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Rep. Ami Bera, seen at a 2012 campaign event, posted a request for ways to cut waste and used a picture of a Rancho Cordova sign. That annoyed Councilman David Sander.

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The Buzz: Ami Bera’s post offends some Rancho Cordova Republicans

Published: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 - 12:00 am

Councilman bristles at implication of local waste

A picture is worth a thousand words. Or, in this case, a maximum of 140 characters.

Earlier this week, Rep. Ami Bera’s office posted a Facebook message asking constituents for ideas about how to cut government spending. The accompanying photograph was of the city of Rancho Cordova sign. The same image had been used before on other posts by the Elk Grove Democrat.

Rancho Cordova Councilman David Sander responded to the congressman on Twitter: “If you are looking for government waste, you are looking about 2,400 miles too far west!”

Sander has endorsed one of Bera’s opponents, Republican ex-Rep. Doug Ose, but insisted the matter was unrelated. “Here’s a federal officeholder talking about waste and abuse and using a photo of a very efficient local government,” Sander told The Sacramento Bee. “We are really image-sensitive here.”

Bera said through a spokeswoman that it was all a misunderstanding. “The survey he posted was about cutting wasteful federal spending, and he frankly thinks the federal government could learn a lot from well-run cities like Rancho Cordova,” Allison Teixeira said.

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