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Friday, November 22, 2013

Reed: I'm Running Because Wieckowski Can't Carry Stem Cell Legislation

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski
STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 10 | Roman Reed, the newest candidate for next year’s 10th State Senate race, says the impetus for his surprise run started with the realization Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski couldn't pass muster when it comes to enacting important state legislation to fund stem cell research.

Reed, who was partially paralyzed nearly 20 years ago during a football game at Chabot College, is a national leader in the push to help disabled people restore some physical functions, or maybe even find a cure. Reed is also chair of the Fremont Planning Commission.

On Thursday, Reed said, former state legislators John A. Dutra and Alberto Torrico, who represented many of the same East Bay voters in the current 10th District, both successfully moved stem cell-related bill into law while in office. “But, Bob Wieckowski? He’s 0-for-3,” he said. “We can’t afford to wait around while there are lives to be saved.”

In recent years, Wieckowski failed to procure the governor’s signature on two bills to fund the Roman Law Spinal Cord Injury Research Act. Both bills attracted significant support in the Legislature and passed both houses before falling short.

Roman Reed
Reed said he was dismayed earlier this year when Wieckowski neglected to send a representative to speak on the issue before the State Senate Appropriations Committee. Reed says he found a speaker, but added, “How can you rely on a constituent to do something like that?”

Next month, Reed's philanthropic work will be honored by the Genetic Policy Institute at a banquet in San Diego for his advocacy in stem cell research and helping to raise over $14 million in funding for the Roman Reed Foundation.

In addition to Wieckowksi, former Assemblymember Mary Hayashi is also a likely challenger in the sprawling district that runs from Castro Valley to portions of San Jose. Reed believes his uplifting story, in addition, to a belief among some observers, he could greatly benefit by splitting the vote between Wieckowski and Hayashi, makes him a formidable candidate. But, when it comes to the perception Wieckowski is next in line for the senate seat, Reed repeated the mantra, “It’s not who’s first in line, it’s who's best in line.”

In fact, some are beginning to compare this current election scenario to the 2006 Democratic State Senate primary between Dutra, Johan Klehs and Ellen Corbett. (See note below.)  Incidentally, Reed says Dutra, Klehs and Torrico are a few of his biggest supporters. In that famous local race, Corbett ultimately won despite languishing somewhat late in a race that turned ugly.

On Election Day, Corbett took over 38 percent of the vote, but her challengers also garnered over 30 percent each. It’s an outcome Reed hopes will work out in his favor come June.

NOTE: Klehs said Sunday, he is not supporting Reed for the State Senate. On Thursday, Reed called Torrico and Klehs two of his biggest supporters. "I have never had any discussion with Roman Reed regarding his run for State Senate, can’t remember when I spoke to him last, and have no idea how to reach him in the first place," said Klehs

72 comments:

  1. So, if your assemblymember carries your bill and gets almost unanimous support in both houses, and then the governor vetoes it each time, whose fault is it? So, logic says, if you want the stem cell research bill to pass, you need a governor who will sign it. Maybe Roman should run for governor. It looks like the legislature is already in line.

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  2. Get ready for Fremont to start the cannibalization early this cycle. This should be entertaining.

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  3. Finally, somebody who gets Politics 101!

    A brief excerpt from the above story:

    Reed believes his uplifting story, in addition, to a belief among some observers, he could greatly benefit by splitting the vote between Wieckowski and Hayashi, makes him a formidable candidate. But, when it comes to the perception Wieckowski is next in line for the senate seat, Reed repeated the mantra, “It’s not who’s first in line, it’s who's best in line.”

    It's ALWAYS THE PUBLIC who will decide. On behalf of the public, good luck, Senator Roman Reed. Or should I just extend congratulations ahead of the game? You'll do a fine job.

    John Q. Citizen
    The official representative of the people!

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  4. Also known by John Q. Public!

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  5. Reed either doesn't know the first thing about how legislation is created or he is flat out lying. He certainly isn't loyal. He's letting himself be used as a pawn by frustrated, disgruntled former legislators. Yeah, just what we need.

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  6. Reed and his followers better start raising a lot of money for both the primary and the general (if he gets that far). I see a lot of political naiveté by Roman here. It's almost a slam dunk for Weickowski.

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  7. So you're saying the Dutras have got in his head?

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  8. Reed would be much better off running for the vacated Assembly seat, if he could raise enough money to do that, which I'm not sure he can. It would cost much less since it's about half the size and he could still try and push his bill through, although getting the Gov. to sign it is another matter.

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  9. Hope Reed follows the above advise. It costs much less to run for the Assembly, especially with no incumbent.

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  10. Nice try. Team Reed will be the beneficiary of the Bob-Mary split.

    We don't want no stinkin' union whores!

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  11. Well what do you know it's the same antiunion sexist troll who says the same thing over and over. Very boring and not very politically astute. Luckily Roman is much smarter than you. Even if he should pull off a miracle and get in the top two, he would have to run again in the General election against Bob. Do you have a couple of hundred grand to give him? He can accomplish his same goal by running for the Assembly at half the cost, and have a much better chance of winning.

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  12. We're with you, Roman!

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  13. Roman run for the Assembly -it will cost you much less and there will be no incumbent elected. I'll vote for you in the Assembly race, but not the Senate. I like Bob.

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  14. Senator Roman Reed.

    I likes it!!!!!!

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  15. Let's do all we can to retire HOwieckowlski!!!!!

    Always for the public, and fuck the union whores!

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  16. Reed would be much better off running for the vacated Assembly seat, if he could raise enough money to do that, which I'm not sure he can. It would cost much less since it's about half the size and he could still try and push his bill through, although getting the Gov. to sign it is another matter.

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  17. 6:39 and 6:40 ---Again the antiunion sexist troll who has no political awareness of the top two primary or the cost of running for Senate in our new statewide election system. Ignore him like the rest of us do.

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  18. 7:27 has some wise advice Roman

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  19. Mr Reed you should blame the Governor on this one for not signing the bill. Not buying your reasoning on this one. You are being led down a losing path by the Dutra clan.

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  20. Team Reed will be going forward with our original plans.

    Practice saying STATE SENATOR ROMAN REED!

    Poor, pitiful HOwieckowski apologists!

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  21. Just heard Torrico is working with the Reed campaign. Torrico must blame Wieckowski for his wife finding out about his affair with Trisha.

    Any chance we can get another candidate for the 10th SD? None of the current candidates work for me.

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  22. The winner will be Bob Weickowski. If he doesn't get 50%+1 in the primary, he will destroy his opposition in the top 2 general.

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  23. Torrico barely won his assembly seat the first time he ran and failed miserably for attorney general. With help from him, Reed will have little chance. Jesus Roman you are being used. If the Dutras and Torrico want you to run for Senate, it's because they have some one else lined up for assembly and don't want you in that race.

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  24. It does sound like Roman is being used. Looks like a sacrificial lamb to me.

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  25. Klehs says he is not supporting Reed. I added a note to the above article.

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  26. Love senator Roman Reed!

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  27. Roman Reed already lying to create a buzz! That's just great. Typical aspiring politican.

    Who hasn't Torrico backstabbed or doublecrossed or boned? Should we write a list? If you are touting Torrico as your main supporter, you got issues.

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  28. Me and my family are with you, Roman!

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  29. My family and I might support Roman if he's running against a more conservative Dem. but will not support him for Senator. He has already made a huge mistake telling people he had Kleh's support when he didn't.

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  30. That above post meant for Assembly, but not Senate.

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  31. Clearly Reed has been set up for failure because Torrico and/or the Dutras have someone else in mind for the Assembly seat and they were afraid Reed might spoil their plans. Your friends might not necessarily be your friends in politics Roman.

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  32. Not sure where people get the idea that Torrico and the Dutras like each other...

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  33. Anyone but Bob or Mary! Two of the biggest jokes in Alameda County. Then again, Torrico is an even bigger joke. Hilarious! Didn't Bob and Alberto used to be BFFs? It never ceases to amaze me how dysfunctional and corrupt the vast majority of politicians are in Alameda County. I will have my popcorn ready, because this is going to be entertaining as a dog riding a bicycle!

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  34. Bob Weickowski is very popular in our district and will win the primary, but may not get the 50 per cent plus one votes he needs to avoid the run-off. He will destroy who ever comes in second in the June primary in the November general election. For sure!

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  35. Some one has given Roman some really bad advise. An unknown can possibly win an Assembly seat, but certainly not a Senate seat unless they are independently wealthy, like multi-millionaire.

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  36. Not to worry, friend Roman. Bob is shitting in his pants right now. He knows that he and the shoplifter will split the vote, paving the way for your election.

    All hail our next CLEAN senator, Roman Reed!

    Always for the public, and fuck the union sluts!

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  37. Well it's the incomprehensible antiunion sexist troll from Hayward spewing his hatred while he clearly doesn't understand the top 2 primary or the money it costs to run for Senate. What an idiot. LOL

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  38. Hmmm 7:13 pm you think Reed's companions are better than the other two?

    Dutra - spent over a million in his run for Senate. Tried to buy the seat.

    Torrico - feuds with everyone, sleeps with his subordinate, thinks he's a kingmaker (last time I looked most of his candidates lost) , doesn't practice what he preaches (literally), backdoor wheeler & dealer who will betray longtime friends

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  39. 7:13 pm Do you even know what you are talking about? You have got to be the biggest dork on this blog!

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  40. The winner will be Bob Weickowski. If he doesn't get 50%+1 in the primary, he will destroy his opposition in the top 2 general.

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  41. Lot of Wieckowski dickriders here

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  42. Bob is very popular and well liked by most of the district, including me.

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  43. Roman run for Assembly if you want to have a chance of getting elected and doing something meaningful in Sacramento.

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  44. Heard Bob is really shittin in his pants.

    Get a good rate on your dry cleaning, Bob. Your pants seat is one big ass wipe!

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  45. If you think Bob is worried about Roman you are nuttier than a snickers bar.

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  46. Who's Roman Reed? That is what the average voter will say. How will he raise money to raise his name recognition? Will Money Bags Dutra set up a PAC for Reed and spents big bucks to raise his profile? Although spending money on his own campaign didn't work for him. He finished 3rd in a 3 person race. Deja Vu for Reed/Dutra? Not too late to run for Assembly.

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  47. Boy, all of HOBob's stooges are really scared of Roman, trying to get him to run for the Assembly. You keep up the good work, Roman. Don't let dos union whores dissuade you.

    Bob must have really been shittin' in his pants. Must have blasted right through those Armani pants! Damn!!

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  48. 9:14 are you for real ? Say something meaningful instead of the same thing over and over. What an idiot ! You are like a child.

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  49. 9:14 is the Hayward antiunion sexist troll who has a fixation on crap because he has shit for brains and has no idea what it costs to run against a popular Assemblyman for a Senate seat. He's a joke and we all laugh at his hatred.

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  50. We really laugh and pity you who is nothing but a shill for HOWieckowski.

    Bottom line, Roman will do what he wants and says to 'Fuck you!'

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  51. Is that an exact quote from an aspiring politican?

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  52. No it's a sexist anti-union troll with nothing useful to say one track poster who has become boring on this blog.

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  53. 8:32 Why do you waste our time?

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  54. Roman's ally here. If it's a waste of time and so 'boring,' tune out and go fuck yourself and Bob at the same time.

    Oh, we see.

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  55. 7:06 what are you, a sixth grader? With allies like you Roman needs no enemies. Stupid is, as stupid does!

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  56. 7:06 what are you, a sixth grader? With allies like you Roman needs no enemies. Stupid is, as stupid does!

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  57. Hope you are not Roman's political consultant 7:06 pm. Or maybe you're Torrico I heard he has quite the mouth.

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  58. Practice speaking the words "Senator Roman Reed."

    Too bad HOWieckowski whores. He's in it to win.

    The public wins and you trolls lose. As it should be.

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  59. HOW-ieckowski? Ho-Wieckowski? read what you wrote your insults don't make sense. You can't even write a good insult. If you're typical of a Reed supporter, this will be a cake walk.

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  60. Bob is a super HO. W is capitalized. Never used a hyphen.

    Insult? Telling it like it is.

    What a dumb shit you are.

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  61. The posts in favor of Reed all come from the same Hayward anti union, sexist, racist, illiterate, foul mouthed, extremist Tea Party Troll. He never says anything worthwhile because he doesn't understand politics or the new top 2 run off system. He's not smart enough to know how much money it takes to run for Senate or why an unknown can't beat a popular Assemblyman. He doesn't even attempt to persuade, only to antagonize. Most of us just laugh at his ramblings and ranting. Bob Weickowski will win easily and he knows it. That's why he's so mad and acts so childish.

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  62. Boy, Dorcas, you must be shittin' in your undies, too.

    Old Roman is going to give Bob, I kiss the unions ass always, Wieckowski and good run, and you know it.

    No cigar, bitch.

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  63. 5:28 no one knows what you are talking about. Are you really as looney as you sound?

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  64. Nothing new here.

    We're with you, Roman.

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  65. I'm with Roman for Assembly, but not the Senate. I'll vote for Weickowski for Senate.

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  66. Roman run for Assembly if you want to have a chance of getting elected and doing something meaningful in Sacramento.

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  67. We are with you Roman all 10 of us.

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  68. We are with you Bob. All -10 of us.

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  69. The winner will be Bob Weickowski for sure. If he doesn't get 50%+1 in the primary, he will destroy his opposition in the top 2 general and it won't even be close.

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  70. Senator Roman maybe in after Wiecowski's up against term limits. And that's if Roman gets smart and runs for Assembly, thereby building up his name recognition and his own legislative resume.

    It's obvious he is a pawn in Torrico's plan to reemerge in the public limelight

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  71. Never heard of this guy Reed but I like Weickowski and would vote for him again.

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  72. Live in the District and will be voting for Weickowski because I like his progressive values.

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