Rep. Barbara Lee Campaigns In San Leandro

Packs the Zocalo Coffeehouse with backers.


Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), whose congressional district now includes San Leandro, packed the Zocalo Coffeehouse in a Saturday morning campaign event that brought out about 100 supporters of her progressive brand of politics.

Lee was the only member of either house of Congress to vote against the legislation, passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, that authorized the President to use force against any nation or group "to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States."

Relaxed and poised among a semicircle of supporters, Lee referenced the vote Saturday, saying that she could not support what amounted to a blank check letting the President go to war against any nation.

Lee, 66, is considered one of the most progressive members of Congress, and on the flip side is deemed one of the least friendly to conservative causes.

In the June primary election, she will face two conservative opponents: Marilyn Singleton, who advertises no party affilitation, and Justin Jelincic, who describes himself as a conservative Democrat and "Bible believing Christian."

Lee won re-election in 2010 with 84 percent of the vote in her former Congressional district.

Lee, who described herself Saturday as a person of faith, also said she strongly favored the separation of church and state and was concerned with what she described as the increasing intrusion of religion into politics.

"There is a war on women," Lee said, which included attempts to "take us back to the days of back alley abortions."

Local elected officials in attendance included Mayor Stephen Cassidy and Council Members Ursula Reed, Jim Prola and Pauline Cutter.

Patch blogger Craig Williams, who was among those in the audience, raised the issue of income inequality, which he made into .

The event was taped for the San Leandro Bytes web site. A link will be added when the tape is posted.

Zocalo co-owner Tim Holmes published a photo gallery of the event, including many shots of the audience.

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Rochelle Conner April 20, 2012 at 06:58 PM
So let's vote her out! We the people have the power to change the status quo. I believe it was Mark Twain who said "Politicians are like dirty diapers and need to be changed for the same reason." Hear! Hear!
jan carson April 23, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Let's stop talking about the past and dwell on the present and future, because we need to get off this downward spiral..! We need intelleigence and fairness in the 13th district and Marylin Singelton is the answer, period...! You know when someone has been in office as long as Barbara Lee has, you are bound to be complacient and lose site of what can most help the people in your district and push your own agenda. WE SIMPLY NEED A CHANGE. Give me reason for why not...?
Marilyn Singleton April 24, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Thanks, Jan! It's good to know people are starting to get wise to career politicians. SingletonForCongress.org; marilyn@singletonforcongress.com
Jim Faison April 26, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Men and Boys Commision is long overdue!! Lee does not realize that 65% of bachelor and masters degree grads are now women!! Realizing (unbelievably) that mostly men go to prison, war, and die on the streets, fairly obvious in Oakland. Her former clerk, Sandre' Swanson went to the Assembly wasting 6 years, voted for spending bills, said he supports 'children', and was against underage female prostitution (who wouldn't) He will spend his war chest to help Lee, and likely other Dems when not 'fundraising' as a lame duck. He often appears with Ms. Lee, grieving at the loss of a parolee (like Oscar Grant, Levon Mixon) even Trayvon Martin was fodder for his 'grief'; the media was eager to put him on the TV News.
Jim Faison February 08, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Then why did Sandre' Swanson drop out of the race against Loni Hancock? And why is he now Vice Mayor of Oakland. Quan people been pushing Sandre for YEARS! as she needs the block vote!! What about his $250K campaign account? He will now go after the Senate seat, and Quan will endorse him. He lives in the nearly lily white Alameda, is over 75 years old, and worked for Barbara Lee's Congressional office in Oakland in the 1990s, like Lee did for Dellums (who might have done something about crime in Oakland rather than closing military bases due to his Left/Socialist cut back on the Military stance as a member of the Armed Services Committee. The military is gone from the BAY AREA, but gang violence, drop out rate, and deaths of the obvious 'less intelligent' with whom Ms. Lee does not share her 'intelligence'. That isn't FAIR, if we want to bandy that word around.


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