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Blog: Jimmy Gomez—Wrong for the District, Deadly for Polar Bears

Assembly candidate Jimmy Gomez has taken contributions from an NRA lobbyist promoting the killing of polar bears, just the latest example how out of touch he is with the values of our community.

I joined a beautiful polar bear and a group of activists on the streets of Highland Park Thursday to call attention to an Assembly candidate’s dubious connection to the “harvesting” of the beleaguered and beloved creatures. Jimmy Gomez, running for the 51st district seat, has accepted money from a National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbyist who is working to weaken the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and allow the import of polar bear trophy skulls and pelts.

Gomez has taken nearly the maximum allowable contribution from this Washington, DC special interest operative. Do you want our district to stand for the slaughter of polar bears? I don’t.

Our group chanted on the sidewalks and in front of the Gomez campaign office in support of the bears and passed out well-documented information to responsive passersby. Nobody from the office cared to respond just as Gomez has had no comment as to why he accepted financial support from somebody so far afield from our values here in the 51st.

Our district cares about animals and has a history of representation by their strong advocates. Our support of animal rights is not for sale to the highest bidder.

It is no secret that the Gomez campaign is funded almost entirely by lobbyists and special interest donors from outside the district, as Gomez himself is from outside the district. If he knew about the residents he hopes to represent he would know we do not support the trophy hunting of any animals. However, with a complete lack of local support, Gomez should not be expected to know where we stand, which is exactly the problem.

We have one candidate, Luis Lopez, born and raised in the district and endorsed by the League of Humane Voters for his work on behalf of animals, and another who will take money from anyone to get elected, even if it runs counter to deeply-held views of the community.

The polar bear at our demonstration took off her suit and safely returned home when it was over. Her friends in the Arctic Circle may not be so lucky, and their stuffed heads may be showing up soon on a wall near you if Jimmy Gomez has anything to say about it.

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max October 28, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Hey, look at this--top two primaries working like they should. Here we have a race where in the old days, the most establishment-connected Democrat would've slithered to victory. Now we get to see the candidates held accountable for their deeds--including who they sell their candidacies to, and where they've spent their lives and careers. Seems pretty clear at this point that Luis Lopez is the candidate with real integrity and community values. I'm looking forward to seeing him elected.
Tom Mertz October 28, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Gomez is protesting on mailer after mailer that Luis is lying about him but unfortunately every last concern about Gomez is true and well-documented with public records. From the DA's investigation into his residency, his contributions from the gun lobby, and now his support of killing polar bears, it's clear Gomez has an agenda not in line with our values or best interests. Who knows what has yet to be uncovered about his shady connections?
preemero October 28, 2012 at 05:47 PM
What are these guys going to do for our community and district. I understand hunting polar bear is against your values but what does that have to do with eagle rock. I want to know what these clowns bring to the table. If one is bringing bear hides and the other is bringing dog pelts what's the difference. I understand your fear of nra guns hunters but that's not a fear we all share with you. So like I said why should we vote Luis, what's he gonna do for us beside not shoot your pet polar bear
Ari Ruiz October 28, 2012 at 05:49 PM
What a fantastic turn out in the Jimmy Gomez campaign, 14 people phone banking calling for the official candidate of the CA Democratic Party. Congratulations on your record and huge rally... of 6 people - it must be a record. BTW, is that real, fake fur??
Mark October 28, 2012 at 06:20 PM
^ Internet troll. Dude, elevate your politcal discussion. This sort of snarking is a sign of a carpetbagging Gomez campaign in distress.
Mark October 28, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Vote for the local guy Lopez over the carpetbagger Gomez! LOPEZ for STATE ASSEMBLY!
Mark October 28, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Jimmy Gomez is like Mitt Romney - he has no core beliefs and is beholden to Big Money.
Tom Mertz October 28, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Check out the links to Luis' website to find out everything he's been doing and plans to do. If you support polar bear hunting, Gomez might be the candidate for you, but the history of the district has been strongly pro-animal rights and remains so. I personally can't think of any reason why our local state representative should be in debt to a polar bear hunting lobbyist from Washington, DC. If Gomez has an explanation he should come out with it. This is merely an issue of transparency; we deserve to know who is supporting our candidates.
Tom Mertz October 28, 2012 at 06:36 PM
We put our demonstration together in a day and came up with nearly as many protesters as Gomez has phone bank volunteers, after 6 months of campaigning. As I'm sure you'd have to agree, it's not the size of the group that counts but the message they are putting out.
Tom Mertz October 28, 2012 at 06:55 PM
@Ari, Voters are taking notice that Jimmy has remained mum on every single question concerning his backers and his residency. Please put our concerns to rest by having him tell us how he came to take money from a polar bear hunting lobbyist and why this pro-animal district should trust Gomez to do right by animals in light of this. It's a simple question that any serious candidate should be able to answer about any of his financial supporters.
Ari Ruiz October 28, 2012 at 08:41 PM
@Mark: Distress? I'm sorry but did you see the June 5th Primary results of AD51? or Do you know which candidates use negative attacks? Answers: 1) I hope you did, Luis Lopez trailed Jimmy by 13.4% of the vote. 2) Negative campaigns are used as a sign of desperation and when the candidate cannot win on talking about the issues alone.
Tom Mertz October 28, 2012 at 10:35 PM
@Ari- Desperation is blaming the messenger and that is all you have done. If Jimmy can't handle the truth that is coming out about him as he tries to earn our votes, he's in the wrong business. And one more snark about the phone bank - 14 is not that impressive when you take into account that they are not, in fact, volunteers, but paid employees.
Tom Mertz October 29, 2012 at 01:40 AM
****crickets*****
erxicana October 29, 2012 at 09:56 PM
We just researched both candidates campaign contributions. If I were Luis Lopez I would point the finger back at myself. Who does his contributors represent.....non union, anti labor, republican lobbyist....shall I go on.
Carol October 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I have read on Patch the stuff about Jimmy Gomez moving into our district a little over one year ago with a bunch of nurse's union money behind him. I looked at the complaint filed with the District Attorney and I think it looks credible. So here's a question: Why would anyone vote for Jimmy Gomez if it seems likely the District Attorney might have a basis to prosecute Gomez for lying on his candidate statement application? Then we would have to go through ANOTHER ELECTION to replace Gomez when he is required to be removed from office. I find it particularly troubling that since this information came out, instead of answering the charges with evidence that it is a false charge, Gomez rolls out campaign mailers that attempt to smear Luis Lopez on the weakest of grounds: his day to day job with a healthcare company. Because Gomez is refusing to publicly answer the charges, I am going to save all of us a lot of trouble and heartache and vote for the local guy who at least knows when and where he has lived in the past few years.
Tom Mertz October 30, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Luis is rightfully proud of the vast coalition of local support he has put together thanks to his years of hard work in the community. People of all parties know he will put the district first as our representative and will not have to answer to special interest bosses. You don't win elections by appealing only to the special interests; they don't even live in the district. Luis is a proud, progressive, labor-supporting Democrat with the endorsement of many unions. If there is a specific contributor you have a question about, contact the campaign office and someone will be happy to address your concerns. Unlike Gomez, Luis believes in transparency.
Nick November 01, 2012 at 11:18 PM
It looks like Lopez just "Saved the Polar Bears!" (Read: Fonzie Jumped the Shark http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumping_the_shark)
Nick November 01, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Lopez has integrity like Karl Rove has a conscience.
Nick November 01, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention given that Lopez is busy saving the polar bears that perhaps he should secure an endorsement from the Sierra Club. http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2012/09/election_2012_sierra_club_political_endorsements
Tom Mertz November 03, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I don't know specifics as to why the Sierra Club endorsed Gomez, but I have a feeling that like most of his other endorsements it was pushed through by somebody indebted to UNAC, Jimmy's employer who gives out thousands of dollars to candidates. I have not seen anything in his bio that leads me to believe he is any sort of champion of the wilderness.
Tom Mertz November 03, 2012 at 11:19 PM
If not taking money from the polar bear hunting lobby is "saving" them, then yes, Luis is saving them, but he has never claimed such a thing.

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