Congressman Tom McClintock (CA-4) has a challenger in the June 4 open primary. In my “ideal world” the viable candidate would be a progressive, or even a moderate democrat, but for now I’m pleased that we have a choice.
Art Moore is a lifelong resident of Placer County, a West Point graduate with a degree in Political Science, a military officer with 14 years of service in Baghdad and other war zones and experience in counter-intelligence for Deloitte.
Moore is a Republican and primarily conservative, but he believes abortion decisions are best left to women and their doctors, that same sex couples should be able to marry and that climate change is a real phenomenon.
McClintock’s campaign is filling mailboxes with full-color fliers stating Art Moore has never voted or been registered to vote.
Moore’s explanation stems from the old school philosophy that military service members should remain apolitical so that their actions and advice to government officials remain untainted by partisan beliefs.
Moore isn’t perfect, but he’s the only chance we have to end McClintock’s run as a carpet-bagging career politician who’s been summarily ineffective, impractical and uncaring.
McClintock’s hypocrisy is blatant. He spends his time in D.C. railing against the government and refusing federal funds for this district, while willingly accepting a $174,000 annual salary from taxpayers plus a pension every year.
As a journalist, former politician and 20-year resident of this district, I’ve had the opportunity not only to interview McClintock and get some face time with him, but to monitor his votes in Congress and note his relative inaction and ineffectiveness.
In this less than perfect world and far from perfect political system, it’s time to give Art Moore a chance to do better for us.
Mary Beth Ingalls