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Rep. Elton Gallegly and Friends Operation Toy Drop 2012 Edition

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Elton Gallegly Rep. Elton Gallegly and Friends Operation Toy Drop 2011 Edition

Rep. Elton Gallegly lends a hand as the non-profit group For the Troops packs its 25,000th package for military men and women deployed overseas, October 2010.
Photo Credit Elton Gallegly’s Facebook.

My Congressman Elton Gallegly will be retiring from Congress in a number of weeks, but he is continuing spreading Christmas joy as he has for many, many years.

From the press release:

In a community thank you to military families at Naval Base Ventura County, the U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly and Friends Operation Toy Drop will once again present toys and food primarily to families who have a service member who has been deployed, is deployed or is scheduled to be deployed.

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 16, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Naval Base Ventura County, when Santa will arrive from the North Pole on an Air Force C-130 bearing gifts for the children.

WHO: Santa, Elton & Janice Gallegly and Friends

WHAT: Distribution of:

· Approximately 500 bicycles and small battery-operated cars

· Approximately 850 age- and gender-appropriate gift bags with toys and/or sporting goods

· 500 turkeys

WHY: To thank the families who also sacrifice when a loved one is deployed to defend the United States and all Americans.

Interested media are requested to contact Kimberly Gearhart, NBVC Public Affairs Officer at 805-989-9234 or kimberly.gearhart@navy.mil by 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, for access instructions.

Thank you, Congressman and Mrs. Janice Gallegly for all that you have done for Ventura County in your many years of service.

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SOPA: Why Rep. Elton Gallegly is Wrong on the Stop Online Piracy Act

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What SOPA and PIPA are at face value and what they could end up enabling

Elton, my friend, watch the video above and rewrite SOPA.

I know you are a co-sponsor of the legislation.
However, it is a bad and fatally flawed piece of legislation.

Many Republicans, including conservatives have withdrawn their support for SOPA and its Senate companion bill PIPA.

Nobody wants or likes online piracy. But this law, as currently written, is not the way to go.


CA-26: California State Senator Tony Strickland Announces His Congressional Candidacy

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Tony Strickland and his family, including former California Assemblywoman Audra Strickland

California State Senator Tony Strickland is in the race for CA-26.

From the press release:

Surrounded by family and supporters, State Senator Tony Strickland today announced his campaign for Congress in an event at the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum.

“I remember the most important lesson my father taught me: that it’s the duty for every generation to leave their community in a better place than they found it,” said Strickland. “And that’s why I’m asking to become your next Congressman.

I expect the campaign ahead to be spirited but I’m committed to uniting our community; Republicans, Democrats, and Independents behind policies that create jobs and economic opportunity for those struggling to make ends meet.”

Strickland also stressed the importance of maintaining a strong national defense and developing alternative energy sources.

“Send me to Congress, and I’ll stand up to those who want to weaken our military and threaten our defense related jobs,” he continued.

“Dependence on foreign energy sources makes our energy prices vulnerable and too reliant on unstable and sometimes hostile foreign regimes. We can no longer afford to fund both sides of a war. Energy independence is truly a national security issue,” he added.

Strickland announced at the Aviation Museum at the Camarillo Airport before a group of 100 or so supporters and Ventura County political activists. He joins previously announced candidates, Ventura County Supervisors Steve Bennett and Linda Parks, Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Jess Herrera, Moorpark City Councilman David Pollock, retired longshoreman Zeke Ruelas of Oxnard and businessman David Cruz Thayne of Westlake Village.

The seat is being vacated by long-time incumbent Congressman Elton Gallegly who has announced his retirement.

I will have video of the announcement later in the afternoon.

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CA-26: Rep Elton Gallegly to Retire – Tony Strickland, Steve Bennett and Linda Parks to Run

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I was in Santa Fe, New Mexico at a funeral when I received notice that long-time Republican Congressman and friend, Elton Gallegly was releasing that he was retiring.

When I was at Elton’s home a few weeks ago, I received the impression that this would be Elton’s choice. He did outlay the scenarios of re-election strategy, but I could see that his interests were elsewhere. He wants to start a new phase of his life – outside the Congress.

And, who can blame him?

Now, who will seek the seat?

California State Senator Tony Strickland a conservative Republican has informally announced his candidacy, along with Democrat Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett (Ventura Ojai). Moderate Republican Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks who represents the Thousand Oaks and Oak Park area has also informally announced her candidacy.

Plus, there are some other lesser known Democrats: business man David Cruz-Thayne and Moorpark City Council member David Pollock.

Remember the June primary election will be a top two process – whether it be Democrats or Republicans. Therefore, it is possible that the two Republicans Linda Parks and Tony Strickland could be running in the November general election.

There will be a lot more later, since this seat will be one of the few contested California Congressional races this cycle.