Juan Vargas Takes Money From Real Estate PAC, Brian Bilbray Goes Skeet Shooting

Guns and fun with Republican congressman Brian Bilbray — priceless! Oh, no, wait, it’s $1500.
  • Guns and fun with Republican congressman Brian Bilbray — priceless! Oh, no, wait, it’s $1500.

Democratic state senator Juan Vargas is apparently cleaning up some old campaign debt before embarking on his run for the congressional seat being vacated by Bob Filner, who has announced he’s running for San Diego mayor. Vargas’s 2000 Assembly reelection committee, still in existence, has been reporting a growing financial debt to the Santa Monica law firm of Strumwasser & Woocher, LLP. According to its website, the firm was California state counsel for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and also works for Native American gambling tribes.

According to the 2000 committee’s financial statement for 2010, at the end of the year it owed a total of $24,253.79 in unpaid “legal defense” bills to the Strumwasser firm. Then, suddenly, on June 3, it reported getting $19,355 from the California Real Estate PAC. When and if the money will be spent on paying off the loan won’t be known until the committee’s semiannual statement becomes public early next month…On Monday, June 13, Republican congressman Brian Bilbray staged a day of “skeet, trap, and sporting clays” shooting at Prince George’s County Trap and Skeet Center. It was a campaign fund-raiser, of course, and political action committees had to fork over $1500 to attend. Individuals paid $750, according to an invitation posted on the Sunlight Foundation’s Party Time website.

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Bilbray must be feeling confident these days. A day of shooting sports in suburban Virginia is not at all politically correct. In fact, if the "usual suspect" media got hold of that, there would be much hay made of it. (Not that any creatures are harmed by shooting at clay pigeons.) But I'd not be willing to pony up those prices for a chance to bang away with a shotgun. Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks, I guess.

Virginia is huge gun country. How is it you imagine skeet shooting is not politically correct? And what "usual suspect media" would make a fuss over such an activity? It's better than what I heard about over July 4: a guy who pays a membership fee to go up to the Tejon Ranch on the Grapevine where he spots wild pigs with a scope, goes after them in some sort of vehicle, and then shoots them with a bow and arrow.

" A day of shooting sports in suburban Virginia is not at all politically correct" You're kidding, right? You do know that the NRA hq is in Virginia, don't you. Not to mention that the Commonwealth has some of the most liberal gun laws in the country. It's almost politically incorrect NOT to take part in shooting sports

I don't disagree with your points. But Bilbray is from a southern California district, one that is very touchy-feely, free to be you and me, and all that beach bum stuff sort of district. Where he does it isn't as important as what his constituents think of it.

Gee, and I go out in the fall with my local buck deer tag and brave the brush, the diamondbacks, the bleeping ticks and a host of other aggravations. But I'm not concerned with being PC. I just enjoy the experience (in a perverted way) and occasionally come home with some wild game for the freezer. Bilbray will have some 'splaining to do if his constituents learn about him shooting (clay) pigeons.

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