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Joan Buchanan HAS violated an important trust. Let a committed candidate represent us in Sacramento. This is NOT a viral e-mail.
Dan from Danville
Joan Buchanan is less than useless and is a political hack at best. I am tired of politics as usual, and Ms. Buchanan is the local embodiment of this animal.
No one who actually reviews her record would vote for her, but since she carries the Democrat seal of approval, her record won't matter. This is a sad state of affairs when your political affiliation is more important than your record. Of course this mindset has gotten us into the position we find ourselves with little hope of it changing.
Shelby, a resident of Alamo
Bravo on the article. Yes - Joan Buhanan should resign.
Any candidate who - for greedy political ambitions - choses to abandon his/her responsibilities to their constituents, should step down and make room for someone more responsible to carry on the duties.
Ike, a resident of Danville
Alamo region and Iron Horse corridor e-exchanges are questioning demands for Joan's resignation. It appears that a campaign in Solano and Contra Costa counties is coordinating resignation demands among conservative Republican without specifying any issues beyond Joan's interest in the 10th Congressional District.
There are claims of Joan's lack of performance in a very dysfunctional State Assembly that is operated by party politics against any individual member's ability to progress resolution of fiscal and operational decisions. Each party is positioned against the other with no interest in the realities and immediacies of fiscal management. Just look at the May 19th propositions as examples of various special interests attempting to work around Senate and Assembly politics.
So, Joan is interested in resolution at the federal level using a congressional seat and, likely, staff to resolve fiscal issues for California and our region. That cannot be considered abandoning her promised fiscal responsibility and moderate political commitments because it is simply delivering those promises at a larger, more receptive level of government.
Our neighbors in your readership area want to know any in-depth issues that are the basis of calls for Joan's resignation. As Rachel wrote to the e-exchanges, "If successful results in the State Assembly are the criteria for Assembly Members to retain their seats, then likely all members should resign!"
I've said it before and I'll say it again. When you elect community activists instead of experienced business professionals this is what you get.
Rufous, a resident of Alamo
Politicians should be judged on what they accomplish as our public servants. A resume, once established, that can produce a record of dollars into the district is a politicians ticket to the next level of elected office. Working at gaining trust by showing competence and an ability to get things done on behalf of your constituents earns a person the right to stay in office; remember they stay in office because of "the consent of the governed."
Based on that criteria, and not how nice she is, but that criteria alone, one must question Joan Buchanon's irrational decision to run for Congress. She has been in elected state office barely 5 months. It is not like she is a seasoned legislative veteran. She has sponsored as far as one can tell, a single piece of legislation. She took no position during the budget votes, and to me most importantly, unlike Guy Houston, did not negotiate school equalization funding for SRVUSD. Please remember that Houston, a moderate republican, bought back millions during his tenure as our representative.
Buchanan, with her words, has clearly articulated that she is not really interested in serving in the State Assembly. And this comes at a most critical juncture. We need leadership in Sacto and Buchanan wants to bail for higher office. She is a political opportunist of the worst kind; all want no give.
DeSaulnier at least has a respectable multi-year track record of decent representation for his constituents (and I am not a supporter of his, never met the man).
Joan, and her supporters, wake up. This is not a swift boat attack. This is not a political attack. Those who call for her to resign, or at least rethink her decision, are citizens who would like honest, decent representation. Finish your 2 year term first and then let's see if you have the right stuff to represent us in Washington. Or dog catcher.
h. sachs, a resident of San Ramon
Joan should resign and in fact she should have never been voted into office. She is a typical self serving politician looking to feather her nest and couldn't care less about the job at hand. If you think other wise...well let's just say, you lack good judgment.
I commend David Abelmann, Shelby, Ike, Jacqueline, Rufous, H. Sachs for their input and I'm sure there are thousands more like us that believe Joan Buchanan is a total waste of time.
Julia, a resident of Alamo
Joan did the responsible thing by soliciting ideas from a group here on what steps should be taken to balance the CA Budget. No mention was made of her CD-10 candidacy. "coincidently," Lt. Governor is a featured speaker today at the Memorial Day Event in Civic Park. Mark DeSaulnier is also appearing at campaign events. None of these remarks should be interpreted as implying which candidate I support, including Nick Gerber and Tom Del Beccaro, quietly waiting in the wings for the Democrats to fight with each other. As responsible voters, we should engage our lawmakers in CA budget solutions. Think about the havoc of having to fill a vacancy in AD-15.
Ralph Hoffmann, a resident of Walnut Creek