Does NV-3 speak loud and clear on 2012…

by Datechguy | July 19th, 2012

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Does NV-3 speak loud and clear on 2012...

This morn­ing we talked about that National Jour­nal arti­cle con­cern­ing House races as evi­dence of trou­ble for Obama. A sharp-​eyed reader might note I didn’t cite the Nv-​3 race as evi­dence of Obama’s weakness.

Ah HA! the left might say, You left that dis­trict out of your post, is it because there’s evi­dence in that race, a race named in the party’s Red to Blue pro­gram, that con­tra­dicts your premise?

Glad you asked.

As the arti­cle cited pro­vided no evi­dence either way lets take a look at the two can­di­dates web sites, their sin­gle biggest per­ma­nent pub­lic plat­form for clues.

We’ll start with the Incum­bent Joe Heck His web site has a very promi­nent page labeled Issues page the very first item listed is Oba­macare:

HEALTH CARE

The Obama health care take over hurts patients and cuts $500 bil­lion from Medicare. Joe Heck is fight­ing for a bet­ter alter­na­tive. Joe Heck’s solu­tion sup­ports Nevada’s fam­i­lies by pro­tect­ing the patient-​physician rela­tion­ship and reduc­ing health care costs. Joe Heck is work­ing to pro­tect Medicare for Nevada’s seniors and pre­serve it for future generations.

Although he also hits both energy and reg­u­la­tion, both key issues the very first men­tion in the very first attack is “Obama”.

His “News” page only has four entries but three of those four entries directly hit “Obama” or “Obamacare”

Clearly Dr. Heck is a con­gress­man who has no prob­lem going after Pres­i­dent Obama.

Now lets take a look at his oppo­nent John Oceguera.

He doesn’t have an “issues” page on his web site. So I dug into the site and found his: News and updates page. If you go back to May you can find a post called: What I stand for that includes sup­port for Gay Mar­riage, pulling troops out of Afghanistan and join­ing in on the “War of Women” meme that was big a few months ago.

If you look at a series of state­ments here is what you find:

On Immi­gra­tion:

Mov­ing for­ward, we need to imple­ment common-​sense solu­tions that start with secur­ing the bor­der, and crack down on employ­ers traf­fick­ing in undoc­u­mented immigrants.

and that’s what he says while back­ing this admin­is­tra­tions policy.

On the Supreme Court’s Oba­macare rul­ing he put out a state­ment say­ing it’s time “Wash­ing­ton Moved on”. When Con­gress­man Heck voted for repeal he said:

Instead of focus­ing on get­ting our econ­omy back on track and get­ting Nevadans back to work, Joe Heck and House Repub­li­cans voted for the 31st time to go back to a time when insur­ance com­pa­nies dic­tated patient care deci­sions. I’m shocked, but not surprised.

Not a direct endorse­ment of Obamacare

That’s all inter­est­ing but the ques­tion remains: “Is there any­thing on this site that directly speaks to the National race? The answer lies not in what is eas­ily found on his site, but what is not.

John Oceguera is run­ning in a dis­trict with “a sig­nif­i­cant His­panic pop­u­la­tion”, a demo­graphic where Obama’s sup­pos­edly leads Rom­ney bet­ter than 3 – 1 against a Tea Party oppo­nent in one of the few states where the left one a close race dur­ing the “Big Red Wave” of 2010.

So in that envi­ron­ment in the last year of entries has John Oceguera, a man the Demo­c­rat party named to “a list of pri­or­ity can­di­dates” men­tion Pres­i­dent Obama the party leader on his site?

Once on April 17th in an entry titled…

Rea­gan was right

I rest my case.

Oh BTW I gave the Oceguera cam­paign a call early this morn­ing. I got a call back from a fel­low named Adam Weiss who while a Yan­kee Fan gave me a bunch of time and was very forthcoming.

I asked him about the sin­gle Obama appear­ance on the web site. He said it was not by design and noted that the can­di­date had appeared at sev­eral Obama office open­ings (although not with the pres­i­dent him­self). I asked if he was plan­ning to go to the con­ven­tion and he said the can­di­date would do bet­ter talk­ing to vot­ers and focus­ing on Con­gress­man Heck’s record.

I also asked if his would sup­port the repeal of Oba­macare if elected. He said no but demurred on if Mr. Oceguera would have voted for Oba­macare say­ing he is look­ing at the future not the past. Their focus is Con­gress­man Heck and in a dis­trict that has a close split in terms of registration.

None of this sug­gests his cam­paign wrong in doing this, in fact If I was Adam I’d be doing the same thing. Focus on my opponent’s record, don’t nation­al­ize the race, empha­sis your own strengths.

But as a sign of where things are going for Pres­i­dent Obama…be afraid Democ­rats, be VERY Afraid.

Update: I don’t know what I must have against the National Jour­nal that I can’t tell them from the National Post or National review. Cor­rected. Thanks to reader J.M. Hein­rich for the Catch.

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This morning we talked about that National Journal article concerning House races as evidence of trouble for Obama. A sharp-eyed reader might note I didn’t cite the Nv-3 race as evidence of Obama’s weakness.

Ah HA! the left might say, You left that district out of your post, is it because there’s evidence in that race, a race named in the party’s Red to Blue program, that contradicts your premise?

Glad you asked.

As the article cited provided no evidence either way lets take a look at the two candidates web sites, their single biggest permanent public platform for clues.

We’ll start with the Incumbent Joe Heck His web site has a very prominent page labeled Issues page the very first item listed is Obamacare:

HEALTH CARE

The Obama health care take over hurts patients and cuts $500 billion from Medicare. Joe Heck is fighting for a better alternative. Joe Heck’s solution supports Nevada’s families by protecting the patient-physician relationship and reducing health care costs. Joe Heck is working to protect Medicare for Nevada’s seniors and preserve it for future generations.

Although he also hits both energy and regulation, both key issues the very first mention in the very first attack is “Obama”.

His “News” page only has four entries but three of those four entries directly hit “Obama” or “Obamacare”

Clearly Dr. Heck is a congressman who has no problem going after President Obama.

Now lets take a look at his opponent John Oceguera.

He doesn’t have an “issues” page on his web site. So I dug into the site and found his: News and updates page. If you go back to May you can find a post called: What I stand for that includes support for Gay Marriage, pulling troops out of Afghanistan and joining in on the “War of Women” meme that was big a few months ago.

If you look at a series of statements here is what you find:

On Immigration:

Moving forward, we need to implement common-sense solutions that start with securing the border, and crack down on employers trafficking in undocumented immigrants.

and that’s what he says while backing this administrations policy.

On the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling he put out a statement saying it’s time “Washington Moved on”. When Congressman Heck voted for repeal he said:

Instead of focusing on getting our economy back on track and getting Nevadans back to work, Joe Heck and House Republicans voted for the 31st time to go back to a time when insurance companies dictated patient care decisions. I’m shocked, but not surprised.

Not a direct endorsement of Obamacare

That’s all interesting but the question remains: “Is there anything on this site that directly speaks to the National race? The answer lies not in what is easily found on his site, but what is not.

John Oceguera is running in a district with “a significant Hispanic population”, a demographic where Obama’s supposedly leads Romney better than 3-1 against a Tea Party opponent in one of the few states where the left one a close race during the “Big Red Wave” of 2010.

So in that environment in the last year of entries has John Oceguera, a man the Democrat party named to “a list of priority candidates” mention President Obama the party leader on his site?

Once on April 17th in an entry titled…

Reagan was right

I rest my case.

Oh BTW I gave the Oceguera campaign a call early this morning. I got a call back from a fellow named Adam Weiss who while a Yankee Fan gave me a bunch of time and was very forthcoming.

I asked him about the single Obama appearance on the web site. He said it was not by design and noted that the candidate had appeared at several Obama office openings (although not with the president himself). I asked if he was planning to go to the convention and he said the candidate would do better talking to voters and focusing on Congressman Heck’s record.

I also asked if his would support the repeal of Obamacare if elected. He said no but demurred on if Mr. Oceguera would have voted for Obamacare saying he is looking at the future not the past. Their focus is Congressman Heck and in a district that has a close split in terms of registration.

None of this suggests his campaign wrong in doing this, in fact If I was Adam I’d be doing the same thing. Focus on my opponent’s record, don’t nationalize the race, emphasis your own strengths.

But as a sign of where things are going for President Obama…be afraid Democrats, be VERY Afraid.

Update: I don’t know what I must have against the National Journal that I can’t tell them from the National Post or National review. Corrected. Thanks to reader J.M. Heinrich for the Catch.

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