Baca victorious in final ballot count

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By David Wert
The Press-Enterprise
Published 9/25/1999

Marta Macias Brown's quest to succeed her late husband in Congress came to a quiet end Friday after San Bernardino County election officials counted the final ballots from Tuesday's special election, confirming state Sen. Joe Baca's narrow victory.

SENATOR JOE BACA seen in 'Bonds of Our Union'....

As the leading Democratic vote-getter, Baca will face leading Republican Elia Pirozzi, Libertarian John Ballard and Reform Party member Rick Simon in a Nov. 16 runoff election to complete Rep. George E. Brown Jr.'s California-record 18th House term. Brown, 79, died July 15 following heart surgery.

"This was a big load off my shoulders," Baca, D-Rialto, said Friday. "I look forward now to unifying the party, working for the Inland Empire and dealing with issues important to all of us." Macias Brown was not available for comment. But in a prepared statement she thanked her supporters and said she would support efforts to keep the 42nd Congressional District in Democratic hands -- stopping short of explicitly endorsing Baca.

She also said she has had conversations about her political future with Democratic officials. "I will examine all possibilities," she said in her statement.

Those options include running for Baca's Senate seat in a possible January special election should Baca be elected to Congress in November, or running again for her late husband's congressional seat next year.

"I don't think she's closing any doors right now," said Macias Brown campaign manager Bobi Johnson. Johnson said she had heard talk in the community about Macias Brown running for the Senate, but had not heard anyone discussing a 2000 congressional bid.

Johnson said Macias Brown will not contest Tuesday's election results, but does not plan to attend a Democratic unity rally the party plans to organize next week. Macias Brown will be in Washington, D.C., next week attending a salute to her late husband by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.

"In a matter of a few short weeks, under the most trying of personal circumstances, a committed band of citizens came together to fight for a tradition of service, of excellence, of caring established by my husband," Macias Brown said in her statement. "I am . . . proud that we were able to come so close in an election where the odds, and so much else, often seemed stacked against us."

Macias Brown did not have enough votes among the 1,323 provisional and late absentee ballots counted Friday to surpass the 488-vote lead Baca established in Tuesday's count. In fact, Baca's lead increased by 30 votes to 518.

Election officials had 1,750 ballots Tuesday that could not be immediately counted. About 80 percent of them were absentee ballots handed in at polling places or the Registrar of Voter's office on Election Day. Election officials spent the past three days verifying signatures.

The rest were provisional ballots cast by people who claimed they were eligible to vote but for some reason weren't on the voters rolls or had been recorded as having already voted absentee. Election officials had to verify their eligibility before counting their ballots on Friday.

Among those whose votes were not counted were three people who had registered too late to vote in Tuesday's election, nine whose signatures did not match the signature on their registration cards, some people who were not registered at all, and those who said they had not voted absentee but actually had, said Registrar of Voters Ingrid Gonzales.

Election officials will report those four voters who voted twice to the District Attorney's office. But Gonzales said she would be surprised if any of them intended to break the law and will face prosecution. She said there are always a few voters who vote absentee and then show up at the polls "just to make sure their vote is counted."

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Press Release -- May 21, 2010     
CHC meets with Meddling Mexican In Chief   
..."Today's CHC meeting with President Calderon was an excellent opportunity to discuss our nations' shared values and interests," said Congressman Joe Baca (D-California). "The president understands that a strong partnership between the United States and Mexico is critical to the future success and security of both our nations. He also understands that laws driven by racial fears and prejudices, like Arizona SB 1070, are detrimental to U.S.-Mexico relations..." [More Meddling Mexicans]

San Bernardino County (Calif.) Sun -- April 6, 2010     
Report pans 287(g) program; Reconquista zealot Baca wants it ended   
...Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, said in a statement that the Department of Homeland Security should "seriously consider scrapping the flawed 287(g) program." -- Many reports have connected the program to civil rights violations, including racial and ethnic profiling, Baca said...

San Bernardino (Calif.) Sun -- July 4, 2009    
Vehement Reconquista Baca bill offers path to citizenship    
Thousands of illegal [alien] students who graduate from high school could become U.S. citizens under a new bill pending in Congress. -- Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, recently introduced legislation to allow high school graduates to apply for U.S. citizenship after meeting certain academic requirements and paying a reduced fee... [Note: The paper pulled this article shortly after we posted it. The article was altered and posted HERE much later in the day]

The Columbian -- Vancouver, Wash. -- May 10, 2009  
Racial lines tested in California House race   
...["One Bill Gil"] Cedillo has the support of the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which is eager to keep the seat in Hispanic hands. -- For Hispanics, "a lot of our needs have not been met," said Rep. Joe Baca, a Democrat and caucus member who represents a neighboring district. "It's a Hispanic seat. We should not lose that seat." [It's a Hispanic seat?]

Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise -- January 12, 2009   
Rep. Joe Baca riled by Latino lending accusations   
Inland Rep. Joe Baca disputed criticism from a housing advocacy group and another lawmaker that he and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus added to the national housing crisis through overzealous support of programs that enabled unqualified buyers to purchase homes. Baca, D-Rialto, said he has worked to increase responsible homeownership among minorities...

We Get E-Mail -- January 7, 2009  Audio File 
Radio talkers bewail Reconquista congresscritter Baca   
[On January 5], in the 6:00 p.m. hour, John and Ken [KFI radio, Los Angeles] commented on the Wall Street Journal article about the loans made to illegal aliens. --As usual, no punches were pulled, and they had a few choice words about Congressman Joe Baca as well... [Thanks to Stephen 'Lone Wolf' for sending the audio clip]

Jon Feere -- Center for Immigration Studies -- January 5, 2009   
Immigrant Gangs: Pols still don't get it    
In their quest for open borders, many politicians still fail to understand the link between immigration and the growth of gangs. -- The latest example is chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) – who happens to have one of the worst records on immigration enforcement...

Contra Costa Times -- Walnut Creek, Calif. -- December 19, 2008   
Baca targeted by protesting Minutemen   
San Bernardino -- Members of the Minuteman Project on Thursday protested in front of Rep. Joe Baca's district office, urging the Democratic congressman to oppose a path to citizenship for illegal [aliens]. -- A small group carried "No Amnesty" and "No Guest Worker Program" signs and waved American flags during the protest at E and Second streets...

Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise -- December 6, 2008    
Inland pols on both sides optimistic about immigration changes under Obama   
Inland Reps. Joe Baca and Ken Calvert couldn't be much further apart when it comes to their views on illegal immigration. -- As chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Baca, D-Rialto, was at the forefront of last year's failed push for immigration legislation that would have provided a path to citizenship for millions of [illegal aliens] already in the U.S...

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin -- Ontario, Calif. -- December 1, 2008  
Joe 'MEChA-Boy' Baca pushing 'immigration reform'   
Buoyed by the election of Barack Obama and a larger Democratic majority in Congress, Latino political and community leaders say the time is right to push for a major overhaul of immigration laws. -- Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, said immigration reform will be "one of our top priorities" after Obama takes office Jan. 20...

Houston Chronicle -- May 18, 2008  
Ethnic hustlers tells Democrats to shape up   
Rep. Joe Baca, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is steamed. Latinos have become a political "punching bag" this year, the California Democrat complained recently, attacked by "the misinformed" and "the misguided." -- If you think he's talking about Republican presidential candidates and vocal immigration critics such as CNN's Lou Dobbs...~Visit -- March 19, 2008  
Congressional Hispanic Caucus wants to bring back amnesty this year   
...Californians for Population Stabilization says Caucus chairman Representative Joe Baca (D-Calif.) has been leading the effort to revive legislation that would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. CAP spokesman Rick Oltman suggests that after successive defeats of similar legislation in years past... AP Internal Use Only

Austin American-Statesman -- February 11, 2008  
Paper: Scaled-down immigration scheme in the works   
House Democrats are crafting a “scaled-down” immigration reform measure despite the political minefields that surround the issue, the Roll Call newspaper reported Monday. -- It says that Hispanic members — including Rep. Joe Baca [a rabid Mexican Reconquista and former MEChA mobster] — are seeking five-year visas for illegal [aliens.... criminals] who pay fines and pass...

American Patrol Report Feature -- January 16, 2006    
Reconquistas Rear Their Ugly Heads   
Dobbs: Tonight our nation's open borders radical movement is ready to mobilize and take its case to the streets and certainly to Washington. These groups are vowing to do everything they can to defeat tough new border security legislation which they now equate with McCarthyism. ....

American Patrol Report Feature -- October 7, 2004    
Rebellion Grows - Baca Targeted   
'Caca Baca' rally at Ontario Mills Mall -- A rebellion is growing across America. The people are not going to stand by and watch their beloved nation being invaded and overrun. -- Today, John & Ken will be taking Political Human Sacrifice to the backyard of Congressman Joe Baca! John & Ken will do the whole show from 3-7pm at Dave & Buster's in the Ontario Mills Mall....

American Patrol Report Feature -- June 26, 2004    
Baca demands an end to invader sweeps   
"Rep. Joe Baca, a Democrat whose district includes Ontario, was among the federal officials to question the arrests and attended the meeting in Washington." -- American Patrol Comment: Joe Baca is in total agreement with the Mexican government...

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