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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Battered on TV for Her ‘Inaction’

Ads attack her record on taxes, regulation and the San Joaquin water shutdown.

A year before she faces California’s voters again, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is taking some sharp hits on her voting record.  What makes the broadside against Feinstein most newsworthy is that they are coming from a conservative Republican who has already ruled out a race against her: Rep. Devin Nunes of the Central Valley.
 
But for the past five weeks, Nunes has overseen the production and running of TV spots highlighting Feinstein’s record on water issues, taxes and regulation.
 
“These are things which directly impact on the Central Valley and its people,” Nunes Chief of Staff Johnny Amaral told HUMAN EVENTS yesterday.  “And when you have 40% unemployment in some parts out here, you understand why we’re getting such a strong response to the spots—and why all Feinstein’s people can do is badmouth Congressman Nunes.”
 
The Nunes broadsides have focused most on what Amaral calls “her inaction—or unwillingness to act—on the San Joaquin water issue.  Because of the rules in the ESA [Endangered Species Act], and one particular kind of fish was supposedly in danger of being killed—and this has never been proven—the water pumps were shut off at a time when Democrats controlled the House and Senate and presidency, everything.  When the pumps are off, the farms dry up, and that’s why you have the current water crisis in The Valley.
 
“We’ve had year after year of inaction because Sen. Feinstein and her fellow liberal Democrats put a fish ahead of farmers.”
 
Has there been a response to the spots putting the face of Feinstein—at 78 and after more than four decades in office, the senior Democrat in the Golden State—on this crisis?  Sources in The Valley told HUMAN EVENTS that not only are Nunes’ commercials drawing an enthusiastic response, but that Democrats seeking local office are no longer saying they are more like Feinstein and less like Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California’s junior Sen. Barbara Boxer and other unabashedly left-of-center Democrats.
 
“For years, moderate Democrats running for office have said they are more like Feinstein [lifetime American Conservative Union rating: 8.53%] and less like Boxer [lifetime ACU rating: 2.96%],” noted Johnny Amaral.  “But they are not saying that anymore.  They’re realizing Feinstein isn’t that much different from Boxer—and just as bad for the Central Valley.”

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ?ť and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ?ť and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â?ť video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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