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Democrat Dave Min (CA-45) Statement on Graham-Cassidy Bill

Irvine, CA – Dave Min, Democratic candidate for Congress in California’s 45th Congressional District, released the following statement:

“Congressional Republicans are once again trying to defund Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act, against the strong wishes of the American people. This latest version of TrumpCare would eliminate patient protections against lifetime caps and pre-existing conditions, and strip 32 million Americans of their existing coverage, including 83,400 people in California’s 45th Congressional District.

I believe healthcare is a human right and that we need to be taking steps to ensure that all Americans have healthcare coverage. Mimi Walters thinks otherwise. Rep. Walters helped draft the very first version of TrumpCare, and has consistently been one of its loudest and most aggressive advocates. When TrumpCare was passed by the House of Representatives on a party line vote, Mimi Walters celebrated the fact that millions of Americans would lose their health insurance by toasting with Donald Trump in the Rose Garden.

I’m calling on Representative Walters to explain to the 32 million Americans who would completely lose their coverage why she was ‘very proud’ to vote to remove their coverage with TrumpCare and why she supports the Graham-Cassidy bill.”

Congresswoman Judy Chu endorses Dave Min for Congress

Irvine – Congresswoman Judy Chu announced her public support for Democrat Dave Min’s campaign for the 45th Congressional District.

“As the Trump Administration continues to ignore the needs of regular Americans, compromise our leadership around the globe, and pursue policies that conflict with American values, it is more important than ever that we elect smart and thoughtful leaders to Congress. I’m supporting Dave Min for Congress in California’s 45th district because I know that he will work every day to make life better for his constituents in Orange County. On education, environmental protection, healthcare, jobs and a host of other issues, Dave Min has demonstrated that he understands what is at stake and shares our values. I’m proud to endorse Dave Min for Congress.”

Dave Min said he is proud to have the endorsement of the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress. Ms. Chu is the first member of the House of Representatives to weigh in with an endorsement in the 45th Congressional District race for 2018.

“Congresswoman Chu has been a trailblazer for the Asian American community and I’m honored to have earned her endorsement. Ms. Chu and I were both born to immigrant families who wanted to pursue a better life, not only for themselves but for future generations to come. I will follow in her footsteps by fighting to ensure that the American Dream remains attainable to the children and families of southern California.”

Congresswoman Chu, who lives in Monterey Park, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2009. Chu currently represents the 27th Congressional District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of southern California.

Join Rep. Chu in supporting Dave Min today. Will you donate $25 to support his campaign?

Ending DACA is cruel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 4, 2017
Contact: Paige Hutchinson, 402-304-5742

Dave Min, candidate for Congress in California’s 45th district, released the following statement:

“Ending DACA is cruel, immoral and incredibly short-sighted. DREAMers were brought to this country at a young age and have contributed to our economy and social fabric. They are law-abiding students, veterans and workers who will be driven back into the shadows. As the son of immigrants, I directly benefited from the United States’ rich heritage of immigration.
The 800,000 enrolled in DACA met the requirements of being enrolled in school, having earned a high school diploma or GED or served in the military as well as posing no threat to public safety. We should honor the commitment we made to them when they bravely stepped out of the shadows.

As an educator at UC Irvine, which I’m so proud to note has more than half its student body made up of first-generation college students, I’m acutely aware of the fact that many of our nation’s best and brightest students are DREAMers. We must take action. I call on Representative Mimi Walters to vote to codify DACA and rebuke President Trump for using these young people who are examples of the American Dream as a political punching bag.”

Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is an issue close to my heart and at the core of my work. As a woman, a mother, and the director of the Domestic Violence Clinic and the Initiative to End Family Violence at the University of California, Irvine, I know gender equity and equality are imperative to progress. When women are equal and have access to necessary resources, our society thrives.

My husband, Dave, knows this and it’s clear in his parenting and in his politics. We are partners in everything we’ve done, and at a time when women’s rights are in serious jeopardy, Dave will not only defend our rights, he will demand progress and work for needed change.

We have come a long way since women achieved the right to vote in 1920, but as you know, our rights are always in danger. Much progress is still needed regarding healthcare access, gender-based violence prevention, affordable child care, the wage gap, and many other concerns disproportionately affecting women. With Trump in office, we are at risk of losing the progress we’ve achieved.

Let’s put someone in office who will move us forward, not backwards.

Thank you for your support,
Jane Stoever

Darkness Cannot Drive out Darkness

This weekend has been one that will be forever engrained in our memory as an example of the hatred that has been normalized in Donald Trump’s America. As neo-Nazis took to the streets to protest, they chanted our President’s name. David Duke, former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, said that the protests were to “fulfill the promises of Donald Trump” to “take our country back.” This is not the country that I know and love.

But darkness cannot drive out darkness.

Last night I had the honor to attend a peaceful rally against the neo-Nazism we saw in Charlottesville. I was surrounded by hundreds of Orange County residents in Santa Ana, many of whom are my neighbors here in California’s 45th District. I was amazed by the sense of community, love, and acceptance you could feel among the crowd. Ours is not a community that hates, it is one that celebrates the diversity that makes us great.

That’s why I was so surprised that our current representative and my opponent, Mimi Walters, was nowhere to be found. It took her an entire day yesterday to move from “speaking out loudly against hatred” to finally denouncing white supremacism – the same white supremacism that was so prevalent this past year on the campaign trail, when she was supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy.
Mimi Walters’ condemnation of white supremacy is welcome, but it’s just another unfortunate example of her toeing the Republican party line. Her statements came after Paul Ryan released almost identical comments – somewhere around the time the GOP decided that neo-Nazism was wrong.

More importantly, this appears to all be empty rhetoric as Ryan and Walters have failed to match their words with actions. Mimi Walters has voted with Donald Trump 100% of the time since he took office, and continues to act as a rubber stamp for the GOP’s agenda.

That’s why I’m running to replace Mimi Walters – because Orange County deserves a Representative who has no problem denouncing darkness, and standing together in solidarity with the diverse community that makes America, and our community here in the 45th district, great.

I’d appreciate hearing your thoughts – please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or anyone on my campaign at any point. Thank you all for your continued support.

In solidarity,

NEW AD: Min Campaign Challenges Trump and GOP Immigration Policy

Irvine – Congressional Candidate Dave Min released the first ad of his campaign in response to Donald Trump’s support for a Republican plan to slash legal immigration and discriminate against immigrants who do not speak English.

“My parents grew up during the Korean War and immigrated here to pursue the American dream,” Min said. “Immigrants like my parents built this country. Donald Trump’s vision for America would harm our economy and our children’s future.”

In contrast with incumbent Congresswoman Mimi Walters (CA-45), who recently said, “Trump has exceeded her expectations,” and has voted with the Trump Administration 100% of the time, Min shares the values of the voters he is seeking to represent in Washington. Located in the heart of Orange County, California’s 45th Congressional District is trending away from Republicans.

Last year, Hillary Clinton won the district by more than 5 points in large part due to Trump’s hostile rhetoric and policies towards immigrants and minorities. The district is well-educated and diverse with a large population of Asian-Americans (25%), Latinos (18%) and foreign born residents (30%).

“Donald Trump doesn’t understand communities like Orange County, and he doesn’t share our values,” said Min. “We need a representative who will stand up to his dangerous agenda, and do what is right for our community.”

New York Times: Democrats, Hoping to Retake House, Walk Tightrope in Unlikely Places

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Eileen Aispur tried to contain a bless-your-heart-level giggle as she listened to David Min, a Democrat, explain why she should consider him for a House seat representing this hill-ringed, steamy district south of Los Angeles. “We’re all Republicans here,” she blurted.

Still, he persisted. “I’m a fiscally responsible Democrat,” said Mr. Min, a law professor and one of a flock of Democrats seeking to leverage President Trump’s vulnerabilities to unseat House Republicans across the country. “If you don’t approve of the Trump agenda, I’m providing an alternative.”

After several losses in special elections in heavily Republican districts, Democrats’ efforts to win back the House are focusing largely on affluent suburban districts — in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Southern California — where Hillary Clinton prevailed in her failed bid for the White House.

They are also focusing on districts where they hope to win back voters they lost to Mr. Trump last year, a knotty task that entails a pro-worker populist pitch in some districts, a pro-business, fiscal discipline pitch in others, and a careful pro-Affordable Care Act position in all.

“Some people have said our pathway to the majority is to do well in working-class districts where Trump was able to win last year and demonstrate to those voters that they have been sold a bill of goods,” said Achim Bergmann, a Democratic campaign consultant working on several House races. “But we also need to get to voters in districts that have not been traditionally competitive but voted against Trump, and are primed to support someone who will be a check on Trump.”

For their part, Republicans are looking for opportunities in Rust Belt states where Mr. Trump prevailed but House Democrats held on.

Midterm congressional elections tend to pivot largely on swing districts where Republicans and Democrats have roughly equal chances of winning. But with so few of these left, both parties are now relying on their own interpretations of which seats they can force into play, with Republicans largely on defense, as the party in power tends to lose seats in midterm years even when the president is popular.

While Republicans cling to a 52-48 majority in the Senate, Democrats in that chamber face difficult re-election campaigns in many states where Mr. Trump won — and scarce opportunities to win Republican seats.

The House landscape is different: Republicans there have been largely averse to confronting Mr. Trump, fearing the alienation of the president’s stalwart supporters more than the loss of disillusioned Republicans.

Democrats are betting that Republicans’ near lock-step allegiance with Mr. Trump, matched with an anemic list of legislative accomplishments in this Congress and traditionally low voter turnout in a midterm year when Democrats are energized, could make it happen for them. Democrats are also counting on Mr. Trump’s sinking approval rating, among all but Republican voters, to continue to fall.

“It is urgent that Democrats win the House in 2018 to restore financial stability and a path to the future for hard-working families,” said Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California and the House minority leader. “A Democratic victory is critical for the sake of the good health of the American people, the strength of our democracy and the future of our planet. Nothing less is at stake than America as we know it.”

In some places, like many districts in California, the Republican voter advantage has shrunk in recent years; in the district that includes Anaheim, where Representative Mimi Walters, a Republican, is seeking re-election, that edge has dropped from 43 percent in 2014 to just shy of 40 percent now.

“If Republicans are telling you they are on offense this cycle, they are delusional,” said Meredith Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “They had to spend $25 million to hold on to Kansas, Georgia, Montana and South Carolina. If they have to spend even a fraction of that money to defend their incumbents, they won’t be able to go on offense.”

Yet, after a bruising loss in the suburbs of Atlanta, Democrats have had to examine their playbook.

The Georgia race to fill the seat of Tom Price, the health and human services secretary, saw Republicans successfully cover the Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, with a bucket of Pelosi paint.

“The memories of her speakership and disapproval of her is so potent, and not just for the base,” said Matt Gorman, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “She turns off independents as well. It was consistent in Georgia 6 and other suburban affluent districts.”

Taking that lesson, Democrats are honing their messages to make them specific to districts, rather than sticking to the national party’s talking points, and steering away as much as possible from the struggle between the progressive base and moderate Democrats.

“There are a lot of people in this district who don’t like Trump but don’t like the national Democratic Party either,” said Mr. Min, who is one of a handful of Democrats hoping to unseat Ms. Walters, who is in her second term here and is closely aligned with Mr. Trump on contentious issues like health care.

The alchemy of message and candidate is always the hardest to master. To that end, from southern Michigan to Staten Island to here in Orange County, Democrats are fielding candidates with military experience — helpful in Republican-leaning districts — and those with health care backgrounds, from doctors to a neuroscientist to a woman who is emphasizing her experience as a breast cancer survivor.

“I am telling people I am not a Hillary person or a Bernie person. I’m running a local race,” said Mr. Min, who has his eyes fixed carefully on nonaffiliated and Republican voters — Asians and parents in particular — who voted for Mrs. Clinton last year.

Republicans — and many election experts — say that even though midterm elections have historically been tough on the party in power, last year clearly demonstrated that voters make a distinction between congressional Republicans and Mr. Trump, especially when it comes to some incumbents like Representative Ed Royce, who represents a district near here. Voters cooled themselves at the Independence Day parade Mr. Min attended with paper fans festooned with Mr. Royce’s name.

Unhappiness with Mr. Trump’s policies “does not mean that those mainstream Republicans are willing to throw out every elected official,” said Nathan Gonzales, the editor of Inside Elections. “It is unclear whether voters now consider Trump and congressional Republicans under the same banner and hold them responsible for him.”

At the same time, trying to recapture independents and Trump-voting Democrats alone will not do the trick. “The fight for the House includes different battles in lots of different types of districts,” Mr. Gonzales said. “Democrats know they can’t compete in just the Clinton-Republican districts and take back the majority. There’s just not enough of one type of seat.”

-Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times

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Democrat Dave Min (CA-45) Announces Impressive Fundraising Haul

Min Will Report Over $300K Raised Since April Launch

Irvine, CA – Democratic Congressional Candidate Dave Min announced today that he has raised more than $302,000 since launching his campaign at the beginning of the second quarter.

“The support we’ve received from donors large and small shows that people in Orange County want someone to represent them in Congress, not someone who will rubber-stamp the Trump agenda,” said Min. “Unlike the incumbent Republican Mimi Walters, I’ve been getting out in the community and listening to the voters every day. I am confident that with this outpouring of support, we will have the resources we need to win.”

Dave is running for Congress to help create a better America with economic fairness, access to affordable health care, a clean environment, and opportunity for all that reflects our core values of diversity and that drew his parents and millions of others like them to America in search of a better life. Dave will stand up to Donald Trump and his reckless and senseless policies, and will work tirelessly to create an economy that works for everyone so all Orange County families can prosper.

Celebrating Father’s Day

For Father’s Day, I wanted to share about Dave, my partner in life and parenting.

When Dave and I began dating in law school, I quickly saw what a caring, curious, bright and good person he was. I had a feeling that the future with him would be wonderful. Fifteen years later, as we parent our three children, this feeling remains.

Over the years, we’ve shared our values and supported each other’s dreams and efforts to make the world a better place. I have so many stories about Dave doing the right thing, even when it wasn’t the easiest. I’ve seen how Dave cares for our three children, Teddy, Emmy and Paxton, and sets an incredible example of compassion, inclusivity, hard work, and good humor while dedicating himself to public service.

Emmy and Teddy understand why Dave is running for Congress. In their own words it’s because “Donald Trump makes bad choices” (Emmy) and “to help us and help all the children” (Teddy).

Dave’s campaign is working mightily for the next generation. This the most important thing our family can imagine doing, and I hope you join us.

Happy Father’s Day, Dave, and to fathers everywhere.


Fiona Ma Endorses Dave Min for Congress

June 7, 2017

Irvine – Leading California Democrat Fiona Ma today endorsed Dave Min for Congress in California’s 45th Congressional district– one of the top targets to flip the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. Ma is the Chair of the California Board of Equalization and was named Emerge California’s Woman of the Year in 2016.

“Dave Min is exactly the right kind of candidate we need to win in Orange County,” said Ma. “He understands and represents the growing diversity of the 45th District. Dave is tirelessly out in the community working to build the grassroots support necessary to challenge the pro-Trump extreme right. Most importantly, Dave understands the first principle of politics– that to be a good representative, you have to get out there and listen to the people you are hoping to represent.”

Min, who announced his campaign in early April, has already held a live town hall and met many thousands of residents of California’s 45th Congressional District, and will be holding his next town hall in late June, the latest in a series of monthly town halls Min is convening. Min has declared his campaign’s intention to achieve “Two Degrees of Dave Min”—the idea that everyone in the district will have met Min or will know someone who has met him—by the general election in November 2018.

Ma, a certified public accountant, was elected to the Board of Equalization in 2014 and selected Chair in 2016. She previously served as the Majority Whip and Speaker Pro Tempore of the California State Assembly, and also spent six years on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She was the first Asian-American woman to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore in the Assembly. In these roles she has championed countless progressive issues to protect children, support women and families, and preserve our natural environment.

“I am proud to have this endorsement from Fiona,” said Min. “Throughout her career in public service, she has been an incredibly effective advocate for everyday people,” Min said. “I share her commitment to investing in California families so we can all look forward to a brighter future of shared prosperity and opportunity.”