The monthly meeting of DemOC Pac was held on 10/17 with 2 candidates speaking.
Director Lita Rabinow spoke of 2 events that occurred last month:
Elizabeth Warren endorsed Katie Porter (45th District) and attended a local fundraiser. She spoke of our country of ideals and dreams. She encouraged those of us in Blue states to help by going to swing states to canvass and register voters.
Keith Ellison, the Vice Chair of the National Democratic Party, spoke at the local Truman Dinner. He talked about the need to have messages that are meaningful and to let voters know the Party stands for them. He insisted that Democrats "coalesce around one candidate."
As an aside, some of us involved in Orange County politics know that there are too many Democrats running for too few seats, particularly given that the top 2 primary candidates will run against each other in the general election, regardless of party. We are working to decide how to approach this (good) dilemma with the candidates. Any suggestions on how to handle this are welcomed.
Candidate in the 48th vs.. Rohrabacher
Michael is a native of Pasadena, a graduate of Michigan State with a Marketing degree, an MBA, and a Masters in Global Management. He is a businessman, a “turnaround” specialist, helping companies revive. He specializes in cutting through bureaucracy, not doing the “same old thing”.
He described health care as a right, and supports Planned Parenthood and LGBT rights.
“We are unrepresented [by Rohrabacher] in an administration that is spiraling out of control.” There has been a demographic shift to younger people, and they are 70% Democrats. He says we need to get into the communities and connect.
He asked for support and enthusiasm to flip this set and the House.
My take – he is articulate and competent – a huge improvement over Rohrabacher (as is my dog). He did quote an interesting statistic (which I have not verified) – 40% of the voters who voted for Dana Rohrabacher did so because they thought he was a woman!!! Wow – the ignorant electorate.
Candidate in the 39th vs Royce
Sam is a California native, the son of immigrants (Arab-American and Latino). He graduated George Washington Law School and chaired the Democratic Party Latino Voters Task Force. He currently works for Solar City and Tesla, building a clean energy coalition. He practiced Civil Rights law and was the Council for a Colorado Senator and the Chief-of-Staff for a Congressman. He worked at the Commerce Department under Obama creating jobs.
He sees this as a defining moment; the Democrats must win in Orange County. “This is not the old Orange County of Nixon and Reagan. This is a new Orange County.”
“Donald Trump has taken apart the foundation of who we are as Americans.” We need to organize and fight for American values. We need government that is working for us.
He supports Medicare for all. He believes it is very successful and can be scaled to all. He supports raising the minimum wage; dealing with homelessness while creating affordable housing and affordable college; and gun control – with background checks and closing the gun show loophole.
My take – smart, experienced, articulate. Great background. Basically we have fantastic choices – now we have to act on them.
Being the Superwoman that I am – I also attended the Canyon Democrats meeting (scheduled at the same time as DemOC Pac). Though I was late, I did get to hear Brian Forde (again), candidate for the 45th vs. Mimi Walters. Every time I hear him, I am more impressed. He is definitely the future. He is highly electable and very experienced. As Obama’s senior adviser in emerging technologies, he knows how to bring us into the future. He is articulate, attractive, and he has raised $400,000.
Someone asked if he could get Obama to endorse him. Wouldn’t that be cool!!! No answer.
He is hosting forums, and the first one will be about fake news. I’ll keep you posted.