Ari Noonan of "Front Page Online" in Culver City offered up some winning points on Bill Bloomfield's independent run for Congress:
Unlike certain national candidates, the retired Manhattan Beach entrepreneur has accentuated the positive and eliminated the negative, a concept that an imaginative songwriter might set to music someday. He tells audiences what he plans to do in Washington to dislodge legislative gridlock instead of attacking his rival.
This tack of positive at all costs versus negative for any gains is a tough balancing act.
Bloomfield really pulled it off. Negative commercials, if any, point to Waxman's connection with the "swamp" of partisan politics or his contribution to the massive debt.
Of course, I have not been nearly so kind. But I am not the one running for Congress.
Apparently, Bloomfield has been fulfilling the office of legislator without actually taking a seat in a legislature. Instead of spending taxpayer dollars, he has invested his own money in numerous causes, from tort reform to gang-prevention to improving inner city schools to assisting the plight of women in third-world countries.
Henry Waxman has passed laws. Laws do not improve the world. Free people, free enterprise, and freedom makes the world a better place, and a man who is willing to spend his wealth freely for the greater good -- all power to him.
If there had been objective polling in the new 33rd Congressional District – which blends parts of Mr. Waxman’s old Westside (emphasize Beverly Hills) enclaves with Mr. Bloomfield’s more familiar South Bay territory – Mr. Bloomfield’s Favorables would outweigh his Unfavorables about 98 to 2.
This statistic escapes me, but any good news is good news worth taking on. I have received numerous reports that Bloomfield is within striking distance of Congressman Henry Waxman. That turn of events in itself should galvanize every reluctant Democrat and Independent, along with every Republican who does not like Waxman (all of them!) to get the word out, get out the vote, and get Waxman out of office.
That also happened to be the gaping margin that Mr. Waxman held over him at the formal start of their campaign after they finished 1-2 in the June primary. Everyone Knew the name “Waxman,” and despite the fact Mr,. Bloomfield has lived here for all of his 62 years and been immensely successful in commerce, his circle was much more modest.
Like many incumbents in lopsided districts against the other major party, name recognition and incumbency was enough to carry over into another term in office. With open primaries, citizen redistricting, and a diligent crowd of independents with more than a fighting change, long-time legislators like Henry Waxman could no longer hide behind the color of the majority in their own districts.
To Bill Bloomfield, than you for putting up a real fight against Henry "The Taxman" Waxman. Every conservative voter in the South Bay is rooting for you. Get out there and take the seat!