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Buzz Patterson. (Photo: Buzz Patterson for Congress)

2020 March Primary Review: Buzz Patterson vs. Ami Bera in the 7th Congressional District

California Globe takes an inside look into the 7th Congressional District primary race

By Katy Grimes, February 29, 2020 8:40 am

California Congressional District 7 encompasses the Southern portion of Sacramento County, and is currently represented by Democratic Rep. Ami Bera. 

Rep. Ami Bera

The District is fairly evenly split between Republican and Democrat voters, but many Republicans are hoping to take the district back.

Rep. Ami Bera has represented the district since January 2013 following redistricting. Currently Congressional District 7 represents southern and eastern Sacramento County. The District has 13.8 percent unemployment – much higher than the state average.

Dr. Bera was the Medical Director of Care Management at the Mercy Healthcare for Sacramento, the chief medical officer for the County of Sacramento, and later as the associate dean for admissions at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

In 2016 as Bera was seeking a third term in office against Republican candidate and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, his 83 year old father Babulal Bera, was found guilty of making excessive campaign contributions and making campaign contributions in the name of another, an illegal practice otherwise known as “straw donations,” Breitbart reported. Rep. Bera claimed to know nothing of the illegal campaign contributions, which many found to be difficult to believe. His father served one year in prison and paid $100,200, for federal campaign finance violations that helped fund two of Bera’s campaigns.

Challenger Buzz Patterson

Colonel “Buzz” Patterson is challenging Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) in the 7th Congressional District “to help bring back the Golden State,” Patterson says. 

Patterson, a 20-year military combat pilot in the United States Air Force (Retired), was also a distinguished White House military aide, bestselling author, and popular conservative public speaker. Among Patterson’s literary efforts include two New York Times best sellers, “Dereliction of Duty” and “Reckless Disregard.”” His most recent books include “War Crimes” and “Conduct Unbecoming.”

Buzz Patterson. (Photo: Buzz Patterson, “Reckless” Cover)

Patterson worked in the White House for the Clinton Administration, and was responsible for carrying the nuclear football, officially known as the Presidential Emergency Satchel, always accompanied by a military aide carrying launch codes for nuclear weapons.


During Bera’s terms in office, he supported eliminating the child tax credit, wanted to reinstate the marriage penalty, and supported higher taxes on retirement savings.

Patterson opposes excessive taxation, particularly on the middle class, which the marriage penalty and taxes on retirement savings target.


Patterson is very concerned about California farmers and the government created water shortage. Fortunately, President Donald Trump recently signed a landmark executive order while in California, that will ensure that the San Joaquin Valley farmers will again receive the badly needed water.

“Since the very beginning of California, farming has been the key to the economic vitality our state,” Patterson said. “Central to that strength has been the San Joaquin Valley. So much so, that both the Federal Government and the State of California have spent billion of tax dollars over our history to create the infrastructure to carry water from the San Francisco Bay Delta to the farms and ranches of the Central Valley.” 

“Water, after all, is the lifeblood of the California Farmer.”

“Over the last several decades, activist judges and out-of-control bureaucrats have restricted the amount of water that can be transferred to the Central Valley, instead allowing it to be flushed out to sea.”

“This week, President Trump travelled to California and while here signed a landmark executive order that would ensure that the Central Valley would again receive the badly needed water from the Bay Delta.”

“What should have been received with praise, was met with threats from Governor Gavin Newsom to again sue the Trump Administration. In short, the Governor decided to side with the fish, rather than with the farmers.” 

“This action by the Governor is one more example of how the political elite of California has lost touch with the realities of real life for average Californians.”

 Homeless Epidemic

Patterson said he’s greatly concerned about the homeless explosion in California and on Sacramento streets in District 7. “Homeless veterans are not being offered much help at all, while indigent illegal immigrants are receiving free benefits,” Patterson said.

“California has the fifth largest economy in the world, but the state’s public schools ranks 48th in the country,” he said. “How can Gov. Newsom brag about that?”

Patterson describes Rep. Ami Bera as “a reliable Democrat vote for Nancy Pelosi rather than for District 7.”

“High unemployment in the district, jobs, homeless vagrants and homeless veterans – this is why so many Californians are moving to Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, and Arizona,” Patterson said. “I want to stay and fight.”

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5 thoughts on “2020 March Primary Review: Buzz Patterson vs. Ami Bera in the 7th Congressional District

    1. Nice catch! This is obviously a puff piece for “Buzz” (Buzz, really?) and hit piece on Ami Bera. The author describes herself as an “investigative journalist” and I don’t know her so maybe there was some truth in it at some point but clearly she has reduced herself to hack journalist. Unfortunate. Note: citing Breitbart reduces credibility when there are some many more to choose from.

  1. In a general answer to Andrew up there, I’m an “Awakened”, no-longer-CA-democrat who has seen So Much Crime & Plunder inside my former party that I’m Deeply Ashamed of myself for having been fooled for so long by the inter-linked array of journalistically criminal organizations, generally seen as ABC-through-PBS/NYT/LA Times/McClatchy Corp, et al. All of those orchestrated “Fake News” criminals did I used to believe in! Katy Grimes, of The California Globe, has proved herself Far More Honest then those aforementioned 24/7 liars. There is a reason that California in No Longer The Golden State, and, it’s once-potent Great Central Valley farmers. ranchers, orchards, vineyards, and other food growers have been So Stabbed in the Back by our criminal CA State Government which mandates that 60-70% of our God-Given water be washed Uselessly to the Sea Every Year, 24/7/365!!! There is a reason that CA is home to over 50% of our nation’s homeless population, and 33% of our nation’s welfare cases, and has flushed hard-working Americans’ jobs down the toilet of Government Plunder & Destruction! There are reasons that CA’s housing is at least Twice more Expensive than housing in other states!! There are reasons that 100% of our water reservoir monies have been stolen such that NO NEW Reservoirs have been built for 40 years!! And, that most of our road-repair-maintenance monies have been stolen such that CA roads are among The Worst-Maintained roads in the nation!!! Too many MORE CA-Governemt Crimes to further mention before I become Too FURIOUS at these well-dressed criminals walking away from their CA-Government offices with their thick envelopes full of thousand dollar bills!!!!! The Government of California is an array of inter-linked criminal organizations which would make Al Capone Proud!!!

  2. October is Nation Mental Health Awareness Month, I have been Fighting Lincoln National Bank who is my Long term insurance for work. They are declining my claim for Long Term Disability, for not being able to work from home because of a Mental disability. “I need to work in an office”. They have been very callous and obtuse towards my claim, even with a mental caregiver supporting my claim. I have been denied, even though my employer, agrees, I am not able to work from home. What are my recourses?

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