Groups Line Up in Opposition To Mike Thompson for the Interior Position

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Most conventional wisdom has Congressman Mike Thompson as one of two finalists for Secretary of the Interior in President-elect Obama’s new cabinet along with Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva. Grijalva is the son of migrants and an outspoken critic of the Bush administration’s federal land policies.

The Oregonian argues that while hunting and fishing groups like Congressman Thompson environmentalists and other liberals are lining up against him.

“Thompson, whose district runs from the wine country of Napa Valley to the Oregon border, is favored by hunting and fishing groups that like the fact that he’s an avid sportsman. And the League of Conservation Voters gives him solid voting scores. In fact, Thompson won national publicity back in 2002 when he held a press conference in front of the Department of Interior with 500 pounds of fish killed by low waters in the Klamath River.”

Liberal netroots groups such as the Daily Kos are joining in opposition to Mike Thompson as the Oregonian Reported on Monday.

The Kos argued:

“Mike Thompson takes money from hunting lobbyists Safari Club International (whose members hunt rhinos, lions, and elephants) and won their Hunting Heritage and Legislator of the Year awards. In fact, no other house member took more money than Mike Thompson from SCI… oh, apart from Alaska’s Don Young.”

The Kos quotes from another local environmentalist blog:

“Mike Thompson, a vineyard owner (and therefore likely more sensitive to the needs of farming than of, say, endangered species), is pissing off local environmentalists:

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat said: “Thompson said the reduced river flow “wasn’t about salmon or water, it was about electoral votes in Oregon.”” The important political lesson to note here is that these farmers (and voters) were not in Mike Thompson’s district.

A real test of Mr. Thompson’s environmental credentials would be: is he willing to close down his vineyard and winery friends in his own district by no longer allowing them to suck water out of the rivers and aquifers? Ask the environmentalists who live on rivers like the Navarro about how much water is left for the Salmon once vineyards finish taking their sips. Ask environmentalists in Napa County about pesticides in ground water and runoff.”

A letter from 117 environmental groups strongly endorses for Congressman Raul Grijalva:

“We strongly believe that Congressman Grijalva’s background and record show him to be a leader ready for this challenge.

As Arizona’s congressional representative, Congressman Grijalva has shown a broad range of passion and expertise for conservation and management of public lands. He has highlighted the Bush administration’s attempts to undercut science in favor of industry interests and sought ways to work with agencies and environmental groups to better protect public lands. For this, Grijalva has gained respect in the environmental community for his clear and decisive positions on sometimes complicated issues.”

Despite this opposition, The Oregonian concludes that Mike Thompson is the favorite for the post.

“Still, Thompson certainly looks as if he is in line with Obama’s earlier cabinet appointees. He’s someone who has been able to reach across partisan lines and it doesn’t hurt that he’s gotten lots of backing from the powerful California congressional delegation. And lastly, Obama said during the campaign he wanted a sportsman in the job. “I think that having a head of the Department of Interior who doesn’t understand hunting and fishing would be a problem,” Obama told Field & Stream.”

A Thompson appointment would open up California’s First Congressional District, a safe Democratic seat. Assemblyman and former State Senator Wes Chesbro is said to be the favorite for the position if it opens up.

—David M. Greenwald reporting

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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33 thoughts on “Groups Line Up in Opposition To Mike Thompson for the Interior Position”

  1. Anonymous

    Thompson’s a weasel. He’s voted with Bush at least as much as McCain and doesn’t represent Davis in the least. I’m sure he has his reasons (other than placating developers and other republicans), but he’s nothing if not a center-right democrat. A species we have way too many of and a big reason nodbody could tell any difference between Hillary and Lil Bush/McCain.

  2. Anonymous

    Thompson’s a weasel. He’s voted with Bush at least as much as McCain and doesn’t represent Davis in the least. I’m sure he has his reasons (other than placating developers and other republicans), but he’s nothing if not a center-right democrat. A species we have way too many of and a big reason nodbody could tell any difference between Hillary and Lil Bush/McCain.

  3. Anonymous

    Thompson’s a weasel. He’s voted with Bush at least as much as McCain and doesn’t represent Davis in the least. I’m sure he has his reasons (other than placating developers and other republicans), but he’s nothing if not a center-right democrat. A species we have way too many of and a big reason nodbody could tell any difference between Hillary and Lil Bush/McCain.

  4. Anonymous

    Thompson’s a weasel. He’s voted with Bush at least as much as McCain and doesn’t represent Davis in the least. I’m sure he has his reasons (other than placating developers and other republicans), but he’s nothing if not a center-right democrat. A species we have way too many of and a big reason nodbody could tell any difference between Hillary and Lil Bush/McCain.

  5. Anonymous

    Let’s get Thompson over to the interior so we can pull off a grassroots, progressive upset in what will hopefully be a bitterly divided Democratic primary, with regionalism and sectionalism all around!

  6. Anonymous

    Let’s get Thompson over to the interior so we can pull off a grassroots, progressive upset in what will hopefully be a bitterly divided Democratic primary, with regionalism and sectionalism all around!

  7. Anonymous

    Let’s get Thompson over to the interior so we can pull off a grassroots, progressive upset in what will hopefully be a bitterly divided Democratic primary, with regionalism and sectionalism all around!

  8. Anonymous

    Let’s get Thompson over to the interior so we can pull off a grassroots, progressive upset in what will hopefully be a bitterly divided Democratic primary, with regionalism and sectionalism all around!

  9. Rich Rifkin

    “He’s voted with Bush at least as much as McCain and doesn’t represent Davis in the least.”

    Not true. Although I think Davis belongs in a CD more oriented to the Sacramento area or the Yolo-Solano region, Thompson’s views are liberal and quite in line with the liberal politics of Davis.

    Here are Mike Thompson’s most recent ratings by various liberal interest groups (scored 0-100 or A-F):
    NARAL (Pro-Choice) — 100
    Planned Parenthood — 100
    Americans for the Arts — 88
    ACLU — 100
    Human Rights Campaign — 85
    NAACP — 92
    NORML* — 0
    Nat’l Education Association — A
    Environment America — 100
    Children’s Defense Fund — 100
    American Academny of Family Physicians — 100
    AFL-CIO — 96
    AFSCME — 100
    SEIU — 100
    Americans for Democratic Action — 90
    Nat’l Assoc. of Social Workers — 100
    SSNCPL** — A+
    Nat’l Organization for Women — 100

    Here are Mike Thompson’s most recent ratings by various conservative interest groups (scored 0-100 or A-F):
    Nat’l Right to Life — 0
    Nat’ Council of Ag Employers — 0
    NRA — B+
    Nat’l Tax Limitation Comm. — 0
    Nat’ Taxpayers Union — F
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce — 55
    Business-Industry PAC — 7
    Christian Coalition — 0
    John Birch Society — 25
    American Land Rights Assoc. — 0
    Family Research Council — 0
    Fed. for American Immigration Reform — 8
    U.S. English — F
    CATO Institute Trade Policy — 0

    ——–

    *National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
    **Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

  10. Rich Rifkin

    “He’s voted with Bush at least as much as McCain and doesn’t represent Davis in the least.”

    Not true. Although I think Davis belongs in a CD more oriented to the Sacramento area or the Yolo-Solano region, Thompson’s views are liberal and quite in line with the liberal politics of Davis.

    Here are Mike Thompson’s most recent ratings by various liberal interest groups (scored 0-100 or A-F):
    NARAL (Pro-Choice) — 100
    Planned Parenthood — 100
    Americans for the Arts — 88
    ACLU — 100
    Human Rights Campaign — 85
    NAACP — 92
    NORML* — 0
    Nat’l Education Association — A
    Environment America — 100
    Children’s Defense Fund — 100
    American Academny of Family Physicians — 100
    AFL-CIO — 96
    AFSCME — 100
    SEIU — 100
    Americans for Democratic Action — 90
    Nat’l Assoc. of Social Workers — 100
    SSNCPL** — A+
    Nat’l Organization for Women — 100

    Here are Mike Thompson’s most recent ratings by various conservative interest groups (scored 0-100 or A-F):
    Nat’l Right to Life — 0
    Nat’ Council of Ag Employers — 0
    NRA — B+
    Nat’l Tax Limitation Comm. — 0
    Nat’ Taxpayers Union — F
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce — 55
    Business-Industry PAC — 7
    Christian Coalition — 0
    John Birch Society — 25
    American Land Rights Assoc. — 0
    Family Research Council — 0
    Fed. for American Immigration Reform — 8
    U.S. English — F
    CATO Institute Trade Policy — 0

    ——–

    *National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
    **Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

  11. Rich Rifkin

    “He’s voted with Bush at least as much as McCain and doesn’t represent Davis in the least.”

    Not true. Although I think Davis belongs in a CD more oriented to the Sacramento area or the Yolo-Solano region, Thompson’s views are liberal and quite in line with the liberal politics of Davis.

    Here are Mike Thompson’s most recent ratings by various liberal interest groups (scored 0-100 or A-F):
    NARAL (Pro-Choice) — 100
    Planned Parenthood — 100
    Americans for the Arts — 88
    ACLU — 100
    Human Rights Campaign — 85
    NAACP — 92
    NORML* — 0
    Nat’l Education Association — A
    Environment America — 100
    Children’s Defense Fund — 100
    American Academny of Family Physicians — 100
    AFL-CIO — 96
    AFSCME — 100
    SEIU — 100
    Americans for Democratic Action — 90
    Nat’l Assoc. of Social Workers — 100
    SSNCPL** — A+
    Nat’l Organization for Women — 100

    Here are Mike Thompson’s most recent ratings by various conservative interest groups (scored 0-100 or A-F):
    Nat’l Right to Life — 0
    Nat’ Council of Ag Employers — 0
    NRA — B+
    Nat’l Tax Limitation Comm. — 0
    Nat’ Taxpayers Union — F
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce — 55
    Business-Industry PAC — 7
    Christian Coalition — 0
    John Birch Society — 25
    American Land Rights Assoc. — 0
    Family Research Council — 0
    Fed. for American Immigration Reform — 8
    U.S. English — F
    CATO Institute Trade Policy — 0

    ——–

    *National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
    **Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

  12. Rich Rifkin

    “He’s voted with Bush at least as much as McCain and doesn’t represent Davis in the least.”

    Not true. Although I think Davis belongs in a CD more oriented to the Sacramento area or the Yolo-Solano region, Thompson’s views are liberal and quite in line with the liberal politics of Davis.

    Here are Mike Thompson’s most recent ratings by various liberal interest groups (scored 0-100 or A-F):
    NARAL (Pro-Choice) — 100
    Planned Parenthood — 100
    Americans for the Arts — 88
    ACLU — 100
    Human Rights Campaign — 85
    NAACP — 92
    NORML* — 0
    Nat’l Education Association — A
    Environment America — 100
    Children’s Defense Fund — 100
    American Academny of Family Physicians — 100
    AFL-CIO — 96
    AFSCME — 100
    SEIU — 100
    Americans for Democratic Action — 90
    Nat’l Assoc. of Social Workers — 100
    SSNCPL** — A+
    Nat’l Organization for Women — 100

    Here are Mike Thompson’s most recent ratings by various conservative interest groups (scored 0-100 or A-F):
    Nat’l Right to Life — 0
    Nat’ Council of Ag Employers — 0
    NRA — B+
    Nat’l Tax Limitation Comm. — 0
    Nat’ Taxpayers Union — F
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce — 55
    Business-Industry PAC — 7
    Christian Coalition — 0
    John Birch Society — 25
    American Land Rights Assoc. — 0
    Family Research Council — 0
    Fed. for American Immigration Reform — 8
    U.S. English — F
    CATO Institute Trade Policy — 0

    ——–

    *National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
    **Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

  13. Rich Rifkin

    As far as Grijalva goes, he probably is to the left of Thompson. Considering how many moderates (and even right-of-center picks) Obama has nominated for his cabinet, I think it’s reasonable that the far left Democrats, who voted for Obama in November and more importantly in the primaries (based largely on Iraq, where Obama was incorrectly perceived to be a “peace” candidate), deserves to have cabinet-level representation, and Grijalva would fill that bill.

  14. Rich Rifkin

    As far as Grijalva goes, he probably is to the left of Thompson. Considering how many moderates (and even right-of-center picks) Obama has nominated for his cabinet, I think it’s reasonable that the far left Democrats, who voted for Obama in November and more importantly in the primaries (based largely on Iraq, where Obama was incorrectly perceived to be a “peace” candidate), deserves to have cabinet-level representation, and Grijalva would fill that bill.

  15. Rich Rifkin

    As far as Grijalva goes, he probably is to the left of Thompson. Considering how many moderates (and even right-of-center picks) Obama has nominated for his cabinet, I think it’s reasonable that the far left Democrats, who voted for Obama in November and more importantly in the primaries (based largely on Iraq, where Obama was incorrectly perceived to be a “peace” candidate), deserves to have cabinet-level representation, and Grijalva would fill that bill.

  16. Rich Rifkin

    As far as Grijalva goes, he probably is to the left of Thompson. Considering how many moderates (and even right-of-center picks) Obama has nominated for his cabinet, I think it’s reasonable that the far left Democrats, who voted for Obama in November and more importantly in the primaries (based largely on Iraq, where Obama was incorrectly perceived to be a “peace” candidate), deserves to have cabinet-level representation, and Grijalva would fill that bill.

  17. 無名 - wu ming

    um, daily kos is a group blog with hundreds of thousands of people who post comments and diaries. “The Kos” doesn’t exist, except for kos, the owner (who posted nothing about thompson), and the diaries in question weren’t even on the front page, but on the anyone-can-post-em diary section.

    so really this is about 8 or 9 people on a big site who are stoking this, most of them not from the district, from what i have been able to tell by talking with them.

    grijalva might be better than thompson for interior, but the firestorm that people are trying to stoke seems really forced to me.

  18. 無名 - wu ming

    um, daily kos is a group blog with hundreds of thousands of people who post comments and diaries. “The Kos” doesn’t exist, except for kos, the owner (who posted nothing about thompson), and the diaries in question weren’t even on the front page, but on the anyone-can-post-em diary section.

    so really this is about 8 or 9 people on a big site who are stoking this, most of them not from the district, from what i have been able to tell by talking with them.

    grijalva might be better than thompson for interior, but the firestorm that people are trying to stoke seems really forced to me.

  19. 無名 - wu ming

    um, daily kos is a group blog with hundreds of thousands of people who post comments and diaries. “The Kos” doesn’t exist, except for kos, the owner (who posted nothing about thompson), and the diaries in question weren’t even on the front page, but on the anyone-can-post-em diary section.

    so really this is about 8 or 9 people on a big site who are stoking this, most of them not from the district, from what i have been able to tell by talking with them.

    grijalva might be better than thompson for interior, but the firestorm that people are trying to stoke seems really forced to me.

  20. 無名 - wu ming

    um, daily kos is a group blog with hundreds of thousands of people who post comments and diaries. “The Kos” doesn’t exist, except for kos, the owner (who posted nothing about thompson), and the diaries in question weren’t even on the front page, but on the anyone-can-post-em diary section.

    so really this is about 8 or 9 people on a big site who are stoking this, most of them not from the district, from what i have been able to tell by talking with them.

    grijalva might be better than thompson for interior, but the firestorm that people are trying to stoke seems really forced to me.

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