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David Dreier (R-San Dimas) announces he will not seek reelection. (Rules committee chairman)
The Daily Bulletin ^ | 02/29/2012 | Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer

Posted on 02/29/2012 3:01:53 PM PST by Smogger

Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, announced today he will not seek reelection

The rules committee chairman made the announcement on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"Mr. Speaker, I have chosen to leave Congress at the end of this term," Dreier said. "I take the unusual step of announcing this from the floor of Congress for two reasons. First, this is where my fellow Californians sent me to represent them. Second, I am a proud institutionalist, and I believe that this institution is as great as it has ever been."

Dreier currently represents the 26th District, which has its local office in San Dimas and extends west beyond Pasadena from La Crescenta and La Canada Flintridge, east to Upland and Rancho Cucamonga.

After redistricting, Dreier's home office is now in a less favorable 32nd District with a majority of voters registered as Democrats. The new district is bordered by Duarte in the North, El Monte in the West, Industry in the south, and La Verne to the East.

"It has been an amazing honor to represent you, the people of the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire," Dreier said. "I feel I should give someone else a chance. I was 25 years old when I won the nomination. I've been doing this a long time. I am now 59 ... There are other things I want to do."

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KEYWORDS: 26thdistrict; 32nddistrict; daviddreier; daviddrier; dreier; goodriddance; noloss; redistricting
This along with Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands) really hurt California's mostly inland Republican Congressional delegation. These were the two longest serving members. The Democrats gaming of California redistricting is nearly complete. I hope other states with majority Republicans drawing the boundaries are gerrymandering the Hell out their Districts, because there are going to be significant losses in California.
1 posted on 02/29/2012 3:02:01 PM PST by Smogger
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To: Smogger

rules committee chairman..........like the Maytag repair guy.....no one in DC has any balls to enforce any laws or back the Constitution.....so the need isn’t there.


2 posted on 02/29/2012 3:05:06 PM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Smogger

An articulate voice for conservatism with an ACU lifetime of 91%. This is not good for California Republicans.


3 posted on 02/29/2012 3:18:35 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Smogger

El Monte

Please, hear my plea!

Cucuroo carucha (chevy ‘39)
Going to el monte legion stadium
Pick up on my weesa (she is so divine)
Helps me stealing hub caps
Wasted all the time

Fuzzy dice
Bongos in the back
My ship of love is
Ready to attack

Primer mi carucha (chevy ‘39)
Going to el monte legion stadium
Pick up on my weesa (she is so divine)
Helps me stealing hub caps
Wasted all the time

Fuzzy dice
Bongos in the back
My ship of love
Ready to attack
Won’t you please hear my plea

Primer mi carucha (chevy ‘39)
Going to el monte legion stadium
Pick up on my weesa (she is so divine)
Helps me stealing hub caps
Wasted all the time

Fuzzy dice
Bongos in the back
My ship of love
Ready to attack


4 posted on 02/29/2012 3:26:19 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Smogger

That’s 2 Republicans who have announced they are retiring. The party that has a bunch of retirees going up to the election is the normally party that loses the election. Are we looking at another All Democrat government? If that happens forget about europeanization. We will go way past Europe and most of us will be wondering whey we didn’t get out when we could.


5 posted on 02/29/2012 3:28:26 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Smogger

He calls himself an institutionalist.

We don’t need more of that.


6 posted on 02/29/2012 3:29:40 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy; Clintonfatigued; randita; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; Coop; RygelXVI

Dreier got a raw deal in redistricting, and it was clear from the get-go that he had nowhere to run for reelection. I wish he would run for the Senate against Feinstein, since he’s conservative enough that he’d be the most conservative Senator from CA in over 50 years but has the type of demeanor that won’t scare off moderates in California. Alas, that’s not gonna happen (he doesn’t have the fire in the belly to run statewide).


7 posted on 02/29/2012 3:39:02 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: GeronL

Don’t worry. You will get a Democratic elected by Hispanics from El Monte, and Azusa instead. Basically, the worst of the worst since as long as they have D after their name, they will elect anyone. Think Maxine Waters.


8 posted on 02/29/2012 3:43:58 PM PST by Smogger
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To: AuH2ORepublican

He’s not even 60 yet. Drier is a John McCain kind of Conservative. He is completely establishment and tries to sound like he is a cool guy on Dennis Miller and Hugh Hewitt. He and the House Leaders have done nothing since the 2010 elections, yet everyone seems to never mention the impotent GOP House when discussing current electoral woes. Rush said, “Boehner is Obama’s Lifeline” and he was right.


9 posted on 02/29/2012 3:43:58 PM PST by Windy City Conservative (Kyle Smith)
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To: Smogger
“I've been doing this a long time. I am now 59 ... There are other things I want to do.”

Translation: “ I have been doing this for a long time. Now I want to cash in and make some real money. After 45 years in Congress, I have full access to the Capital and all the members of Congress and I know the ones that are open to bribes. So let the "Lobbying" begin.”

10 posted on 02/29/2012 4:24:40 PM PST by Tupelo ( 2012 TEA PARTYER but no longer a Republican)
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To: Smogger

Just what did he do to prevent the democRats from pushing through this disastrous health care bill?

As has been posted earlier. I guess his position is just not needed.


11 posted on 02/29/2012 4:34:51 PM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Smogger; AuH2ORepublican; randita; fieldmarshaldj; calcowgirl; scrabblehack; GOPsterinMA; ...

Don’t overreact. When the map was released this outcome was a certainty. A guy who has flirted with retirement as much as Dreier wasn’t gonna run against a fellow incumbent Republican in the 31st (which was really his only option)

A while back I did my amateur analysis of the CA races.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2756014/posts#13

We have 14 seats that should be safe, down from the 19 rather safe seats we have now. I pegged 3 more as probable wins, for 17. That would be minus 2 seats provided we don’t win any of the other many competitive seats, which we could.

If Obama wins the state by 20+ points again that would not be good.


12 posted on 02/29/2012 4:54:12 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; RygelXVI

I’m predicting that this may be the decade CA’s growth starts to diminish and by 2023, will start to lose House seats. It seems they barely held their 53rd seat this time, the first time they failed to gain any seats. It’s appalling to imagine a 17R-36D or 14R-39D delegation, with virtually all Ds being Stalinist parasites.


13 posted on 03/01/2012 5:22:00 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy; Liz; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; RygelXVI; AuntB; SmithL

“I’m predicting that this may be the decade CA’s growth starts to diminish and by 2023, will start to lose House seats.”

I think you’re right. Taxpayers have been fleeing in droves since the 1990’s and the population its been gaining are overrepresented by what one could call tax-receivers. The high cost, the traffic jams, the lousy schools, the crime (above the national average), and the stifling regulation is just too much for even many liberal taxpayers.


14 posted on 03/01/2012 3:29:24 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Bad news is that those idiot leftists don’t recognize that their politics have turned the places they’re fleeing into hellholes. They $hit up their nests and move on to $hit in others.


15 posted on 03/01/2012 3:32:08 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Early money was on them losing a seat this time, I was surprised they didn’t, and that Montana didn’t gain 1.


16 posted on 03/05/2012 2:16:41 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Smogger
Dreier is what one would call a "lifelong batchelor," who was supposedly "outed" several times but in a quiet way (not with national exposure, as with the rumors of Mark Foley before the email expose).

When his district was solidly Republican, this never became an issue. If, however, he were forced to run against a Democrat in a Democrat district, this would become the issue on Day One.

-PJ

17 posted on 03/05/2012 2:26:27 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Political Junkie Too; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued

It’s an open secret that he is gay and lives with his Chief of Staff. He’s still an okay Congressman.

Issues don’t matter in democrat districts, neither do character. Just the letter after the name. The district his home is now, the democrat could be a tax cheat who beats up hookers and he’d still easily beat the best Republicans.


18 posted on 03/05/2012 2:36:21 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

Unfortunately, even if Montana reclaimed its second seat, most likely the western/mountains district would go rodent and only the eastern plains would be GOP.


19 posted on 03/05/2012 2:59:00 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: Impy; Political Junkie Too; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued

I have heard the rumors about Dreier for years, but didn’t know that they were more than rumors. But if he’s indeed gay, I guess that for a while there he had as hot of a beard as a middle-aged congressman could find: Bo Derek.

BTW, seeing Dreier referred to as a Republican from San Dimas, I came up with what I think would make the best possible (G-rated) headline/subheadline combo for his retirement:

“David Dreier to Retire Due to Redistricting:
San Dimas Republican Meets His Waterloo”

10 points for the first to figure out why I find that funny.


20 posted on 03/05/2012 3:07:44 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy

Montana won’t reclaim its second seat (so long as we stay at 435 Representatives): it barely lost it after 1990, but has gotten further away from the goal in the past two censuses.

Before 1992, wasn’t the eastern CD in MT the Dem one and the western CD the GOP one? Are you saying that would switch now, DJ?


21 posted on 03/05/2012 3:13:38 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Smogger

California is done. Get out if you haven’t already.


22 posted on 03/05/2012 3:25:21 PM PST by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Impy; BillyBoy; RygelXVI; Clintonfatigued

The 1st district was the Mountain West seat when they were formally divided starting in the 1918 elections. This was the district dominated by the unions/mineworkers. It began electing Democrats at its creation. It did elect Republicans in 1920 (though the Democrat who won in 1918 easily reclaimed it in 1922), 1938 (due to the ugly internecine battle that saw the Democrat Sen. Burton Wheeler endorse the colorful Dr. Jacob Thorkelson over the Dem incumbent), 1940 (where Thorkelson was deposed in the GOP primary for leftist pacifist Jeannette Rankin). Not until 1970 would it elect another Republican, Dick Shoup (who beat Dem incumbent Arnold Olsen), and Shoup became the first Republican reelected to the seat in 1972 (in a rematch with Olsen), but he was a casualty of Watergate in ‘74 and lost to none other than a young Max Baucus.

The 2nd district was always the more GOP-leaning plains district. From 1918-1969, only 3 Democrats would win the seat (due to the Depression, from 1933-45, and an odd situation in the GOP year of 1956 when the freshman incumbent, Orvin Fjare, lost by a heartbreakingly narrow margin, to be reclaimed again in 1960 when the Dem incumbent lost a Senate primary). Oddly again, when Pres. Nixon appointed that Republican winner, Jim Battin, to the federal bench, the Democrats won a 1970 special by just 2,000 votes, that being John Melcher (also the future Senator). When Melcher won the vacated seat of Sen. Mike Mansfield in 1976, Republican Ron Marlenee reclaimed it and would hold it for the next 16 years until he was forced to run against Democrat Pat Williams from the 1st (and lost by just 50-47%) for statewide. Had it been 1994 instead, Williams would’ve lost. Probably, too, had there been two seats up in 2010, the GOP might’ve swept both. Even absent the declining mining industry, the western part of the state is dominated by granola moonbats in places like Missoula.

I seem to remember an entry from the 1974 Almanac of American Politics where Barone remarked how unusual it was that the usually Democrat 1st had Dick Shoup representing it while the Conservative plains had liberal Democrat Melcher in the 2nd.


23 posted on 03/05/2012 3:47:36 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; Clintonfatigued; Political Junkie Too

Something to do that Bill and Ted movie, they took Napoleon bowling right? Great movie.

Who knows about Dreier. Rumor is often reported as fact (he dated Bo Derek?). We may never be sure about James “Aunt Fancy” Buchanan.


24 posted on 03/05/2012 4:23:51 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican

If we did the drawing in MT we could try and draw districts with the same GOP strength.


25 posted on 03/05/2012 4:25:42 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Perfect. Just perfect.


26 posted on 03/05/2012 4:27:14 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Impy
Issues don’t matter in democrat districts, neither do character. Just the letter after the name.

Can you say "Nadia Lockyer?"

-PJ

27 posted on 03/05/2012 5:06:48 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Impy

Yes, in the movie, the water park in San Dimas was named Waterloo, and Napoleon indeed visits it. There was a great scene in which Bill and Ted are trying to figure out where Napoleon, who had disappeared, had wandered off to, and one of them asked “if you were a great French military leader, and got to spend a day in San Dimas, where would you go?”; they then answered, in unison, “WATERLOO!”


28 posted on 03/05/2012 5:26:14 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj

“If we did the drawing in MT we could try and draw districts with the same GOP strength.”


Yes, by drawing a northern and a southern CD and pissing up both farmers and ranchers, thus giving the RATs an opening in both CDs.

But we won’t have to worry about that, since MT won’t be getting its second CD back. Remember, it barely lost its second CD after 1990, and grew by 12.9% from 1990 to 2000, and still fell short of picking one up (and wasn’t one of the nearest misses, either). And after it grew by 9.7% from 2000 to 2010 it fell even further back. MT recently passed the 1 million mark in population in a Census estimate; the average CD will have like 800,000 people in it after the 2020 Census, and Rhode Island, which still has more population than MT, will drop to a single CD after that Census.


29 posted on 03/05/2012 5:35:18 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican
Yes, by drawing a northern and a southern CD and pissing (off) both farmers and ranchers,

Sounds like the plot of a bad western.

30 posted on 03/05/2012 6:02:53 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

I can but I’d rather not.


31 posted on 03/05/2012 6:20:11 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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