Jeff Denham Wants to Hear From You. No, Really.
Representative Jeff Denham is facing another strong challenge to his Congressional seat in the Central Valley this year. As well he should. After winning the seat in 2010 by passing himself off as a moderate, Denham proceeded to swing hard to the right in the House. One of the ways he did this was by opposing the high speed rail project to curry favor with national conservative donors, even though this came at the cost of thousands of jobs in his own district.
Even though the high speed rail line’s first phase won’t reach Stanislaus County, the center of Denham’s district, it will get very close when it reaches Merced. Construction could begin on that segment very soon, if more federal money were delivered to the project. And Stanislaus County construction workers would be very competitive for those jobs just a few miles down Highway 99. With an unemployment rate of 11.9%, Stanislaus County, like the Valley as a whole, needs as many jobs as it can get.
Yet Denham persists in attacking the HSR project and undermining the economic health and future of his constituents in the process. Denham is trying to rally support online for this attack by holding a Twitter town hall today on high speed rail. It’s open to all, so it’s a perfect opportunity to demand Denham explain why he opposes jobs for the Valley, clean air for the Valley, and carbon reduction for the state as a whole.
Participating is simple. Starting at noon, tweet at @RepJeffDenham with the hashtag #CAHSR. Include a question, a comment, or a well-crafted burn. It’s up to you. I’ll post some of the best questions here, and include Denham’s replies, which will likely be evasive or dismissive of his constituents’ economic and environmental needs.