Democrat Congresswoman Katie Porter has taken to addressing a national audience rather than Orange County locals in an effort to keep favorable ratings among Democrats and progressives across the country.
Porter promotes herself as a local advocate of the people. However, Porter’s constant national television appearances on MSNBC programs, including “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” “Katy Tur Reports,” “Stephanie Ruhle Reports,” “American Voices,” portray a starkly different image.
Compared to most members of congress, Porter does far more television appearances.
Her media appearances have clearly paid off, as she has received invitations to join Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
While she may be popular on camera, Porter has ignored issues she promised to fix when running. A dive into Porter’s voting history has shown she skipped more votes than 90% of congress, taking that time to pose for photos with other progressives.
Her numerous appearances on left-leaning media programs reach a vastly different audience from the politically mixed-bag of constituents she represents. According to the California Secretary of State’s website, Porter’s district has more registered Republicans than Democrats.
Next year, Porter faces reelection, and some wonder if she isolated non-Democrat voters for good. Despite garnering campaign donations and even more national popularity every time she makes a television appearance, citizens across the nation will not be the ones receiving a ballot with Porter’s name on it next November. Only Orange County voters will decide her fate.
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