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Hill enjoys fundraising edge in state Senate race

Original post made on Oct 31, 2012

With elections just days away, Assemblyman Jerry Hill is banking on his superior campaign chest to help him carry the day in the state Senate race, while his opponent, former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, is hoping that grassroots support from her home turf will help her narrow the gap and score a major upset.

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Posted by Dennis
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm

From the list of supporters lining up for Hill, it's getting mighty crowded at the public trough. Given the political establishment's inability to deal with California's debt, a vote for Lieber may be a sound and responsible way to protest the "politics as piggy-bank" establishment.

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Posted by Ducatigirl
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Meg Whitman had an outrageously huge war chest, too, but it did not guarantee a win. Personally, I hope the underdog (Lieber) wins. she is by far the more resposible of the cabdidates.

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Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Hill voted for the HSR, so I won't be supporting him. He's so hypocrtical talking about fiscal responsibility, yet he's part of the legistlature who votes for spending on items like the High Speed Rail and making a mess of the California budget.

I hope he loses, so the rest of the politicians in Sacramento get a message.

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Posted by Robert
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm

One important reason Hill has more money, as can be clearly seen from the above article, is because he's gotten big bucks from the labor unions in return for his expedient vote in support of High Speed Rail, from which unions stand to benefit in the short run. So, they're paying him back big time for his support of Jerry Brown's last-minute maneuver to get HSR passed, that at a point when about 60% of the public now oppose that boondoggle. Hill voted to put California an additional $100+ billion in debt for Brown's "black box" legacy project. The Chronicle reported, the day after the vote, that Jerry was distributing goodies to 'incentivize' the vote of some legislators. I for one would like to know if Hill was among them, or does he just believe that it makes sense to commit a huge amount of money to HSR without knowing about its viability and without knowing the fragmenting impact it will have on Peninsula communities inhabited by his constituents.

Lieber is much more deserving of our votes than Hill is for that historic capitulation to Brown that will put a financial albatross around the necks of Californians for decades to come.

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Posted by Ben
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 31, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Jerry is a HSR *****. He talks the talk about being suspicious of HSR, but you don't have to look too far to see who his handlers are, and who he pays attention to. He's still falling all over himself to glad hand himself about the electrification of Caltrain, which was a cheap $1B insurance policy to get and keep peninsula democratic votes for the HSR gravy train, so to speak. What's $1B of your tax dollars for Caltrain when it could lead to hundreds of billions funneled through Sacramento to fully build out the HSR fantasy.

It's all about money, and Jerry is chasing it harder than most. It's time for a change. I will votefor Lieber.