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Jackie Speier's retirement fuels speculation about Democratic successor

Original post made on Nov 17, 2021

Speier's announcement that she will not seek another term in Congress has created a rare political opportunity for elected officials throughout her district, who rarely get a chance to run for an open seat.

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Posted by Hinrich
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 17, 2021 at 9:50 am

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I hope the citizens get a choice and that this is not, as it always is with our state’s one-party rule, a matter of the party promoting their next favorite up the ladder. I also hope the candidate is not another one-issue, hyper-liberal who is selected more for the color of their skin, their ethnicity, their gender (all of which are illegal in hiring but apparently ok when you have a social agenda). I hope the next person has actual real world skills and real work experience and a genuine dedication to making California better in the things we need the most - better planning, better housing, better transportation, and fewer wildfires, water shortages, etc. A candidate dedicated to working for us - not some ideologue or activist with a vision of utopia. If we actually voted anyone out of office ever in this state (instead of constantly endorsing the Democrats grip on the state) Spier retiring wouldn’t be a ‘..once in a lifetime event’ for all of the power hungry politicians waiting on the machine’s bread line. Let’s get someone good this time.


Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 17, 2021 at 10:36 am

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Can't say it much better than Hinrich just did. Happy that she is done. Now if Anna Eshoo would follow suit .....


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 17, 2021 at 10:44 am

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I agree with the 2 posters above and hope neither Berman nor Becker run for this seat since neither can "wrap <his> mind" around tough issues like housing and weasel out of giving honest statements of their positions to constituents who take their time to hear them out.

As for Becker's support of climate legislation, I'm still waiting to hear how densification is going to solve our problems with the drought.


Posted by Peers Parent
a resident of Southgate
on Nov 17, 2021 at 11:24 am

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Wow. A legendary woman is stepping down from Congress and this paper interviewed 5 white men about what they thought and who might succeed her. And people wonder why representation matters and why we might care if a woman or person of color had a seat at the table and a voice in decisions.
We still have so much work to do.


Posted by Rebecca Eisenberg
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 17, 2021 at 11:32 am

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I will be sad to see Jackie Spier go.

There are far too few women in the House of Representatives. We MUST replace her with another woman, ideally a woman of color. I am dismayed that the two named potentials are white men. (I'm also dismayed that one of them claims to be an environmentalist but recently hosted a fundraiser that offered only plastic bottles for water, and provided no tap water to fill water bottles with. All goody bag items were also plastic, including plastic-wrapped cookies and plastic small ecologically unsound hand sanitizers. Candidates and leaders must live their values or their words are empty.)

Plus, most recent studies have confirmed that white men running for Democratic seats do worse than diverse candidates. This was known even before Virginia's expected failure.

Representation *does* matter. We must stop moving in the wrong direction.


Posted by Emerson Railroad
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 17, 2021 at 12:09 pm

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I was personally dismayed to read the comments from readers Hinrich and What Will They Do Next. I believe that the people of the Peninsula have been very well served by Congresswomen Speier and Eshoo. They have worked hard and effectively in the interests of residents of all stripes and demonstrate deep commitment to advancing the common good. In an era where one of our major political parties has abdicated all responsibility for governing and instead has become a cult of personality in a quest for nothing but raw power, being served by public officials who actually work for their constituents and value basic human decency and dignity is indeed a treasure. I have admired Congresswoman Speier since learning of her work and personal sacrifice to expose an earlier destructive cult, which foreshadowed the drive toward truth and justice that she has brought to her elected positions. And I believe Congresswoman Eshoo shares those same motivations. Ed DeMeo, Midtown.


Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 17, 2021 at 12:14 pm

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Color and sex should have nothing to do with replacing Speier (notice I left out "legendary"). There's that "equity" thing raising it's head again. Get someone who's qualified. Period.


Posted by Hinrich
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 17, 2021 at 1:46 pm

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There is nothing in the Constitution allocating votes by gender, or race. Whoever represents us should be able to act for every one. There is a Black caucus, a woman’s caucus, etc. There are no Black issues, no women’s issues. There are only issues that should be pursued if they are in the best interests of a better and more just society. Otherwise, we get politicians playing to one side and playing one side against the other. There are inner city issues, poverty issues, employment issues- there are no color issues. There are no woman’s issues or National issues that demand a seat in the government be of a specific gender. If we demand this, how many seats go to men, how many to women, how many to gender non-specific, how many to binary whatever? How many Irish trans, how many Haitian gay should we elect and how long do they have to self-identify to qualify? What we need - and should insist on - are people who are capable and care about making the nation the best - not people who represent superficial symbols or narrow perspectives. It’s good that our government reflect our diversity but we have to reject talking about the black seat or the Hispanic seat of the woman seat. California politics has not produced much to be endorsed or emulated - I’ll leave it there - we should try not to keep committing the same mistakes.


Posted by Martha Dogood
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 17, 2021 at 3:57 pm

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It’s fascinating how the hardworking smart Americans, the “blue collar” and middle class, the strong family/work ethic hispanics, the independent thinking African Americans, are all gravitating towards the GOP.

The coastal elites, sitting in ridiculously “privileged” wealthy enclaves such as Palo Alto, will ultimately be out numbered. The current Dems are pushing a communist agenda riddled with antiAmerican racist ploys to divide Americans by race, gender, and various concocted victim pathologies. It’s so 1960s Weather Underground, SDS, Saul Alinsky - such old news garbage the commies try to push every generation in America going back to at least 1917.

“In an era where one of our major political parties has abdicated all responsibility for governing and instead has become a cult of personality in a quest for nothing but raw power.”

No sir, you are the ones that have abdicated all responsibility for governing. [Portion removed.]

Great job Dems!! Good way to destroy a culture and a country. Hopefully your cult will finally self destruct under the weight of its abject failures.


Posted by Online Name's mom
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 17, 2021 at 4:18 pm

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I don't get all the ad hominem hate? Becker and Mullin have both held true to what they ran on and generally I've seen them push for progressive policies on housing, transit, climate change and other problems in our district I feel people care about.

Maybe I'm just reading too hard into the PAOnline comment section...


Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 17, 2021 at 5:06 pm

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Thank You, Martha for stating what many are feeling. Even here in Palo Alto. People across the country are waking up and rejecting policies put in place by Democrats in this administration nationally and at the state level locally. Biden approval rating is at 38% and just a few hours ago in Iowa at 33%. The VP approval rating is even worse at 28%, an all time historic low. Senior democrat congressional members are announcing their retirements knowing that judgement day is around the corner and it's being predicted that there will be a major shift in power in both the House and Senate next year.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 17, 2021 at 7:24 pm

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The GOP showed itself proud today when the vast majority refused to condemn one of their own for distributing a video showing the murder of another Congressperson.

They couldn't even manage to show a no-brainer statement saying it's not nice to threaten to kill someone esp. with the rise in hate crimes, murders, arsons at houses of worship....

(Remember "Thou Shalt not Kill"?) What a fine example to set.


Posted by Feminist
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Nov 17, 2021 at 9:51 pm

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Dear Martha Dogood:
There are so many facts that you misrepresented in your opinion that one has no time to list them out.
I will only mention one.
Party of Lincoln is most certainly NOT the party of Trump. Please read up on the facts before you put the two in the same context.


Posted by Me
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 17, 2021 at 10:14 pm

Me is a registered user.

Maybe Tulsi Gabbard, former Hawaii congresswoman, now stationed in the army reserve unit in Mountain View since October 2020 will replace her. She is fantastic.


Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 18, 2021 at 9:44 am

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To Online Name ... kinda like when hardly any Democrat condemned the photo of so-called comedian Kathy Griffin holding the severed, bloody head of Donald Trump in a photo she posted. You must be very proud. You can insert your second paragraph and last sentence now.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 18, 2021 at 11:01 am

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Jackie represents a specific district. Mr. Berman is not in that district - he is in Anna's district. The Bay Area News keeps making that mistake. They keep saying Berman's name in relation to Menlo Park. That is worng - that would be Mr. Becker. Note that Newsome did not go to the Summit, Becker did. Maybe a set-up to give him some name recognition. But he has no experience.

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Posted by CalAveLocal
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Nov 18, 2021 at 11:16 am

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Kathy Griffin paid dearly for her actions. And there was condemnation, loud and public. She was fully investigated by the FBI.

Copy pasted:

Griffin retweeted the message and explained that she was “Fully investigated by 2 federal agencies: the Secret Service & the US Attorneys Office. Put on the No-Fly list & the Interpol list. Lost all work. Tour canceled due to threats of violence. 1A [First Amendment] legitimately violated by TFG [the federal government] & AG [Attorney General].”

“Oh, I forgot to mention, interrogated under oath at the conclusion of the weeks long investigation in which the Feds informed me and my attorneys they were considering charging me with a crime of ‘conspiracy to assassinate the president of the United States,'” she said.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 18, 2021 at 11:39 am

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Hey, Mom -- can you explain that death threats by anyone -- politicians, celebrities, GOP, Democrats -- are wrong and can incite the less rational among us?

Thanks. Keep it simple.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 18, 2021 at 3:33 pm

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Glad to see that this all will be accomplished by voters - not an appointment by the Governor. The district that Jackie represents will be by the voters. The voters here are looking for experienced representation - not new-comers. Mr. Becker is a newcomer with not a lot of experience. Many people with more experience in that district. People in that district are not going to be swayed by "opinions" on sexual orientation, color of skin, mandates about how many women in government, etc. Those criteria have not produced a knowledgable, experienced group of congressional leaders. That is a fairly rich district which will require knowledgable poeple on policies on taxation, cyber-security, banking policies, etc. Newcomers need not apply. California is a very complicated state and it needs people who will address those complications with solid, knowledgeable experience.


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