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Congressman DeSaulnier holding town hall meeting in Danville

Original post made on May 11, 2017

Second-term U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) is set to host a public town hall meeting at the Danville Community Center this Thursday night.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 3:18 PM

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on May 11, 2017 at 8:47 am

Mark: Some questions for you:

(1) You often note in interviews you consider yourself a historian and history buff. Explain then why despite a long precedent of history of Congresspersons attending the Presidential Inauguration, despite their differences with the President, as a sign of respect for the Office of the Presidency and intent to work with him on common issues, you did not attend the Inauguration of President Trump?

(2) You are a Representative of my district, and as such, are suppose to represent me, your constituent, and not represent your political party. By publicly making such a loud point of not attending the Inauguration of the President Trump, didn't you do a disservice to your constituents, as won't your disrespect of President Trump lead to him sending infrastructure projects, such as roads and bridges and highway jobs, to other regions where the local congressperson attended the Inauguration? Won't your public disrespect of him cost us good paying union construction jobs for new federal projects?

(3) When California was run by a Republican Governor, Governor Pete Wilson, you said you were a Republican, you donated $200,000 to the United Republican Finance Committee of Contra Costa County, which led to Governor Wilson appointing you to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. However, when California subsequently become a Democratic controlled state, you suddenly became a Democrat to get elected, and now you have a voting record of being one of the most liberal congresspersons in the nation. How does someone go from being an active Republican donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Republican party, to suddenly becoming a liberal? Isn't it true you simply change your party to benefit yourself politically?

I would love to hear from Mark on these issues, as I am sure his other constituents would.

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Posted by American2
a resident of Alamo
on May 11, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Dear Rep. DeSaulnier,

I am writing to express my respect and admiration for your representing our constitution and American values in the face of Donald Trump's overt disregard for both.

1. As most of us in this land as descendants of immigrants, I appreciate that you did not attend the inauguration and normalize Donald Trump's anti-muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric while Trump relatives were selling American citizen membership in China.

2. To the degree that your refusal to "kiss the ring" in the vain hope that Trump will reward this with infrastructure spending, I applaud your principled stance to not trading our self respect for the possibility of being rewarded with our own money back should an infrastructure spending plan (other than the useless wall) ever materialize.

3. As a Republican who voted for Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush but then watched our Grand Old Party depart from our American values in favor of the special interests of a small minority, I can appreciate the courage that it takes to vote according to one's principles despite a changing political environment.

My question for you is what more can we do to shore up our democracy before Trump hands us over to Russia and China to exchange for his trademark royalties?

Thank you for your wise and principled leadership.

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Posted by Diane
a resident of Danville
on May 11, 2017 at 3:36 pm

Dear Representative DeSaulnier: Ditto what American2 asked.

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Posted by Renae Wilber
a resident of Danville
on May 11, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Thank you for standing up against the most dangerous President in our history. I for one appreciate your conviction and willingness to stand behind that very conviction, which represents "we the people".

Thank you for not attending the inauguration, which send a message loud and clear.

Now, moving on...

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on May 11, 2017 at 5:14 pm

DeSaulnier does not represent me or my views and never has. He is way too far on the left.

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Posted by dbrower
a resident of Alamo
on May 12, 2017 at 10:00 am

We attended last nights meeting in Danville with 200+ others. We didn't notice any particular criticism, as the crowd was essentially supportive with much applause. This was notably different than reports we've seen from from meetings with other representatives (notably MacArthur in NJ).

It was intriguing to note that the people who showed up in person seemed to have a very different frame of mind that many of the consistently critical comments here.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on May 12, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Ref dbrower's comment above, who would bother to waste their time going to the trouble of attending a meeting where the speaker (DeSaulnier) is totally out of sync with your own political views and does not even pretend to represent you.

This is just California in a microcosm, where there is a dictatorship of overwhelming single party rule, where liberal views/politics step on critical thinking conservatives. Berkeley is a good example of the intolerance of liberals & liberal thinking. Beware liberals, the tide is turning.

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on May 13, 2017 at 7:21 am

As expected, no response from Mark or his aides to my questions and concerns. He is more concerned with keeping Nancy Pelosi happy than his actual constituents.I would strongly encourage any middle of the road Democrat politician who actually cares about their constituents to run for his seat. He is vulnerable, as his constituents in Danville and Alamo are fed up with his extreme liberal voting record and being non-responsive to their opinions, and Republicans will gladly donate $ and vote for a middle of the road Democrat rather than him. A middle of the road Democrat will also get independent voters and middle of the road Democrat voters, who are fed up with Mark's extreme liberal voting record and grandstanding that costs our region good paying union construction jobs. If you are a union construction worker and want good paying federal infrastructure projects here locally don't ever vote for Mark as his blatant disrespect of the President will guarantee they don't come here!

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on May 15, 2017 at 11:24 am

Stay strong, Mark. This president's time in office is rapidly winding down.

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Posted by Hmmmm
a resident of Danville
on May 15, 2017 at 2:38 pm

@American, are you saying that the Federal government will withhold funding for local infrastructure projects because of what you consider to be a liberal agenda? Seriously?

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Posted by JRM
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on May 15, 2017 at 4:23 pm

Well, anyone who has followed his posts over the years know his views, and I always enjoy reading his posts although I rarely agree with him it is an interesting glimpse into the catholic right philosophy and I appreciate him revealing it. It is interesting that he has chosen the moniker "American" as though he speaks for American citizens all....hummmm...hubris maybe?

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