Local political activists rally outside Eshoo's office

Newly-formed Mid-Peninsula American Dream Council expresses frustration with 'money in politics'

About 50 local political activists sang, chanted and waved picket signs in front of U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's office Wednesday (Aug. 10) as part of a nationwide "Jobs Not Cuts" campaign organized by nonprofit liberal advocacy group

The rally was organized by the Mid-Peninsula American Dream Council (MPADC), a local coalition of supporters founded two weeks prior by citizens from the 12th and 14th congressional districts.

Most of the rally attendees had heard of the event via mailings, though some had met before at MPADC house meetings in San Mateo, San Carlos and Redwood City, they said.

Standing on the corner of Emerson Street and Forest Avenue, many protestors expressed their frustration with "money in politics," particularly related to job cuts. Several Core Council (founding) MPADC members gave speeches that articulated their concerns.

"I'm not excited to be here," said council coordinator Cilla Raughley, voicing her frustration with the Tea Party Patriots, whom she called "a small group of economic terrorists holding the country hostage."

"I'm here because I'm sick of hearing about dollars speaking louder than people," said Robin Hansen, a private voice instructor from San Mateo who described the group's shared sentiment as a "mad-as-hell, not-gonna-take-it-anymore feeling."

After the hour-long rally, six Core Council members were escorted into Eshoo's office building for a meeting with Eshoo's senior field representative Christine Padilla.

According to a statement by the office of Rep. Eshoo, "Congresswoman Eshoo thinks that President Obama should immediately call Congress back to Washington, D.C., and put forward his jobs plan. Additionally, Eshoo thinks that the President should insist that it be passed as soon as possible so we can put people back to work throughout the Peninsula and across the country."

A total of 254 rallies took place at congressional offices across the nation Wednesday, according to the website.


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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 11, 2011 at 11:32 am

These people think that Eshoo is too far to the right. It just shows how out of touch with realty they are.

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 11, 2011 at 11:34 am

"a small group of economic terrorists holding the country hostage."

Advocating that we live within our means makes us terrorists? Bwahahaha. These old biddies have really lost it.

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Posted by Mike Laursen
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm

How would Anna Eshoo go about creating jobs?

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Posted by @Mike
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm

"How would Anna Eshoo go about creating jobs?"

Maybe the campaign office they were protesting in front of has a few clerical openings.

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Posted by Yo
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Interesting: The Tea Party who supports a balanced budget is called "a small group of economic terrorists holding the country hostage." It just goes to show these activists are all socialist welfare recipients.

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

The first thing to be cut should be the endless ever-expanding war with against everybody that didn't get a Hannukah card from Bibi.

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Posted by jupiterk
a resident of Gemello
on Aug 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

isn't it outrageous that our local politicians like Eshoo, Difi, Boxer, Honda,Lofgren are all in the pockets of big silicon valley corporations and support their agenda 100% by helping them outsource and offshore all local jobs of US citiZens and permanent residents and turn around and act like they care about the jobless by keep extending a unemployment benefits. The democrats, republicans, moderates,conservatives, extreme liberals are all in the pockets of rich lobbyists supported by unions and big corporations. And we the stupid people keep electing the same crooks based on fringe issues like abortion,gay marriage,support for illegal immigrants,etc..

we deserve the worst politicians that we have for our stupidity.

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I guess that explains why I never get invited to political fund raisers. I have no money. Only people with lots of money get the invites and shell out big amounts as payment for something they are after in the future.

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Posted by dominick
a resident of Waverly Park
on Aug 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm

They think President Obama should recall congress. First you have to recall the president from his vacation. Or campaign trail

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Posted by oneMoreKick!!!
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 11, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Heck, why not?! Lets just keep kicking the can down the road and pushing our problems to our kids and future generations. The deficit is not worth talking about. The debt is worrisome but manageable. Future obligations will be our downfall. Economists place the unfunded future obligations somewhere between $50T and $210T. Total private wealth in America is roughly $50T. Total income of all Americans is roughly $8T annually. Anyone that thinks we can borrow our way out of our problems or simply raise taxes for a few years is out of their mind. Borrowing more money to "create" jobs has not worked, will not work. Time to cut spending and restructure future obligations. The things that need to be done will make whichever party is in power VERY unpopular, which means they will not get done. We are on a clear path for failure. I just fear for what 'failure' means.

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