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Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, speaks during the Solano Economic Development Corp. breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield, April 23. Garamendi spoke about “Washington and Solano.” (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

Fairfield

‘Driven’ Garamendi puts in long hours

By From page A1 | May 07, 2014

FAIRFIELD — At 8 a.m., he was the keynote speaker for a Hilton Garden Inn event at the Solano Town Center mall. Then Rep. John Garamendi met with residents at a noon-to-2 p.m. open house across from the County Government Center in Fairfield. Later that Wednesday, the congressional representative talked to Fairfield High School students.

It would be about a 17-hour day, he said, the same as Tuesday.

“I love my work,” said Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove.

“The days are long,” he said, “but the issues are very important.”

Rod Ferroggiaro, a Solano County Republican Central Committee member, says Garamendi does put in a full day.

“He works hard at what he does,” Ferroggiaro said of the Democratic congressman who represents the 3rd Congressional District that includes Fairfield, Suisun City and Vacaville.

But Garamendi’s long hours reflect that the district he represents isn’t safely in the Democratic camp, Ferroggiaro said, and that Republican challenger Dan Logue can win the seat.

“That’s what drives him,” Ferroggiaro said. “It’s not like San Francisco,” he said about the city where Democrats dominate politics. “I think he’s going to be working harder than he ever has,” Ferroggiaro said of Garamendi’s run for re-election in Solano and other counties in the congressional district.

Moreover, Solano County will be the political battleground in the June 3 primary and Nov. 4 election that follows, the GOP official said.

State Assemblyman Logue, R-Loma Rica, agrees and cites the 2006 election when Garamendi ran for lieutenant governor against Republican Tom McClintock. Garamendi trailed the GOP candidate in the counties that now make up the 3rd Congressional District while going on to win statewide, Logue said.

The 2012 election when Garamendi won the congressional seat reflects the benefit the Democrat received from President Barack Obama’s big re-election win in California, Logue said.

As for Garamendi’s long days, Logue said: “I do the same thing in Sacramento.”

The Republican said his campaign to unseat Garamendi won’t be personal but instead about the different ideas the two men hold.

Logue said he grows the economy, while Garamendi grows the government.

Monica Brown, vice chairwoman of the Solano County Democratic Central Committee, said Garamendi displayed the same devotion to work when he was lieutenant governor and state insurance commissioner.

“That’s John all the time,” Brown said. “A 17-hour day is not anything new.”

“He always does his homework,” she said. “You’re talking to somebody who understands agriculture, who understands the military.”

Garamendi, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where he played football, began his political career in 1974 as a state assemblyman. After 40 years, he’s not looking for a quiet golf course and a comfortable retirement.

“I never had time for golf,” he said.

The issues of defense, the drought and national security are demanding but compelling, the congressman said.

“I wouldn’t trade it for a golf course,” he said of his work.

Yes, the congressman said, he does make it to a lot of events.

“If they think that’s good politics,” he said of Republicans, “they’re right.”

GOP official Ferroggiaro hopes that the Democratic congressman has to end his political career after a Logue victory.

“He’s got some negatives,” Ferroggiaro said of Garamendi, citing the congressman’s voting record that he said matches Democrat Nancy Pelosi, D-San San Francisco.

Moreover, politics is a volatile world where “a week is a year” and what seems certain can be undone in a second.

Still, the Republican Central Committee member said the incumbent Democrat is a formidable foe.

“You don’t every underestimate John Garamendi,” Ferroggiaro said. “He’s very politically savvy.”

Garamendi said re-election, not retirement, is his goal.

“I’ll die in the saddle,” he said of sticking with politics and public service.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

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  • http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/200059-several-lobbyists-say-theyre-ready-to-support-a-hillary-clinton-whiteMay 06, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    In General Google...Ellen Tauscher Benghazi.....See.K Street gears up for Hillary | TheHill .... Tauscher worked with arms control with Hillary? also talks about K street lobbists and the Hillary Super Pac.... Wikipedia Ellen Tauscher... and remember Mr. Garamendi is close to the Clintons, and that the First World Trade Center Bombings and Oklahoma City Bombings were False Flags.... and they are not telling us that 9/11 was an inside job....and Mr. Garamendi said there is no Agenda 21 in this administration..... I want to ask Mr. Garamendi about the Chemtrails.... Why the Chemtrails Mr. Garamendi? You were a Secretary of the Interior... you must know something about Geoengineering? You have Grandchildren correct? They are spraying toxic substances on your Grandkids... Do you not care about this? Google... Don't talk about the weather and What in the world are they spraying... or youtube Chemtrails..... WAKE UP PEOPLE...

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  • Rich GiddensMay 07, 2014 - 6:44 am

    Johnny doesn't answer our questions.

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  • PornacMay 07, 2014 - 7:34 am

    Work, work, work, work!

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  • Rudy MadronichMay 07, 2014 - 8:32 am

    So Mr Garamendi is the only one that works hard and long hours. I guess those that are lucky to have jobs and are doing what ever they can to support their families do not work as hard or as long hours as he does. I guess with obamacare people do not have to work as hard or for that matter not work at all. So they can pursue their dreams. The only thing Mr Garamendi is working hard at is keeping his job by keeping people dependent on the government for their every need.

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  • JagMay 07, 2014 - 9:14 am

    Works Hark? The guy showed up to the Hilton probable had a really nice breakfast talked for an hour climbed into a car probable had a few drinks and showed up to the next place spoke again and went to lunch? Yes that is hard work

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  • Rich GiddensMay 07, 2014 - 10:36 am

    The daily republic doesn't ask tough questions of him and has their government rump kissing brown noses on display again. Disgusting.

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  • JDMay 07, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    I didn't think I liked John Garamendi...... UNTIL I heard RICH (crazy attention whore) GIDDEONS comment that he wasn't a John G fan, then I automatically changed my vote. Dos this guy have anything to do but to harass innocent people, police and everything else normal. GET A LIFE.. DICK GIDDEON Attention Pigeon

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  • Rich GiddensMay 07, 2014 - 3:12 pm

    I used to press the ''report abusive comment'' button but my fingers are sore from doing so....LOL!

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  • Rich GiddensMay 07, 2014 - 3:15 pm

    Hey JD....If Tax'n'spendimendi were black you would vote for him....LOL!

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  • Rich GiddensMay 07, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    Hahaha! Let me guess----Johnny voted to not hold Lois Lerner in contempt.

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