Some last minute shenanigans need to be dealt with in the race to replace John Campbell in Congress. Drew Leavens is the only Democrat in the race and he doesn’t have the party’s official endorsement but he certainly has the de facto endorsement of the DPOC members as evidenced from the support Leavens is getting from Henry Vandermeir and other prominent party leaders. I should also mention, Leavens and Greg Raths are the only candidates for this seat who actually live in the District, Leavens having moved into Irvine a few months ago. This is a far cry from the 550 square foot rented efficiency Mimi Walters calls home, but doesn’t reside in.
What’s prompted this? An email from candidate Al Salehi going after Democratic voters. I attended a Lincoln Club/Irvine Chamber candidates’s breakfast several weeks ago where Salehi briefly had control of the microphone and announced to the Republicans sitting in the audience that he was “a candidate for sale.” He openly admitted to being ready to “take” from special interests to give back to the district. There was some mumbo jumbo about everyone getting free Dell laptops and my first thought was “why Dell?” The candidate’s statements generated laughter…directed at him not with him. I’ve dismissed him as a flake. I was there. I heard Salehi say he was for sale.
But his email below, on the eve of the election, is dishonest on a few fronts. Here it is:
Dear Democratic Voter:
I have been endorsed by President Bill Clinton and Governor Bill Richardson. The Democratic candidate failed to get his own party’s endorsement. he is from San Diego County and cannot win this seat, so don’t waste your vote. As the sole independent candidate, I’m your only chance to keep a right wing rubber stamp from capturing the 45th Congressional District.
Send an Independent voice to Congress!
As a Trustee of the local library district, I am a public official who puts education first. I was born in Laguna Beach, where I ran track at LBHS and chaired the Community Anti-Drug Coalition, advocating for rehabilitation rather than costly incarceration. I saw my Persian-immigrant parents sacrifice for their kids, and I’m determined to make the American Dream come true for all who earn it — regardless of origin.
With the retirement of incumbent John Campbell, you have a rare opportunity to let your voice be heard. Send a message to Washington in favor of bipartisan cooperation and give President Obama the ability to accomplish his objectives without impediment in his last two years. Democrats only comprise 30% of the vote in the 45th District. Together with non-partisans, however, we comprise 60% of the vote!
Join the new majority. Vote Al Salehi for Congress!
We’ve already established Drew lives in the district and has unofficial party support. If you’re a Democrat, he deserves your vote. But Bill Clinton hasn’t endorsed Salehi for Congress; Bill Clinton gave Salehi a commendation when Salehi was in high school. That is a far cry from an endorsement. Bill Richardson signed an autograph for Salehi wishing him luck in his race and writing “I hope you win.” Well, I have an autographed photo from Baywatch actress Erika Eleniak wishing me “all her love” but I certainly won’t be leaving my wife to start a new romance over a throwaway line on a photo. But that’s what Salehi is asking Democratic voters to believe.
If you’re voting for Congress tomorrow and you want someone who will represent the interests of CD-45 and Democratic values, please place your vote for Drew Leavens tomorrow.