to it.
NRCC spokesman Bo Harmon refused to comment on the complaint. Dreier spokesman Jo Maney also did not respond to requests for comment.
Republican political consultant Allan Hoffenblum said he has little doubt Dreier will easily win a 13th term in office on Tuesday, despite the radio campaign against him.
“Why do they even bring attention to it?” Hoffenblum wondered.”
Here we have the National Republican Campaign Committee trampling on the First Amendment and trying to censor two radio hosts simply because those hosts aren’t supporting “their guy”. But, I don’t just hold the Republican Campaign Committee responsible for this because there’s absolutely no way that they would have done this had David Dreier opposed it.
That’s ridiculous, reprehensible, and it deserves to be punished.
So I endorse Democrat Cynthia Matthews for his seat. Taking that chump Dreier down would be the best way not just to send a message about the importance of the First Amendment, but to fire a shot across the bow of Republicans who are selling out America by supporting illegal immigration.
Sure, Matthews is a Democrat and she may be no prize, but the GOP is going to retain Congress with or without Dreier, so he’s an expendable RINO as far as I’m concerned. So, if you know of anyone who lives in the 26th District in California, I hope you’ll consider urging them to vote against David Dreier.