Jay Chen is a dynamic and smart Democratic candidate for Congress who has Ed Royce so afraid that Royce cancels appearances where Chen will be and Royce refused to debate Chen least he give voters in North Orange County any reason to doubt why they should return Royce to Congress. Blue America profiled Chen this week and you can read the entire post here.
From the post:
Jay’s opponent is Ed Royce, who represents a neighboring district in Orange County but is trying to make the move to Jay’s area. That’s a problem for him because he’s made a career of exactly two things: serving the interests of the Big Banks that have financed his career, and demogoguing the most sordid kinds of racism and bigotry. And “his” new district is 30% Asian and 30% Latino. Royce proudly boasts being California’s “most effective conservative” and that he was a Tea Partier before there was a Tea Party. His 20-year record in Congress includes trying to end the Voting Rights Act, weakening laws protecting women, fighting against subprime mortgage regulation, and voting to privatize Medicare. He believes Arizona’s “Show me your Papers” law should be the national standard, and has been caught on film describing multiculturalism as “odious.”
The new 39th CD is full of the same folks that Royce has tried to disenfranchise over the years with draconian English-only laws and attacks on diversity. This district needs a Congressman who will fight to rebuild Main Street, not just fight to protect Wall Street. “We need new leadership,” Jay told us, “and I intend to bring it.”
Readers will recall that Royce was also on the dias in Villa Park when Deborah Pauly went into her anti-Muslim screed against Islamic women and children entering a meeting. Many of Royce’s posts on the dying of not dead RedCounty.com blog show the Congressman is more concerned with battling radical Islam in Pakistan than he is about the residents of Fullerton and Brea.
The last item in the Blue America post is worth republishing here:
Royce has been ducking the League of Women Voters’ request to set up a debate. He’s afraid of Jay– and Jay says they have a lot to talk about… in front of the voters: “Recently, Royce voted to weaken the Violence Against Women Act, lower penalties and punishments for abuse against women and to remove the exemption for rape and incest that Republican anti-Choice legislation still has. As millions of families were still reeling from the subprime mortgage market he helped deregulate, Royce voted against a critical measure to help families save their homes. He also voted, again, to give insurance companies the right to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
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