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Rep. Elton Gallegly and Friends Operation Toy Drop Deliver to Military Families on Sunday

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U.s. Rep. Elton Gallegly’s wife, Janice counts assembled toys at their Simi Valley residence for Sunday’s delivery by Santa

And, Santa is arriving in an Air Force C-130.

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. 4, 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. (Interested media are requested to call Vance Vasquez, Naval Base Ventura County Public Affairs Office, at (805) 989-8095 by COB on Thursday Dec. 1.)

And, Rep. Gallegly, his friends and family will distribute:

  • Approximately 500 bicycles, battery-operated quads, and tricycles
  • Approximately 750 age- and gender-appropriate gift bags with toys and/or sporting goods

In addition, food to be distributed on another date will include:

  • 400 hams
  • 400 Marie Callender’s pies
  • 2,000 pounds of potatoes

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend, since I will be in Las Vegas running the Las Vegas Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. But, this will be a fine event.

I want to thank the Congressman and his wife, Janice for showing me around their home last Saturday.

And, the big exit question: Will Rep. Gallegly be running for re-election next year? If so, then which Congressional District?

This was discussed, but will have to wait for another post  – I don’t want to detract from Santa’s arrival.

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Rep. Elton Gallegly and Friends Operation Toy Drop 2011 Edition

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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.

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.Media will have three opportunities to cover the events:

  • Saturday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the home of Elton and Janice Gallegly in Simi Valley, when about 30 volunteers will package 3,500 toys and sporting goods into 750 age- and gender-appropriate gift bags.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3, Time TBD, Simi Valley to Navy Base Ventura County,  when Navy personnel will transport the bicycles, tricycles, battery-operated quads and gift bags to Navy Base Ventura County
  • Sunday, Dec. 4, 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. (Interested media are requested to call Vance Vasquez, Naval Base Ventura County Public Affairs Office, at (805) 989-8095 by COB on Thursday Dec. 1.)

And, why?

To thank those families who also sacrifice when their loved one is deployed to protect all of us Americans.

What a worthy charity.

So what will be distributed?

  •  Approximately 500 bicycles, battery-operated quads, and tricycles
  • Approximately 750 age- and gender-appropriate gift bags with toys and/or sporting goods

In addition, on Saturday, Dec. 3, food to be distributed will include:

  • 400 hams
  • 400 Marie Callender’s pies
  • 2,000 pounds of potatoes

For more information, media can contact Tom Pfeifer, thomas.pfeifer@verizon.net

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Rep. Elton Gallegly: Our Friends in Israel Deserve Better

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Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Camarillo) and Romanian Minister of Defense Ioan Micrea Pascu

My Congressman, Elton Gallegly has criticized President Obama regarding his recent comments about Israeli Priminister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Sometimes an overheard comment sheds some light on the truth. That certainly was the case at the G-20 economic meeting in France recently when French President Sarkozy and President Obama discussed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“I cannot stand him. He is a liar,” Sarkozy said of Netanyahu. In apparent agreement, Obama replied, “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day.”

While the French and American presidents have previously and repeatedly voiced their strong support and friendship for Israel while in public, their candid comments, which they thought were private, make you wonder about their own veracity, if not their hypocrisy.

The Sarkozy and Obama comments also make you wonder: If they don’t like working with Israel’s prime minister, which world leaders do they like? The Palestinian’s Abbas? Russia’s Putin? Syria’s Assad? Or Iran’s Ahmadinejad? Do Sarkozy and Obama think these leaders are more honest than Benjamin Netanyahu, who won his office in a fair and open democratic election?

Gallegly has a point, no?

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CA-26: Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett to Announce Candidacy for Congress

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Today, Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett, a former Ojai High School teacher and administrator will announce he will run for Congress next year. The Ventura County Star has the full story.

Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett has scheduled a speech at Patagonia headquarters at noon today at which he is expected to announce he will be a candidate for Congress next year.

Bennett, a Democrat, is scheduled to speak with employees of the renowned Ventura-based outdoor gear company, and sources close to the supervisor said this morning he will make his announcement at that time.

The announcement will end months of intense speculation as Bennett, who will be forced to end his service on the Board of Supervisors, has weighed the pros and cons of staking his political future on a run for the new 26th Congressional District seat.

He will join Moorpark City Councilman David Pollock and Westlake Village businessman David Cruz Thayne as announced Democratic candidates in the race, which is expected to be highly competitive and attract national attention as one of the nation’s key congressional battlegrounds in 2012.

No Republican has yet announced, as potential candidates await an announcement from Rep. Elton Gallegly of Simi Valley as to whether he will choose to seek a 14th term by running in that district.

Bennett will likely face off against either incumbent GOP Rep. Elton Gallegly or GOP California State Senator Tony Strickland.

My bet, although it is not the conventional wisdom, is that Gallegly will be running against Bennett come November 2012.

Here are the demographics of the 26th Congressional District:

And, how the CD performed:

This race may very well be a key national battleground with a very competitive Congressional District. I look for an expensive campaign easily into the $ millions.
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