Former Democratic Congressman Harley Rouda took to social media to share some new photos of himself in the wake of Orange County’s recent oil spill.
In a post, Rouda can be seen casually posing in front of the water and an oil rig. The background is slightly blurred, boosting the image of himself staring into the distance featuring his trademark “duck lips” smolder. People accused Rouda of taking the photo of himself more seriously than the actual spill.
How many poses did you do to get the final shot?
— Curtis (@Infamous_CC) October 4, 2021
Who is your modeling agent, AOC? We are embarrassed for you Bro
— John McFeron (@JohnMcferon) October 6, 2021
Taking high-resolution photos is on brand for Rouda. His campaign website has a link which connects to his Flickr page, which contains numerous high quality, professional-looking photos of himself.
Rouda narrowly lost his race for a second term in Congress to Republican Michelle Steel back in 2020.
Meanwhile, Steel has been vocal in asking President Joe Biden to authorize a Major Disaster Declaration for Orange County
“Constituents who live along the shoreline are already dealing with tar balls and strong odors,” Steel continued. “I am encouraged by officials already responding to protect sea life. Dead fish and birds are being reported on beaches and shorelines.”
NEWS: I sent a letter to @GavinNewsom this morning urging him to join me in requesting a major disaster declaration from @POTUS for Orange County following the devastating oil spill impacting our community. This is imperative as we continue cleanup and relief efforts.
— Rep. Michelle Steel (@RepSteel) October 4, 2021
While the White House has not compiled, press secretary Jen Psaki says officials are closely watching the situation and are providing federal resources to assist.
“Response efforts are scheduled to continue until federal and state officials determine that the response to that crude oil spill is complete,” Psaki said.