Political Notebook

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Rep. Jerry Lewis plans on having a few words with Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina, if Fiorina is elected.

Lewis, R-Redlands, attended a Fiorina campaign event last week at a shuttered San Bernardino car dealership and stood in the audience as the former Hewlett-Packard CEO lambasted congressional earmarks.

Fiorina said it is time to ban earmarks once and for all and called them “corrupting” and a waste of taxpayer money.

Lewis, the ranking member of the House appropriations committee, has long defended the special budget allocations.

In an interview after Fiorina’s speech, Lewis said that if she is elected he would sit down with her and discuss some of the important projects funded through earmarks.

He cited two funded in his 41st Congressional District: the Predator drone aircraft and the proton cancer treatment center at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

“I am not concerned about her comments on earmarks,” the longtime Inland lawmaker said.

who’s running, anyway?

So who exactly is running in California’s 44th Congressional District anyway?

Is it Nancy Pelosi or John Boehner?

Neither, actually, but you might not be able to tell by some of the rhetoric.

Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, is running for his 10th term, and has signs that read “Fire Pelosi.”

The signs are just the latest in a series of anti-Hedrick campaign messages linking Calvert’s Democratic challenger to liberal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco.

So frequently has he been associated with Pelosi that Hedrick on Friday posted an internet video entitled, “Bill Hedrick: Not Nancy Pelosi,” to defend against the repeated association with one of his own party’s leaders.

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