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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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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