L.A. Daily News: We’re fighting Trump from here to Washington – Brad Sherman

President Donald Trump poses a threat to our neighborhoods, and to the world. Last Sunday, Noah Edelson wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Daily News wondering what I was doing about it.

I owe Mr. Edelson, one of my constituents in California’s 30th Congressional District, a response on what I’m doing to communicate, legislate and organize.

Mr. Edelson writes that he attended our town-hall meeting in Van Nuys on Feb. 24 and plans to attend our next one. I hope you will too: Saturday, April 22, at 2 p.m., at Reseda High School. Parking and refreshments are free.

Mr. Edelson urges telephone town halls. Our next one will be in June. Before that, we’ll host a Facebook town hall in May.

Mr. Edelson urges me to more send emails. House rules severely limit spam emails — but they allow almost unlimited email to those who sign up. If you want to be informed, go to BradSherman.House.gov and sign up. I’ll keep you informed of events in Washington, D.C., and give you details about our upcoming Valley Town Halls. And follow me on Twitter: @BradSherman.

Mr. Edelson wants me to speak out. See BradSherman.house.gov for a 23-page list of the actions I’ve taken to stop Trump in the last 70 days. These include co-sponsoring legislation that would void Trump’s Muslim Ban, force Trump to release his tax returns, and create an independent commission to investigate possible collusion between Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

You’ll also want to see my legislative efforts to eliminate the Electoral College, overturn the Citizens United on campaign finance and protect Planned Parenthood — and the Sanders-Sherman Bill to break up the too-big-to-fail banks.

See my YouTube page, by searching “Congressman Brad Sherman,” to watch my House floor speeches and TV appearances. I was the first to call for a special counsel — special prosecutor — to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin (see the Jan. 16 clip from MSNBC). I don’t just preach to the choir. I’m often on Fox News. See the recent clips from Bill O’Reilly and Tucker Carlson.

I joined the Women’s March on Jan. 21, and as a CPA I’m speaking at the “March to Release Trump’s Tax Returns” on April 15 at 10 a.m. in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. And I will be speaking at the “March for Science” on April 22 at 10 a.m., also at Pershing Square.

To stop Trump’s dangerous agenda, we need to affect Republican members of Congress. Millions of marchers haven’t persuaded them. What will? A Congressional election — and we don’t have to wait until 2018.

Tom Price was recently selected by Donald Trump to #MakeAmericaSickAgain. Price resigned from Congress and joined the Trump Cabinet as secretary of Health and Human Services.

Trump appointed Price because he was certain a Republican would be elected to replace Price and represent Georgia’s 6th District. After all, “Georgia 6” is Newt Gingrich’s old seat.

The special election is April 18, and surprisingly, Democrat Jon Ossoff is leading in the polls. If a Democrat wins Georgia’s 6th district, it will shake the Republican Congressional Caucus like an 8.6 on the Richter scale.

Valley volunteers, including the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, Indivisible, and the Action Huddles, have already made thousands of calls to individual voters in Georgia’s 6th district — in fact, we’ve done more than just about any other Congressional district outside of Georgia.

We know Valley phone banks can be effective. Last fall, Valley volunteers made more than 50,000 calls to voters in Nevada and Florida, both swing states, to help elect Jacky Rosen and Val Demings. They both won close elections and have been with me on the House floor fighting to preserve Obamacare, protect immigrants and defend the EPA.

You want to stop Trump? Sign up for our Valley phone bank at BradSherman.com.

Elections have consequences.

Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, represents California’s 30th District in the U.S. Congress.

Congressman Brad Sherman Wins by 21 Points

Sherman Oaks – Congressman Brad Sherman won the race to represent California’s new 30th Congressional District by a margin of 21%.

The final results are as follows: Sherman: 60.5%, Berman: 39.5%.

“Our internal polling was spot on, and showed why we won this race,” said Scott Abrams, Sherman’s campaign manager. “Valley voters started with a high opinion of both candidates and continued those strong favorabilities right through the end. At the beginning of the race the areas in Sherman’s old district, Berman’s old district, and the regions not represented by either one, had different views of the candidates. By the end of the race these regional differences were slight, and both candidates were regarded similarly in all the areas of the district. In the end, the voters didn’t care about style but sided with Sherman on the three public policy issues that most differentiated the candidates:

• Voters agreed with Sherman that we should have robust, expanding trade, but that it should be fair and balanced. They rejected the so-called free trade agreements that have marked American policy over the last two decades.

• They agreed with Sherman’s emphasis on fighting to preserve Valley home values, helping home buyers get financing, and helping Valley homeowners refinance at low interest rates.

• They agreed with Sherman’s leading role in opposing the $700 billion TARP bailout of Wall Street, and forcing changes in the TARP program.”

Congressman Sherman said, “Neither Howard Berman or I wanted this contest. The vast majority of voters would prefer to have both of us working for them in Washington. Howard Berman has done much to preserve the Santa Monica Mountains, improve Hansen Dam, and fight for our local entertainment industry. He wrote the bill that helps farm workers organize, and the False Claims Act Amendments which saved the federal government billions of dollars. For forty years he has served our state and country, and his long service on the Foreign Affairs Committee, particularly as its former Chairman, benefitted the entire world. Of particular note were his efforts to strengthen the US-Israel relationship, and his leadership in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.”

Congressman Sherman was first elected to Congress in 1996. In January, Sherman will be entering his 9th term in Congress and will hold more seniority on the House Foreign Affairs Committee than any other Democratic voting member of Congress.

Latest Reports Show Sherman With Giant 6 To 1 Fund-Raising Lead

The latest Federal Elections Commission filings show Congressman Brad Sherman going into the November election with a giant fund-raising advantage over his rival for the 30th Congressional District seat, Howard Berman.

“We have more than six times as much money in the bank as Berman. That presents the Berman campaign with a very daunting fund-raising challenge,” said Parke Skelton, chief campaign strategist for the Sherman campaign.

The new numbers for the period May 17 to June 30 show Sherman with cash-on-hand of $3,008,514. Berman, on the other hand, has a mere $446,849 in the bank. A Berman-affiliated super-PAC has less than $10,000 cash-on-hand.

The financial numbers are all the more telling when viewed in the context of the June primary when Sherman won what could only be called a landslide victory over Berman despite being heavily outspent. Sherman got 42 percent of the vote, Berman 32 percent in the June 6 primary. Berman’s lackluster showing at the polls came even after his authorized campaign spent $4.2 million and his super PAC spent almost $600,000, for a total expenditure of $4.8 million.

“We were heavily outspent but won in the primary,” said Skelton. “Now going into the second half of this race not only do we have a victory under our belt but also we have an imposing financial advantage. We feel very confident about our situation.”

Contact: John Schwada
(310) 709-0056

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