In what appears to an increasing tide of Democratic incumbents running for reelection who are desperately trying to distance themselves from the Obama adminstration, an new level of disavowal was set by Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA11) last Friday (10/1) when he deliberately kept secret the location and details of a local fundraising event for him featuring Vice President Joe Biden.
Think about that: the Vice President of the United States comes to town to highlight a fundraiser for a Congressional candidate, and this event is kept hidden from the public and media, as though Biden had been placed in the Witness Protection Program. To further hide this event from scrutiny from voters in his district, this event was held miles away at a swanky Oakland resort.
A check of McNerney's website also makes no mention of this fundraiser.
As Lisa Vorderbrueggen from the Bay Area News Group incredulously blogs (whose report was selected for inclusion in today's print version of the Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times):
[McNerney's] campaign spokeswoman Sarah Hersh told me last night that no details were being released because the event was not open to the press.
No offense, but when did open press equate to news value? And what possible down side could there be to news of McNerney having eggs and bacon with the Vice President of the United States?
Care to answer that question, Rep. (hopefully soon to be Ex-Rep.) McNerney?
McNerney's November opponent, David Harmer, certainly lost no time in answering that question for Rep. McNernery. In a statement issued released by Harmer's campaign (excerpted here):
Congressman Jerry McNerney has brought to California today one of the chief architects of the overspending in Washington - Vice President Joe Biden - who is helping raise money for the embattled Congressman's re-election.
When a major national figure comes to town, campaigns typically announce it to the world. But details about today's Biden event have been as elusive as a Jerry McNerney town-hall meeting. They just don't exist anywhere in the public.
No press invites, no insider releases, nothing, nada. It must have been a real challenge for Biden to agree to secrecy, especially considering his talent for self promotion.
What will be the next step down for Obama and Biden: disguising themselves in public by wearing paper bags over their heads?