Former Democratic Party of Orange County Executive Director Mike Levin has announced a run for Congress, challenging Darryl Issa.
Here’s his message:
Today, I am announcing my candidacy for United States Congress. My opponent is Republican Congressman Darrell Issa.
You know the stakes. The bedrock principles of American democracy are quite literally in jeopardy. If we are to reclaim our nation’s values, we simply must elect a Democratic House of Representatives in 2018 – a House that will exercise meaningful Congressional oversight of the Trump Administration. That means we must defeat Darrell Issa, who The New York Times recently called “the nation’s most vulnerable incumbent.”
We missed the chance to defeat Issa in 2016, even though Trump lost the 49th District by 7.4%. We cannot let that happen again. I am up to the challenge of a rough campaign in 2018, and look forward to standing on a strong record of ethics and personal integrity.
You have worked with me over the years on numerous campaigns and causes. You know that I will throw everything I have into this race. No one will out work me.
But I need your help. Today.
It may seem like the election is a long way off. But the time to act is now.
I have committed myself to raise $100,000 by March 31 – the first deadline for public financial disclosure. If I can do that, I will go a very long way towards uniting the Democratic Party behind my candidacy, and proving I am best prepared to take on – and defeat – Darrell Issa.
Click this link to make a secure online contribution today and become one of our Founding Supporters:
I only have three weeks to make my goal. Please contribute today and help me send a powerful message. The eyes of the nation will be on the 49th Congressional District in 2018. Together, we will take our country back.
The 2016 election in CD-49 was actually very winnable for Democrat Doug Applegate. The difference: Applegate all but ignored South Orange County which delivered a decisive margin of victory to Issa by about 1,600 votes. Even the Applegate campaign admits they made a mistake in not working the OC part of the district enough, and he’s already announced he’s running for the seat again.
Levin has skills Applegate lacks. He can raise money. He’s very well-connected in county and statewide political circles and has a number of national Democratic leaders on speed dial. Levin is a successful attorney and business leader in the growing Clean Technology/Clean Energy industry, which is a proven job growth sector nationally. Mike is a skilled debator, knows his issues well and he gets it on a number of fronts that both progressive reformists and establishment Democrats can rally around.
And good luck on opposition research on the guy who’s pretty squeaky clean with a beautiful young family. If you want to fault him, fault him for being a Stanford Cardinal fan (but hey, you gotta be true to your school).