Cheney stumps for loyalists in Congress

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsCheney defended Pombo before about 200 guests at Stockton’s Bob Hope Theatre. He called the midterm election a referendum on the Republicans’ and Democrats’ views on fighting the War on Terror. As he has in the past, Cheney said he welcomed that debate. “There’s a reason we have not been hit again,” he said. Cheney stopped in Stockton during a tour designed to boost the campaigns of Pombo, Doolittle and Brian Bilbray, the Republican candidate in a special election runoff against Democrat Francine Busby in San Diego. Both are trying to fill the remaining seven months in the term of Randy “Duke” Cunningham, the Republican sentenced to prison for bribery. Cheney and his wife, Lynne, also attended the luncheon in downtown Sacramento for Doolittle, who is facing an unexpected re-election challenge for his ninth term. He has been criticized for his association with lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty in January to federal charges stemming from an investigation into influence peddling. Across the street from the downtown hotel where the Doolittle event was held, about 100 protesters marched with signs, tambourines and drums to criticize the Bush administration. The group was led by the California Nurses Association, which was promoting its initiative for the November ballot that would create a voluntary system of public campaign financing.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STOCKTON – Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday campaigned for two veteran California GOP congressman who find themselves facing unexpected primary challenges as administration supporters seek to hold onto their majorities in Congress. Cheney spoke at a private luncheon in Sacramento for Rep. John Doolittle of Roseville and during a fundraising dinner in Stockton for Rep. Richard Pombo of Tracy. Pombo, an eight-term congressman, faces the more serious challenge in the June 6 primary election. Pete McCloskey, a 78-year-old war hero, former congressman and Republican moderate, has challenged Pombo on his environmental record and tapped into voter unrest. He has cast Pombo as complicit in the Bush administration’s deficit spending and accused him of abandoning other core Republican values. last_img