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