Congressional District 45 was already going to become a competitive race in 2010 with the Democratic Party recruiting the mayor of Palm Springs Steve Pougnet to challenge her in the next general election. Now Congresswoman Bono-Mack is facing a potential party primary due to her vote on HR 2454 the American Clean Energy and Security Act. Only 8 spineless Republicans defected to help give the Democratic Party a bipartisan veneer with one of their agenda items for this year. Conservative activists are hoping that Bonnie Garcia or Jim Batlin runs against her next June so we can have a true Republican representing the 45th district.
Bono-Mack does recognize she will have a tough general election, but there are better ways for her to differentiate her self from a traditional Republican than draining working families and increasing their energy costs and hurting the prosperity of the American people. For example Palm Springs region has the 2nd most population of gay Californians in our state and she could of co-sponsored the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in HR 1283, co-sponsored the Uniting American Families Act HR 1024 and co-sponsoring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act HR 2981 instead of killing off the fiscal vitality of our nation.
It is unfortunate that one of the few socially inclusive congress members in the Republican Party may have to go down in defeat in a Republican Primary, but certain issues are not for compromise.