Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Pombo Debate & the Theatre of the Absurd

[Glenn Moore/Tracy Press]

If you're involved in politics it sure helps to have a sense of humor:

The Tracy Press-sponsored event that began at 7 p.m. most notably featured the three Republicans running for the 11th Congressional District, Pete McCloskey, Tom Benigno and incumbent Rep. Richard Pombo, as well as Republican candidates for the 17th Assembly District, Suzanne Tucker and Gerard “Gerry” Machado.

The most physical moment of the evening occurred when Al Hainel, dressed as Abraham Lincoln — stovepipe hat and all — had a brief pushing match with a volunteer from Pombo’s supporters.

Hainel tried to entice the gathering to oppose Pombo and support his candidate, McCloskey.

“I came all the way out of the 19th century looking for a man of honesty and integrity, and I believe Pete McCloskey is such a man. I want to feel proud of my country.”

The majority of the volunteers stood quietly and held signs with just the name of a particular candidate.

Oh yes, when covering political events these days it's good form to point out "the most physical moment of the evening." Bet this was also "the most ludricrous moment of the evening," but you never know.

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