Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006 | Who is that blogger Stuart Rothenberg to make fun of Democratic congressional candidate Francine Busby?

Busby had the gumption to run against powerful GOP Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham long before he was outed by the San Diego Union-Tribune (which had supported him editorially for years.) And after Cunningham was jailed for gross corruption in office, Busby faced the GOP machine’s replacement candidate, carpetbagger Brian Bilbray.

Busby lost these elections. She was a suburban school board marm, a Democratic neophyte running in an overwhelmingly Republican district against a Republican retread – who, incredibly, appeared in a TV ad astride a horse at the Border Fence.

I think Francine Busby was a good person and a brave candidate. She deserves our respect and thanks for her-culean effort.

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