I would like to thank everyone involved with Flip the 49th for having me tonight, and for all of your leadership for the past year.

Before tonight’s event, in an abundance of caution, our campaign engaged an experienced election law attorney solely for the purpose of analyzing the legal permissibility of my participating this evening.  And, after reviewing the factual and legal issues involved, he obviously concluded that I was able to participate.

Everything we discussed tonight was public information – whether it was the Flip the 49th Poll results, or any discussion of the strength of our campaign and our path to victory.  I fully expect that Flip the 49th will scrupulously obey the election laws, and I attended solely to exercise my First Amendment right to speak about information that’s already publicly available.

I’d also like to say that the other campaigns have known that Flip the 49th was co-hosting this Viability forum since February 1st, yet have only made their concerns known this afternoon.

It’s my opinion that by not attending, these other campaigns are showing a complete disregard for the activists who have worked so hard to put this event together, and who have also worked so hard for the past year to flip this district.

There appears to be a coordinated effort to trash this event and belittle the opinions of those in the room – and that is not the kind of contempt for the grassroots that we need in our future member of Congress. That is what we’ve come to expect from Darrell Issa.

We need someone who will embrace and fight for the grassroots.  I’m proud that the grassroots are the core of my campaign and will be at the core of my service.

Finally, I’d like to thank Christina Prejean for her courage and grace tonight. She is a hero and I’m looking forward to working with her for many years to come.

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Suzanne McMurchie · March 3, 2018 at 6:14 am

I watched the debate on the live stream, I have been a supporter of your campaign and will continue to do so til you are elected in November. Thank you for this statement and for showing up and thanks to your family as well.

Christine forster · March 3, 2018 at 8:59 pm

I want to thank you for appearing. I had been a Applegate supporter but with his not coming and holding a get together at a brewery instead was not excepted by me. You showed you cared and also have the political savvy that I am looking for in a candidate.

James P Jones · March 5, 2018 at 8:28 pm

You had the courage to attend the meeting. 10th
I also attended. You were the only candidate who was willing to talk to me. I supported Applegate two years ago, i shall vote for you in June.

Natalie Sentz · March 7, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Thank you for showing up. I invested more than a month of my life organizing the forum and was personally crushed by the non-attendance – without notice – of candidates who had committed to attend. I am switching my allegiance to the candidate who respects his constituents enough to show up.

Natalie Sentz
Co-leader, Indivisible Ocean Hills

Francine Busby · March 9, 2018 at 4:43 am

I am supporting Mike Levin because I know that, as my representative in Congress, I know that he will show up, listen to his constituents and work hard to make a difference. He cares.

Cathleen · June 20, 2018 at 3:53 am

Thanks for the excellent article

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