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Announcing Retirement, Dem Congressman Bashes Obama
National Journal ^ | October 2011 | Jessica Taylor and Billy House

Posted on 10/20/2011 4:12:34 PM PDT by Kaslin

Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., announced his retirement from Congress this afternoon -- and he issued a scathing parting shot at President Obama's track record on his way out.

In a statement explaining his decision, Cardoza, a leader of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, said he was "dismayed" by the administration's "failure to understand and effectively address the current housing foreclosure crisis."

"Home foreclosures are destroying communities and crushing our economy, and the Administration's inaction is infuriating," Cardoza said.

A former chairman of the moderate Blue Dog Caucus, Cardoza also bemoaned the increasing partisanship in Washington, and blamed the media for fueling the ideological divide in the country, not giving enough attention to moderates.

Cardoza is the sixth member -- all Democrats -- to announce plans to retire outright so far. He's also the third member of the Blue Dog Caucus to head for the exits -- joining fellow moderate Reps. Dan Boren, D-Okla., and Mike Ross, D-Ark.

The five-term congressman had become an increasingly-vocal critic of his own party's leadership in recent months, fueled by the skyrocketing unemployment in his Central Valley district. He's previously criticized the administration on its handling of the foreclosure crisis - but it's rare to see a departing congressman blast the president in an official statement.

Given his growing dissatisfaction with his party, Cardoza's departure didn't come as a surprise to Democrats, but his sharp criticism of Obama is bound to sting at the White House, which has already seeing many members of his own party, particularly those in battleground states and districts, keeping their distance.

Cardoza was also a thorn in the side of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.. Despite his previous posts in leadership (he was a DCCC co-chair in 2010), the two at times clashed, including during the negotiations over the health care law. He voted against Pelosi for Democratic leader earlier this year, supporting his more-moderate home-state colleague Rep. Jim Costa instead. In the fight for majority leader in 2007, Costa Cardoza publicly backed Rep. Steny Hoyer over Pelosi.

Nonetheless, the National Republican Congressional Committee had already targeted Cardoza in an ad campaign last month, and immediately seized on Cardoza's retirement as more evidence of a worsening political environment for Democratic moderates.

"After years of being one of Pelosi's top lieutenants, Dennis Cardoza has realized it will be impossible to continue to fool voters about his self-proclaimed Blue Dog label as the political environment worsens for Democrats between now and Election Day," said NRCC spokeswoman Joanna Burgos.

Redistricting also played a major role in his decision. Under the new map, Cardoza was facing the unpalatable option of challenging Costa in a Democratic primary, or running in the more-Republican 21st District where Democrats already landed a strong recruit in state senator Michael Rubio.

Cardoza's lackluster fundraising this past quarter had also raised retirement speculation; he raised just $23,000 during the past three months.


TOPICS: Front Page News; US: California
KEYWORDS: 2012; bhofascism; bluedogdemocrats; california; cardoza; democrats; elections; marxistcoup; nobama2012; nodemocrats2012; obama; obamatruthfile; pelosi; purge

1 posted on 10/20/2011 4:12:40 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Big f—ing deal. Why didn’t you and your fellow travelers take on the communist muslim that is destroying our country while you were still in office?


2 posted on 10/20/2011 4:17:26 PM PDT by taillightchaser (The last hope for America--2012)
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To: Kaslin

The Menshevik denounces the Bolshevik.


3 posted on 10/20/2011 4:21:42 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Democrats- Forgetting 9/11 since 9/12/01)
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To: Kaslin
Not sure where he lives relative to the new district boundaries, but his old district was gerrymandered prodem.

Given the changing political climate, I would not be surprised that he is stepping down rather than risk an expensive defeat.

4 posted on 10/20/2011 4:21:46 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: Kaslin
A former chairman of the moderate Blue Dog Caucus, Cardoza also bemoaned the increasing partisanship in Washington, and blamed the media for fueling the ideological divide in the country, not giving enough attention to moderates.

Uh-HUH! And, what did he do, as a member of the Blue Dogs, to try to bridge the growing partisan divide that his fellow Democrats are creating?


(crickets)

5 posted on 10/20/2011 4:27:08 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: taillightchaser
I guess he wants to feel good about himself and make his progeny believe he was a real patriot....NOT!

as far as I'm concerned, there are no good democrats...none....anyone who would align themselves with that filth are not good people...I say that as a former hard core democrat who went door to door for McGovern in my younger years....

6 posted on 10/20/2011 4:30:27 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Michael.SF.

Just what I was thinking - his new district is drawn in such a way that he wouldn’t get re-elected.


7 posted on 10/20/2011 4:32:04 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Ronald Reagan: "our liberal friends....know so much that isn't so...")
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To: Kaslin

He can take parting shots all he wants. He still voted for obamacare. I guess it’s a lot easier to talk tough when you’re crawling out of the ring.


8 posted on 10/20/2011 4:33:35 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: cherry

Well, welcome to the right side. Congrats on your awakening. We’re glad to have you!!!!


9 posted on 10/20/2011 4:33:59 PM PDT by taillightchaser (The last hope for America--2012)
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To: taillightchaser

yep, he is 99% wuuusbait, now senators are afraid to speak openly without quitting first..at least he grew a pair of snow peas on his way out...


10 posted on 10/20/2011 4:33:59 PM PDT by aces
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To: Kaslin

His action was infuriating, too.

You say inaction
And I say his action
We’re both infuriated
The difference is a fraction.
Inaction, his action
His action, inaction
Let’s call the whole thing off.


11 posted on 10/20/2011 4:34:58 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Kaslin

Daily Kos is gleeful that another Blue Dog is packing up and going home. The Caucus is likely to dip below 20 members after 2012.


12 posted on 10/20/2011 4:39:34 PM PDT by Shadow44
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To: MuttTheHoople

Comrade!

You made this Kulak spew tea on his keyboard!


13 posted on 10/20/2011 4:40:19 PM PDT by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture....all should be preserved)
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To: Michael.SF.

He lives in Maryland. He can stay there.


14 posted on 10/20/2011 4:43:07 PM PDT by REDWOOD99 ("Everyone should pay taxes. Everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: Kaslin

...and another gutless moderate leftist whimpers and whines his way into the dustbin of history.


15 posted on 10/20/2011 4:43:41 PM PDT by dogcaller
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Kaslin.
Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., announced his retirement from Congress this afternoon... said he was "dismayed" by the administration's "failure to understand and effectively address the current housing foreclosure crisis." ...A former chairman of the moderate Blue Dog Caucus, Cardoza also bemoaned the increasing partisanship in Washington, and blamed the media for fueling the ideological divide in the country, not giving enough attention to moderates... the third member of the Blue Dog Caucus to head for the exits -- joining fellow moderate Reps. Dan Boren, D-Okla., and Mike Ross, D-Ark... had become an increasingly-vocal critic of his own party's leadership in recent months, fueled by the skyrocketing unemployment in his Central Valley district... Cardoza [and Pelsoi] ... at times clashed, including during the negotiations over the health care law. He voted against Pelosi for Democratic leader earlier this year, supporting... Jim Costa instead... in 2007, Costa Cardoza publicly backed Rep. Steny Hoyer over Pelosi... Redistricting also played a major role in his decision.

16 posted on 10/20/2011 4:52:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Kaslin

So..the Stalinlike purging by the marxist dems in their own party has begun. It’s all setting up to be quite a year for Obama and the marxist left in this country. Hell...they even have Hugo Chavez;Iran;North Korea, The International Communists, The International Nazi Party,even AL QAEDA endorsed them and their OWS protestors today!

MMMM...MMMMM...MMMMM....BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!


17 posted on 10/20/2011 4:53:30 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: cherry
I know quite a few registered Dims...that are very Conservative, and mainly vote Pubbie.

They might vote Dim...locally because they know the person running. I live in a very rural area.

That said, I don't know why they don't change parties....I just think they registered Dim, like their parents before them.

But...I agree with you. Anyone who continues to vote Dim...is either totally ignorant, stupid, or a hard lined Marxist Socialist.

There's really no other way to call it.

18 posted on 10/20/2011 5:14:45 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum)
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To: taillightchaser

Is he saying that Obie isn’t commie enough?


19 posted on 10/20/2011 5:16:26 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Kaslin

Racist.....


20 posted on 10/20/2011 5:29:15 PM PDT by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: Michael.SF.

Cardoza was my congress-critter until I moved into another district.

I wrote a letter to the editor at The Modesto Bee a few years ago where I pointed out that Dennis was nothing but a lapdog to Pelosi.

The text of the letter went something like this...

Sit Dennis
Speak Dennis
Rollover Dennis
Good Dog, Dennis.

A few days later he too wrote a letter to The Bee stating that he wasn’t a lapdog to Pelosi.


21 posted on 10/20/2011 5:38:14 PM PDT by Diver Dave (Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow)
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To: Diver Dave
sit dennis, speak dennis, rollover dennis

Palamino, PALAMINO!!

23 posted on 10/20/2011 5:57:34 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: Kaslin

24 posted on 10/20/2011 6:08:40 PM PDT by RasterMaster ("To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Kaslin

He must have missed the interview. O told us he made all the right choices.


25 posted on 10/20/2011 6:25:59 PM PDT by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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