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Josh Becker zooms ahead in cash raised

Original post made on Mar 23, 2010

Spurred by hefty contributions from entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and technologists, Josh Becker has taken a commanding fundraising lead over fellow Democrats Yoriko Kishimoto and Rich Gordon in the race for Ira Ruskin's seat in the 21st Assembly District.

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Posted by Gunther Steinberg
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Mar 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm

"Josh Becker zooms ahead in cash raised
Menlo Park venture capitalist widens lead over Kishimoto, Gordon in Assembly race"

Most people are disturbed about the effect of money in politics, especially in Washington DC, but like most media, the Almanac judges who is ahead in a political contest not by their stand or program, but by who has raised the most money,
Is that really the way to judge a person's fitness for an office?

In the governor's primary race, the same criterion is being used by the media. What impresses me is that someone is trying to buy a chance to run for an office and is supplementing their ample personal wealth with purely negative ads. Does that make them suitable for the office? NO !

When the media use campaign wealth as a criterion, they tend to influence a lot of potential, unthinking voters that this is a good thing. - It is actually the worst way the media can do their job. No analysis of what someone stands for. Just lazy reporting.

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Posted by Money Means Nothing
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Hear, hear Gunther. In addition to big money, Becker has no experience. Career politicians have their flaws but, neither Gordon or Kishimoto are career politicians. They are grass roots civic leaders who have spent time in the trenches, listening to people and making changes for the good for their constituents. Wealthy, successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who reach this description don't have the skills or temperament to slog through the slow turning wheels of government. Remember how many of these people quit the Clinton administration within 6 to 12 months.

Becker = Poizner.

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