The California Presidential Primary Election is scheduled for March 3rd, 2020 and the Presidential hopefuls are descending upon the Golden State to stump for votes in an increasingly divided Democratic Party.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) is running on a far-left, more socialist platform and recently named freshman Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-Irvine) as her campaign co-chair. Porter has long referred to Warren as a mentor and even named her daughter after her.
Despite feeling torn on who to endorse, Porter ultimately chose Warren over California Senator Kamala Harris, a move that may ultimately prove to Harris’ benefit longterm given vulnerabilities from her last association with Porter.
But with 62 Days until ballots drop, the Democratic Presidential Primary battle lines are being drawn and causing some friction between Orange County’s freshman members of Congress.
Enter, former New York City Mayor and late entrant into the Democratic Primary, Michael Bloomberg. Besides being a billionaire many times over, Bloomberg is perhaps most-well known as having served as New York City’s Mayor as a Republican before registering as a Democrat. His entry into the race as a more moderate Democrat that can appeal post-primary is drawing sharp criticisms from Warren and her acolytes like Katie Porter who have sought to make Bloomberg’s money a point of criticism.
Sad that Bloomberg won’t be at debates so we can hear his two cents on how big money creates corruption in politics. But @ewarren has a plan for his #twocents (so all families can access to childcare and education) so I’ll joyfully go with that. Text WIN to 24477 to join! https://t.co/CptxRFbp1C
— Katie Porter (@katieporteroc) November 24, 2019
There are two issues here.
The first is that prior to challenging Warren for the Democratic nomination, the last notable, corruption creating (her words) political expenditure from Bloomberg was the $4 million he spent in Porter’s neighboring Congressional District to get Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Laguna Beach) elected. The $4 million made Rouda’s race the the most spent on a Congressional race at that time. In addition to Rouda, Bloomberg also spent millions elsewhere in Southern California electing now disgraced former Congresswoman Katie Hill, who was forced to resign last month.
The second issue, is that Rep. Harley Rouda is one of those greedy millionaires in the minds of Warren and Porter’s political base. Rouda lives in the posh gated community of Emerald Bay and according to his most recent financial disclosures makes more than $1 million a year from various corporate dealings.
Rouda and Porter do have some things in common though: both ran as moderate Democrats in 2018, both face tough election fights this year as Republicans seek to flip their districts back, and both Rouda and Porter have found themselves sucked into a highly divisive and failing impeachment attempt against President Trump.
Where Porter is different, is that it appears she has shed her moderate label heading into 2020. In 2018, Katie Porter campaigned as a moderate and took her Republican opponent to task over State and Local Tax (SALT) deductions. Today, Porter and Congressional Democrats are yet to address SALT deductions and Porter has embraced Sen. Elizabeth Warren and ostensibly her taxpayer boondoggle Medicare for All plan.
Warren has come under fire for providing scant specifics on how exactly she would pay for her $34 trillion plan – which is more what the federal government currently spends on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid combined!
The inability to fund Warren’s plan seems to have stalled Warren’s momentum in the hyper liberal Democratic Primary, but it remains to be seen how Orange County residents will react.
Orange County voters in both Harley Rouda and Katie Porter’s districts tend to skew more affluent and most are college educated. While it is unknown whether Porter and Warren’s attacks on the wealthy and their plan to saddle the top tax brackets with $34 trillion over ten years will play well with Orange County’s more conservative voters, it does appear that Warren’s opponents may have found their next tactic:
The reality for @ewarren is that this is as much to divert attention from her income and net worth as anything else. Other than steyer she is the wealthiest of all the Dem Candidates. By far. https://t.co/IuW5pVo6Sd
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 9, 2019