More victims of Tom McClintock’s Neglect

Fire damage in CD4

Another year gone. Hundreds of lives lost or irrevocably damaged. Thousands of homes and businesses destroyed. This is Tom McClintock’s legacy.

For more than a year, Tom McClintock’s constituents have been asking — begging — for help. More than a year ago, we wrote about the lives lost due to his neglect. We joined the chorus of voices demanding action at the federal level to address the rising threat of wildfires. At the time, Republicans had complete control of the federal government. And still, nothing was done. Tom McClintock’s policies are too extreme even for his own party. In the last year, Californians have suffered from one fire after another. The Camp Fire erupted in November of last year, taking 85 lives — most of them retired in the idyllic community of Paradise — and destroying 18,804 structures. And still, nothing has been done. More than 6,400 fires have burned in California in 2019, destroying more than 250,000 acres of land. And still, nothing has been done.

Tom McClintock has shown, time and again, that he does not have what it takes to fix the enormous problems facing California’s 4th District. For more than ten years, he’s stubbornly refused to consider any solution to California’s wildfire problem except an extreme approach that can never pass. And for his ten years representing California’s 4th District, nothing has been done.  

California’s 4th District deserves better. We deserve a representative who sees our challenges with clear eyes and takes meaningful action to fix them. We deserve a representative who truly cares about what happens in this District. We deserve a representative who will fight for us.  

Join us, as we fight to send Tom McClintock back to his own District, and to finally stop him from selling us out, one vote at a time. 

Because we know, as Margaret Mead said, that “a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

The People Harmed by McClintock’s Policies

Image of damage left by forest fire in Shasta California 7/28/2018
Tom McClintock’s policies – his extremism and failure to work for reasonable policies that can be embraced by both sides of the debate – have real consequences.

This article shares the stories of some of the people who have died from the fires that ravaged far too much of California this year, destroying uncountable lives. Melody Bledsoe, who was caring for her great-grandchildren Emily and James while her husband worked to save neighbors, was found on top of the children holding what had been a wet blanket – doing all that she could to save the children she loved. Brian Hughes, Jeremy Stoke and Braden Varney – all fire fighters struggling to protect California’s residents – made the ultimate sacrifice, for us. They didn’t need to die. Fires are an inevitable and necessary event in forests, but we have known for many years that fires are getting worse. We have known that they are burning longer and doing more damage. We have known that we must take steps to protect our communities from fire. And in all that time, Tom McClintock has accomplished nothing. He supports one solution, without compromise – selling our trees to corporate interests, giving them free reign to profit without taking any steps to protect the land they exploit. His solution is too extreme, and hasn’t even been passed by a government completely controlled by his own party. It’s time to give someone else a chance to enact a solution to this immense problem.

Tom McClintock consistently favors his corporate donors over his constituents. McClintock is selling us out, one vote at a time. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.

Eight people have died this year in California wildfires. Here are some of their stories