Green messages bombard Gonzalez at home 

Greg Harman

gharman@sacurrent.com

U.S. Representative Charlie Gonzalez is getting it on all sides these days.

Public Citizen ambushed the unsuspecting Congress member in the midst of King William revelry a week ago (it makes for great video!) to demand strong climate action.

Today, a group mobilized by MoveOn.org and Texas Climate Emergency (featured in the Current recently) will be gathering on Durango to help steer the Congressman's mind regarding proposed renewable energy legislation, the Clean Energy and Security Act.

As a cadre of energy activists bend the man's ear indoors, there is expected to be a rally by street-level protestors on Durango to accentuate their point.

In case you didn't get the memo, folks are gathering outside the Federal Building at 4 p.m. `727 E Durango, San Antonio, TX 78206`

But even if the Gonz cancels his meeting and closes his blinds, he'll still find himself battered by the message in the box.

VoteVets.org have a television spot running in San Antonio this week featuring Texas Iraq War veteran Patrick Bellon, who is quoted in a press release saying:

“Getting America less dependent on foreign oil and towards clean energy is a national security matter. Congressman Gonzalez has a chance to vote for a comprehensive clean energy jobs bill that would lessen those Middle East oil profits that help fund terrorism, and would create jobs right here. As someone who's fought against insurgents in Iraq, this bill is a no brainer, and we're hoping the Congressman feels the same way.”

You can check out the spot below.

But don't start feeling sorry for Charlie, harassed and badgered as he is. A local politico in the know told me over the weekend that the man gets nothing but pro-energy industry lobbying when he's inhabiting his padded cell in Washington.

In other words, he needs to hear the local voice when he's at home. (Or, barring that, at least the unpaid lobbyists of community concern, you so-called activists.)

Oh, and that Vets Vote ad? It's set to run 600 times this week on cable, so, you know, expect it to interrupt your episodes of Gunsmoke from here on out. Better than watching The Rascal at work ad nauseum, we think.

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