The San Diego Union-Tribune has endorsed Mike Levin for Congress in CA-49.


“California’s 49th Congressional District, covering the northwest corner of San Diego County and the southern swath of Orange County, is one of the nation’s most closely watched House races. The decision of incumbent Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, to not seek re-election led to a wild free-for-all of a primary with 16 candidates. The two who advanced — Democratic environmental lawyer Mike Levin and Republican state Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey, both from Orange County — offered sharp contrasts in interviews with The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board.”

“Levin was better on several big issues — including gun violence prevention, nuclear waste storage and his dissection of how President Donald Trump encouraged intolerance and Republican recklessness on the environment. Voters can have hope that Levin would grow into the job.”

“What is clear … is how ill-equipped Harkey is for this job. As a Board of Equalization member, she was rebuked for using staff members to burnish her image, including having 98 board employees staff a conference in her district called ‘Connecting Women to Power.’ This and other problems led Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature to remove most of the major duties of the board.”

“Yet even though a Democrat on the board, Jerome Horton, faced even sterner criticism than she did, Harkey told the U-T board that she had been the victim of a ‘politically motivated’ attack. This is in keeping with Harkey’s history of depicting any criticism of her record as a state legislator and a Dana Point official as unfair. While Levin responds in measured tones to criticism, Harkey is overly defensive.”

“We urge voters in the 49th district to support Mike Levin. He is the clear and easy choice.”

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