Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Why I Cannot Support Dawn Ortiz-Legg for State Assembly District 35

I ran for State Assembly and lost in the primary. After the primary I went to lunch with both candidates running for State Assembly District 35 in the upcoming general election.

After that I pretty much ignored them – I was trying to get caught up on work. Recently I found time to research both Dawn Ortiz-Legg and Jordan Cunningham.

After my research I cannot support Dawn Ortiz-Legg for California Assembly.

First and foremost is Dawn’s involvement with and her co-founding of Code Pink.

Army Specialist Kevin Pannell was in Iraq for five months when he was caught in a grenade ambush in Bagdad on June 13, 2004. Four days later, surgeons amputated his left leg above the knee and his right leg below the knee. He now uses artificial legs and a wheelchair.

I echo Specialist Pannell’s sentiments: and I quote -"it was probably the most distasteful thing I had ever seen. Ever. We went by there one day and I drove by and [the anti-war protesters] had a bunch of flag-draped coffins laid out on the sidewalk. You know that 95 percent of the guys in the hospital beds lost guys whenever they got hurt and survivors' guilt is the worst thing you can deal with.”

If you want to see the face of freedom google Army Specialist Kevin Pannell.

I do not deny anyone’s right to protest a war but to protest at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is unforgivable and anyone associated with Code Pink is guilty by association.

This painfully reminds me of Vietnam and what my brothers and I went through for serving our Country, only to come home and be spit on – called baby killers. Many of these protesters were rich kids that got out of going to Vietnam because their parents could afford to send them off to college – a draft deferment. And after college it was off to Canada.

Many of these same draft dodgers took their college degrees and went into politics, while returning Veterans struggled in hell, with little or no help from a Veterans Administration that is minimally better today. Our traitors went on to become our leaders and our heroes were not welcomed home for 38 years – until March 30, 2011 by the United States Senate.

In life we all have choices. My choice has been to help Veterans and my community in whatever way I can - like the Veterans Stand Down, the Marine Corps Toys for Tots and working on making a community center become a reality.

Dawn's choice was Code Pink. As a Veteran Code Pink is about as offensive as you can get. Code Pink believes in peace through surrender - open boarders - in a perfect world that would be wonderful. But in the world that we live in Code Pink is dangerous. I'd like to believe that code pink is naive but I cannot. Code Pink traveled to Palestine and was hosted by Hamas.

Dawn told me that she would vote outside her party line to do the right thing but I have to question that.

Dawn's campaign has raised over $1,000,000.

The California Democratic Party has given her about $500,000.

32 democrats running for State Assemble have given Dawn over $125,000.

Money is pouring in from outside our district - border to border - for Dawn Ortiz-Legg - Del Norte County Democratic Central Committee $75,000 - San Diego County Democratic Party $65,000 - Democratic Central Committee or Marin $60,000 - Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee $25,000.

Dawn bashes Jordan Cunningham (her opponent) for being an attorney, yet she has many attorneys donating to her campaign. Dawn’s money is coming from outside politicians, outside special interest groups and unions.

Jordan’s money is coming from businesses and voters in the 35th district. I believe that Jordan Cunningham will be the least likely to raise taxes.

Jordan has wholeheartedly agreed to help me get some things done for Veterans, our District 35 (Paso to Lompoc) and the State of California (more on that later).

It's up to us to get Jordan Cunningham elected and then get to work making the Central Coast of California a better place for all of us to live.

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