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Shawn Nelson Congress Email Detail

Matthew Leslie

Shawn Nelson is one of three elected or formerly elected Republicans running to fill the 39th District U.S. Congressional Seat that will become competitive with the retirement of incumbent Ed Royce, Jr. In a recent email crowing about his endorsement by the California Republican Assembly, he reveals that he is running for Congress to, among other things, “protect you from the threat of illegal immigrants.” In a year when the biggest question Republican candidates face across the country is whether to run with or away from national disaster Donald Trump, Supervisor Nelson has wasted no time in giving us his answer.

Unregulated immigration is without doubt an issue that needs to be addressed, but in a systemic, humanitarian way that seeks to correct the underlying causes of the desperate poverty that drives the phenomenon. Beginning a list of three reasons for a congressional run with “illegal immigration,” and preceding the term with the word “threat” is an unveiled, direct appeal to a voter base that responded to similar language used by Donald Trump, who may have lost California in 2016, but had significant support in parts of the 39th Congressional District. In the race against undistinguished one term Assemblywoman and Royce protegé Young Kim and retired State Senator “Aloha” Bob Huff, the Nelson campaign has left little doubt about how it will position its candidate in the coming months.

Shawn Nelson Congress Email

Ed Royce on CNN

Congressman Ed Royce on CNN

Matthew Leslie

The “Democratic Wave” that swept recent elections earlier this month in other areas of the country does not seem to be of great concern to 39th District Congressman Ed Royce (R-Fulllerton). Though he faces up to half a dozen challengers next year for the seat he has held comfortably for two decades, Mr. Royce nonetheless evidently felt politically secure enough to vote in favor of a tax overhaul that would, in the long term, largely benefit the wealthy at the expense of middle class voters in his district.In a press release, Mr. Royce characterized H.R. 1 as “not perfect,” but a “good start.”

Like his vote earlier this year for a slipshod bill that recklessly tried to overturn the popular Affordable Care Act without providing alternative health care, Congressman Royce’s support for the Republican Party’s massive corporate tax cut reveals once and for all that his loyalties lie with the economically elite of this country, and not with ordinary working families.

To rationalize his support for a tax plan the will create a $ 1.5 trillion deficit, Ed Royce’s explanatory press release attempts to assure his constituents that he is “committed to ensuring the final product works for Californians.” Maybe it will work for Californians like Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., but there is no real reason to think that cutting cooperate taxes by 1/3 will actually draw money back into the domestic economy. It’s an out and out gamble that more jobs would somehow be created in his district as a result of this massive gift to multinational corporations, and not a chance that any responsible elected official would take without the sort of solid economic backing that is nowhere to be found behind H.R. 1.

Asserting that “It’s been 31 years since we last reformed our tax code,” Ed Royce conveniently ignores the utter failure of Reaganomics to stop the ensuing and continuing deterioration of the middle class in this country a generation ago. Corporate growth does not automatically equal better living standards for Americans. A plan so bad that it caused even Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) to balk should not have been supported by Ed Royce either.

Small Business---so small it hasn't made any money.

Small Business—so small it hasn’t made any money.

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva’s re-election campaign has challenged the ballot designation submitted by her only opponent, Republican Young Kim of La Habra. According to an OC Register story by veteran political writer Martin Wisckol, Ms. Kim listed her occupation as “Small Businesswoman,” claiming that she “reactivated” a consulting business after leaving the employ of Congressman Ed Royce, Jr.’s office, where she had served as an aide for twenty years.

Ballot designations can be a crucial factor in deciding who wins a race. Voters are notoriously lazy, and often choose a candidate based on little more than an occupation listed next to their name. “Small Business Woman” sounds much better than “Director of Community Relations and Asian Affairs” Ret. (although candidates are limited to only three words) when one is running on a platform to make California “business-friendly so businesses can grow and create jobs.”

The Quirk-Silva campaign reportedly objected to the “Small Business Woman” designation submitted by Ms. Kim because her “financial disclosures filed last week show no income from her business and that it has no website.” Mr. Wiskol goes on to report that Young Kim’s “political consultant Dave Gilliard countered that she legally established the business last year and started making money from it only this year.”

For twenty years someone is a political insider, but then leaves government work for the private sector just before running for a seat in the California State Assembly, but makes no money the first year as a consultant? Not the best record for a candidate from a political party that ostensibly values small government and respects business acumen.

Of course, anyone who casts a vote based only on a ballot designation deserves whatever they get in office, but candidates should also be as forthright as possible when representing their primary occupation to the electorate.

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