She's Not Just a Rancher's Daughter

Bacigalupi feels her background, rural and urban, will help her represent the 14th district, which is "a combination of urban and rural, city and country, coastal and mountain."


Debbie Bacigalupi feels like she's already won, and in many ways she has.

The young, energetic Republican businesswoman, in her first political campaign, overcame long odds to finish second, with 21.4 percent of the vote, in the heavily Democratic 14th District, to iconic Congresswoman Jackie Speier (74.3 percent) in the June primary.

"I feel like I have made a difference," Bacigalupi said in an informal interview in her new hometown of San Carlos recently. "I feel I am advocating for a future people can be excited about. I know I make a difference."

Would she be interested in a public forum that included Speier?

"Absolutely," she said. "If for nothing else than to listen to people she doesn't seem to be listening to. There are other voices not being heard."

Bacigalupi's campaign manager Glenn Gelineau hopes the League of Women Voters will organize such a panel.

Bacigalupi understands her campaign faces an uphill struggle, and that's something she embraces. The status quo is just not working, she says.

"We are no longer stake holders in our government," Bacigalupi said. "Lawmakers are too coopted by special interests and lobbyists. I am not tied to anyone and I will not tie myself to anyone."

Bacigalupi is a California native and was raised in Sacramento, where her father worked as a civil engineer for the Department of Transportation and Open Space/Land Use Planning.

She began her college career at UC Davis and eventually graduated with an MBA from Notre Dame de Namur.

Her original goal was to become a corporate event planner before seeing what was happening to her family's ranch.

"I wanted to be the most sought after event planner in the world," Bacigalupi said. "But life took a different route. I see good people getting hurt. Something happened. Government is supposed to represent us and protect us. Government has been hurting my family for the last five years with regulations and reinterpretations of laws.

"My parents worked hard and they are passionate," she continued. "The government says one thing and then does something else. Small businesses are being over regulated and that makes it harder, with higher costs. These restrictions hurt the economy."

She joined the Republican party because it most closely represented what she believed. She's not entirely convinced the Republicans have all the answers though.

"I wish I could say I'm an American party member first," Bacigalupi said. "I think both parties have strayed."

She does identify with the Republican platform that global warming is make believe, Obamacare will cost the taxpayers millions and government should get smaller, not bigger.

She may not have the same name recognition as Jackie Speier, but Bacigalupi is gaining traction in many areas of the district.

She recently discussed financial matters on a radio program and will be addressing a Cap and Trade rally in Sacramento next week.

Her catchy slogan, "Government on our side, not on our back!" has caught people's attention.

She may be running behind right now, but give her three months and it could get interesting.

Her official website is www.debbieforcongress.org/


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Elizabeth Lasensky August 08, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Wow, this candidate is woefully ignorant about global warming, the role of government and "Obamacare". Obamacare is already benefiting children up to age 26 who can now be claimed under their parents' insurance - and can finally get the health care they need. Also insurance companies can no longer deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions, nor can they cap coverage. What we really need is Medicare for all so that ALL Americans have medical coverage. If this candidate doesn't believe in government, which means she doesn't believe in governing (or doesn't know how to govern) why is she running for office? Why should any well informed voter vote for this person?
Carole Robinson August 08, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Because she is educated about the taxes you will have to pay for the healthcare law. and if my now 33 year old was a child at 26 I would havbe screamed....Stand on your own two feet and earn a living. You can go to Britain and get single payor . I believe in freedom. What the government gives it can take away. Sounds like she believes in smart government..and she is pro environment not pro control over our land and water....think
Carole Robinson August 08, 2012 at 04:23 PM
by the way, you think the people in Washington are governing? are you kidding?
Bill Bohlen August 08, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Rick, you say she is gaining traction in many parts of the district. Can you offer something to back this up? You also say she overcame long odds to finish 2nd against Jackie Speier. There were only three candidates. What were the long odds?
Mike Cunneen August 08, 2012 at 05:10 PM
The only thing the federal government has done is to increase its size and control over us. Anyone with half a brain should be able to understand this has hurt our country and especially future generations. Debbie Bacigalupi is a breath of fresh air compared to the professional politicians on both sides of is isle in Washington.
Rick Eymer August 08, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Bill, Michael Moloney is a democrat (switched parties twice) with more name recognition, having run for office several times since 1998, and Debbie Bacigalupi is running for her first political office. And since she is a relative unknown, every time she appears in the district she at least spreads her name. She does appeal to the agriculture populace. If your asking me if this traction means anything for this November election, I would say no. Jackie Speier has been around far too long and traditionally favors the same set of values as the majority of the county. San Carlos was last represented in Congress by a Republican in 1981. If you're asking me if she can become an advocate, I would say yes.
Greg Gentile August 08, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Comment to Elizabeth Lasensky: You think a 26-year-old is a child. You think that wanting smaller, less intrusive government is not knowing how to govern. I think you are wrong on both counts, and that is why I shall be supporting her. So will others who think adults should be adults and intrusive government must be restrained.
Joff Braio August 08, 2012 at 08:54 PM
@Elizabeth Lasensky: You say Bacigalupi is "woefully ignorant about... the role of government." Last I checked the role of government was a hotly debated topic. How is one "ignorant" because they have a different view than you? And if this candidate "doesn't believe in government" why would her slogan be "Government on our side, not on our back"? That's called a straw man argument what you've done there. And me calling anything you had to say an "argument" is me being generous. Good luck with your 26-year-old "child".
Elizabeth Lasensky August 08, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Yes, your child IS a child at 26 if they have life-threatening illnesses and no health care. Yes, government does need to intrude when health insurance corporations put profits and massive CEO salaries ahead of patients and stock holders. We currently pay for this profit and salary excess by way of huge health insurance premiums. That to me is pretty intrusive and abusive. Yes government does need to intrude to maintain Social Security and Medicare. And yes, government does need to intrude to fix streets, bridges and other infrastructure. But you are right about one thing, government should stay out of a woman's right to make decisions about her own health, from contraception to abortion to adoption, it's a woman's decision, not the government's or anyone else's.
Bill Bohlen August 08, 2012 at 09:30 PM
@rick - that is pretty ridiculous. 23% of the County is Republican and Debbie received 21.4% of the vote. So she pretty much got the Republican vote, since she was the lone republican I don't think this is impressive. Had she received more than that, say 30% then that would be overcoming long odds. The County Republicans are starved for representation, so they will vote for anyone with the R next to their name, regardless if they know the person or not.
Donna Woods August 08, 2012 at 09:35 PM
A child is not a "Child" at the age of 26, they are ADULTS. So, if they are adults then they should be responsible enough to get there own insurance. By allowing a CHILD to be able to stay on there parents insurance until they are 26 even if they are attending school or not, married with a family or just sitting at home. Wow that tells me that you are sending a message to that, it's o.k. you do not have to work, further your education, and you can have a family even though you can't support them in all the important ways like HEALTH BENEFITS. But, don't worry mommy and daddy will be there until your 26 to help you. That is what is wrong with today's world everybody wants help, but not to many people want to be self sufficient.
Rick Eymer August 08, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Ok Bill, point well taken. Thank you.
Janette August 08, 2012 at 10:39 PM
She is a breath of fresh air and she's honest about the very real problems facing this state. Prepare for the troll trounce and the liberal lashings because they are afraid of Debbie and every patriotic American in the country. These folks have no argument, no rationale and no explanations for the state of our state so they blather about 26 year olds getting "healthcare" & the false "science" of global warming while drooling over every freebie they believe is coming their way. Wise up, this state is going down the drain taking all our freedoms with it or, haven't you noticed?
Bill Bohlen August 08, 2012 at 10:42 PM
We have had the hottest July in the US since we began keeping records. But I guess that is "false science", also code for science.
George Robinson August 08, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Children age 26!!! Children stop becoming children at 18! These are adults that should be well on their own long before 26. Global Warming? You must mean when it turns from winter to spring and warms up because that is the only global warming taking place other than the figment of the imagination of ignorant people that spend too much time listening to other ignorant people. Insurance companies are independent companies and part of a free market economy. They can sell what they want and the consumer can buy or not buy what is offered. That is the way a free market economy works. What you describe is a Communist State. This is a candidate that believes in and understands the Constitution and needs to replace an existing Congresswomen that either does not understand it or ignores it.
Bill Bohlen August 08, 2012 at 10:49 PM
@George Robinson - if she believes in such freedom, then how come she protested and wanted government intrusion when a cell phone company wanted to build a tower on private land?
Janette August 08, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Elizabeth, If you were really informed you would vote for Debbie. You would even contribute to her campaign. Educate yourself about the real issues from people who really understand so you can make an educated decision. Start with how Medicare is funded so you can understand that it's impossible to have Medicare-for-all. And here are some real stats on global warming so you can begin your education and grasp how easy it is to manipulate numbers and fool the public; http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/18/about-that-overwhelming-98-number-of-scientists-consensus/
Janette August 09, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Elizabeth suffers from selective government intrusion I see.
George Robinson August 09, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Global Warming... check this link: http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-utter-desperation-of-global-warming.html As for Debbie asking for intervention on a proposed cell tower... i don't know the full story on it but i believe it was going to be in violation of a zoning ordnance in a housing community.. but i do not know that that is correct.
Kali August 09, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Good article. She's got my vote. Nice to see someone with a good prospective and a great head on her shoulders. We need new blood in both parties.
Mihai Bulea August 09, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Elizabeth, the weather obviously disagrees with your Global Warming claims: It is neither Warming, Nor Global. The University Of East Anglia has been busted and exposed for doctoring and hiding inconvenient data. Couple years ago we had the harshest winters and record snow which caused several "Global Warming" conferences to be rescheduled because the roads were buried in snow : ) It was and continues to be such a sore point that it was renamed: Climate Change. As far as medical coverage for 26 year olds on their parents' plans, there's no better proof that central planning bureaucrats have practically destroyed a once vibrant economy based on a freer market with plenty of jobs which are the only dignified and sustainable alternative to a foodstamp nation. If you think it's hard for a 26 year old to find work and pay $100/month for private health insurance, how in the world will 26 year olds thirty years from now pay for theirs plus ours with interest? Ever think about the generational theft and how mathematically impossible will be for future Americans to survive and even afford the minimum payment on a inherited debt? Total unfunded liabilities are estimated at 100 Trillion Dollars of which the current public debt is 16 Trillion Dollars which comes to about $140,000 of current debt (and interest) per taxpayer: Do you have $160,000 laying around to pay your share of public debt? Jobs are rare and pay lower wages, cost of living is higher, 60% of college grads are unemployed,
Elizabeth Lasensky August 09, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Global climate change is real. One half of all counties in the US are experiencing severe drought this year, the hottest summer on record. There go food supplies and prices. Storms are more severe and frequent all over the globe. Good for those of you who must have incredibly secure jobs that won't be outsourced, don't fear layoffs or your company going broke. As your health insurance (and retirement benefits) is likely currently tied to your job, if you lose your job you lose your health care. In this rough economy, if you lose your job there aren't lots of jobs waiting for you. So you could lose your housing. And should you ever need your children to help you, well, they won't be there to help, just like you aren't there for them. What goes around, comes around.
Carole Robinson August 09, 2012 at 06:09 PM
My dear, your concern for the disabled or those with life threatening diseases is heart warming, but those folks have healthcare. As an RN, for 25 years I have never seen one die in the streets. Now as far as your bleeding heart goes put it to some good use and educate yourself, and stop bleeding the taxpayer before we all are bankrupt. As well as a woman of the 1960's, I am well aware of the issues of women and men and "women's" issues are a bunch of crap. Women can buy insurance of any kind and when you use your god given assets for yourself, your family and your community and stop crying about what the government can or can't do for you you may find a wealth of opportunites out there. Wake up.
Carole Robinson August 09, 2012 at 06:14 PM
when all else fails fear...actually I bought my healthcare for 20 years.educate educate educate..and do it yourself stop listening to the media and read. all kinds of and all sides.
Michael August 09, 2012 at 10:08 PM
"Global climate change is real." If you mean natural climate change then, yes, the natural climate is known to be constantly changing. If you mean catastrophic anthropogenic climate change, then you are in disagreement with over 30,000 American Scientists: http://www.petitionproject.org/
Kali August 10, 2012 at 06:04 AM
Great Post Mihai. Spot on.
Kali August 10, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Elizabeth, do you know the Government loses $500 million a year on Medicare fraud? That is only what we know of. No telling how much we lose in taxpayer dollars on all other government sponsored programs. The Government is needed for some things, but they have proven woefully inept at running most programs. You know why? They have no skin in the game. Unlike a business that either makes a profit or goes under, the Government has no incentive. We do not need one more thing for them to control. Also, you think everyone should get free healthcare? Tell me, who is going to pay for this free healthcare, and where are all the Doctors and Nurses going to come from?
Kali August 10, 2012 at 06:16 AM
I like your post Carole. You are correct.
Kali August 10, 2012 at 06:29 AM
Elizabeth, that is this year. A few years back, we were freezing to death. The Earth has cycles. But do you know what is really changing this planet? 7 Billion people, that's what. This Earth cannot sustain the growing human population, with all their needs and wants, along with being the biggest "throw away society" that has ever existed. Humans are polluting and changing the planet. The more there are, the worse it will get, and no amount of "Clean energy" homes, cars, trains, windmills, solar panels, etc. is going to help. There is really only one solution to this problem. I will let you use your imagination.


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