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Some activists want wealthy (California RAT quitter) Jane Harman to pay for special election vote
The Hill ^ | 2/21/11 | Sean J. Miller

Posted on 02/21/2011 6:39:17 PM PST by Libloather

Some activists want wealthy Jane Harman to pay for special election vote
By Sean J. Miller - 02/21/11 06:08 PM ET

A grass-roots movement fueled by anger over the cost of a special election for Rep. Jane Harman’s (D-Calif.) seat has sprung up in the coastal towns surrounding Los Angeles.

Harman announced Feb. 7 that she was stepping down as the representative for California’s 36th district to become head of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, a Washington-based research institution. She’s set to remain in the House until Feb. 28, according to her office.

Her departure only two months into her new term has some activists suggesting the wealthy Democrat should cover the cost of the special election to fill her seat.

“Certainly the public is outraged with the fact that she quit,” said Richard Grenell, a former Bush administration official who is coordinating the effort. “She’s not even coming back to the district.”

Harman is the third wealthiest member of Congress, according to a list compiled by The Hill. Together with her husband, Sidney Harman, the congresswoman is worth more than $152 million, according to her 2010 financial disclosure forms.

Grenell noted that news broke last May that former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.), whom Harman is succeeding as president of the think tank, was planning to step down. “I would really like to know when she started negotiating for this job,” he said.

If she knew before the midterm vote last November that she was going to get it, Grenell added, “she sold the voters of the 36th a false message.”

A spokeswoman for the Woodrow Wilson Center did not respond to a request for comment. Harman has she said she regrets the cost to taxpayers, telling the Los Angeles Times she wanted her departure to be "as inexpensive and as convenient for voters as possible." A special election for two vacant state Senate seats in the Los Angeles-area earlier this month cost some $3 million, according to one estimate.

With that in mind, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is looking to schedule the special election for Harman's seat in June, when a statewide vote will be held on tax issues. A primary would be held eight Tuesdays before the special election.

In the meantime, Grenell, who lives in the neighboring 35th district, said he’s hoping public pressure will convince Harman to cover the cost. “We don’t think it will be accomplished through a petition,” he said. “We think it will be accomplished through media pressure."

That has already started to build, with local blogs and talk radio host John Phillips taking up the issue. Harman’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

While there’s no question that California is facing a budget crisis, there isn’t any precedent for a member of Congress having to cover the cost of a special election. Moreover, it raises questions about the credibility of the vote if it’s funded by an independent source.

Grenell said that wasn’t a concern. “We’ll take her money and we’ll take that risk,” he said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: ca36; california; elections; harman; janeharman; jerrybrown; neocons; richardgrenell; wealthy; woodrowwilsoncenter
Her departure only two months into her new term

That didn't take long. Poor planning on her part?

1 posted on 02/21/2011 6:39:28 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Good luck to them....Getting a rich Democrat to pay for something THEMSELVES...You’d have better luck asking the First Wookie to skip a meal! LOL


2 posted on 02/21/2011 6:43:02 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: Libloather
"Poor planning on her part?"

Hardly.

Harman's your typical Elite opportunist...

3 posted on 02/21/2011 6:45:38 PM PST by Beaten Valve
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To: jakerobins

So she’s decided to “cross the aisle” and go to work for a (neo)conservative organization? How bipartisan of her.


4 posted on 02/21/2011 6:48:20 PM PST by ruination
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To: Libloather

Why bother with an election, just put the next commie in by acclamation..


5 posted on 02/21/2011 6:49:55 PM PST by Fred (Suspend All Immigration Until Unemployment is Reduced to 5%)
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To: Libloather

Wait—Harmon is RICH? I thought only Republicans were rich and that the Rats were all “of the people”.


6 posted on 02/21/2011 6:57:48 PM PST by Charlemagne on the Fox
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To: Charlemagne on the Fox

Piglosi rich.


7 posted on 02/21/2011 7:00:54 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: Libloather

Not a single Democrat incumbent lost last Nov.

Not even the dead one.

I’m not kidding.


8 posted on 02/21/2011 7:01:36 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Libloather
It's undoubtedly something really simple ~ like her husband couldn't get a security clearance so she could stay on the Intelligence committee.

That started when he bought Newsweek for $1. He got a lot of security problems with that purchase.

9 posted on 02/21/2011 7:11:45 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Tzimisce
Not a single Democrat incumbent lost last Nov. Not even the dead one. I’m not kidding.

In 2010, a dozen Dems did not run for re-election - their seats went to the GOP. My guess is that these pols decided to jump before they were pushed - why wait until you get laid off before looking for a job?

10 posted on 02/21/2011 7:38:58 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always)
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To: Libloather

Jane, you ignorant slut...


11 posted on 02/21/2011 8:07:34 PM PST by khnyny (What exactly is a CDO??)
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To: ruination

If you know anything about Harman you know she’s long been targeted as “too far right” for the Democratic party. Her district used to be Republican and had a lot of defense contractors but that industry is dead and the district’s makeup has changed. Whoever ultimately replaces Harman will be LEFT of center and certainly left of her.


12 posted on 02/22/2011 2:08:21 AM PST by newzjunkey
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To: newzjunkey

Indeed, her district could be fairly characterized as a gaggle of anti-American dirtbags.


13 posted on 02/22/2011 3:37:22 PM PST by ruination
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To: newzjunkey
If you know anything about Harman you know she’s long been targeted as “too far right” for the Democratic party.

I do know, as I have followed most of her career and I live in her district. I recall Queen Nancy deprived Harman of a committee chair position that was rightfully hers recently. Bad blood between the women.

14 posted on 02/22/2011 3:40:41 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: Tzimisce
53 incumbent Democrat Congressman lost their seats in the Novemeber 2010 election.

I'm not kidding.

15 posted on 02/22/2011 3:47:08 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky
53 incumbent Democrat Congressman lost their seats in the Novemeber 2010 election.

I'm not kidding.


Are you talking state Congressmen? I don't believe that - if it was true, California would have a Republican House.

Are you talking Federal? I don't believe that either.

Are you talking primary fights? Because I wasn't talking about primaries.

What is your source? REAL source. Not DailyKos.
16 posted on 02/22/2011 5:56:38 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Tzimisce

Dude, try a little civility and then, maybe, google on something to the effect of “United States House of Representative Elections, 2010”.


17 posted on 02/23/2011 6:05:13 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2010

Yes - it is true, 54 incumbent Democrats were defeated.

But not a single one of them was from California.

Do me a favor, try actually paying attention to what is being said before you start spouting off please.
18 posted on 02/23/2011 8:51:59 AM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Tzimisce
Umm, young man, you'll recall that you were the one making bizarre claims that no incumbant lost a congressional election in 2010, and that you continued to make that claim even after it was pointed out you were wrong.

That you've now changed that claim to apply only to the US Congressional delegation from the State of California is an apology which I will accept.

19 posted on 02/23/2011 9:04:48 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Tzimisce
Umm, young man, you'll recall that you were the one making bizarre claims that no incumbant lost a congressional election in 2010, and that you continued to make that claim even after it was pointed out you were wrong.

That you've now changed that claim to apply only to the US Congressional delegation from the State of California is an apology which I will accept.

20 posted on 02/23/2011 9:04:56 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky

If you really want to get him on a tangent, tell him you’re a Boomer....heh


21 posted on 02/23/2011 9:28:59 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Mr. Lucky

I meant in California.

Since the story is about California, I didn’t think I needed to specifically point that out.


22 posted on 02/23/2011 10:59:27 AM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Tzimisce

I see.


23 posted on 02/23/2011 11:11:46 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: muawiyah

Her husband Sidney just passed away on Tuesday evening...


24 posted on 04/14/2011 8:01:52 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: Beaten Valve

Guess that means she’ll get her security clearance back.


25 posted on 04/14/2011 8:05:43 PM PDT by muawiyah
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