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Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack Gathers with Supporters

Al Vasquez

La Prensa Hispana

Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack attended a special gathering of friends and supporters hosted by long time community leader and friend Richard Oliphant of the Lincoln Club of Indian Wells.

What was initially thought would be a relatively small group of supporters turned out to be a full house with over 150 in attendance. Richard Oliphant expressed surprise so many supporters were able to attend during this hot summer when so many leave for vacation. Mary Bono Mack supporters were anxious to demonstrate support and hear from the Republican congresswoman getting ready for her re-election in 2010.

The congresswoman explained her support of the controversial Cap and Trade Bill stating California already has stringent energy controls and would not be largely affected by taxation. In her congressional district there are many sources available to produce new energy including solar, geo-thermal and wind. Contrary to other areas in the United States, the congresswoman sees her 45th congressional district as positioned to take advantage of job creation by capitalizing on the innovative technology the new sources of energy would create. With Riverside County suffering un-employment numbers similar to Detroit, creating opportunities for new employment is crucial.

Supporters were impressed with her candid responses and the great amount of knowledge she has acquired as a member of the energy committee.

Also in attendance was Jon Edney the Republican candidate for the 80th Assembly District who is President of the Southern California Association of Governments and a City Councilman of El Centro. Edney has garnered heavy support in his past elections and comes well versed to be the next assemblyman of the 80th formerly held by Bonnie Garcia. Barbara Beatty a businesswoman from Palm Springs was also in attendance. She is running for the Palm Springs City Council a candidate rich campaign that has already seen at least eight persons throw their hat into the ring.

Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack arrived with family and friends and was given an enthusiastic welcome by everyone in attendance. Supporters lined up to assist with her re-election. Front page photo: Jon Edney, Congresswoman Bono Mack, Indio City Councilman Glenn Miller and Barbara Beatty; More photos taken at the event on page 3.