The liberal Democratic advocacy group "Americans for Democratic Action" gave McNerney a "Liberal Quotient" (the percentage of votes for liberal causes) of 95 percent. That is higher than notoriously liberal House members such as Barbara Lee, Maxine Waters and Lynn Woolsey (and even Ted Kennedy!). McNerney would be a fine Representative for Berkeley but he's out of touch with the 11th District.
It's no secret that McNerney came to office riding a wave of liberal money and influence from outside of the 11th District. He's done an admirable job of paying back that constituency, but he's so far out of step with the typical 11th District resident that even a disappointing candidate like Dean Andal is a better choice than McNerney.
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