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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.

Thanks,
Jane

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.”

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Min Calls Trump Withdrawal from Paris Agreement “shocking, impulsive, anti-science action”

June 1, 2017

Min Calls Trump Withdrawal from Paris Agreement “shocking, impulsive, anti-science action”

Irvine, CA – Dave Min today called Donald Trump’s decision today to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, “another example of a shocking, impulsive, anti-science action from the Trump Administration that not only threatens the environmental stability of our planet, but threatens the United States’ role as the leader of the free world.”

“While Donald Trump works to rig the system for the coal industry, countries like China and Germany are passing us by as leaders in solar and wind energy development. Withdrawing from the Climate Accord also means withdrawing from the economy of the future – where the U.S. and California should always lead,” Min said.

Min’s opponent, Mimi Walters, has remained silent on the Administration’s decision.

“With a 4% lifetime LCV score, it’s not surprising that Mimi Walters has nothing to say here. Not only has she been acting as a rubber-stamp for all of Trump’s policies since he’s been in office – she has been laying the groundwork for this for years now by continually voting to undermine our children’s future. We must hold her accountable, and that starts by replacing her in 2018.”

Dave Min is a nationally-recognized economic policy expert and a professor of law at UC Irvine. A former enforcement attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission and economic policy advisor to Senator Chuck Schumer and the Center for American Progress, Dave is running for Congress in California’s 45th Congressional District. Learn more at www.davemin.com

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NBC News: ‘Policy Nerd’ Dave Min Wants to Give Up Academia for a Seat in Congress

When Dave Min was growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, he was told on occasion that he’d make a great politician one day.

“I was a hyper rapscallion and always articulate,” Min, now a 41-year-old law professor, told NBC News. “But I never thought about politics — I wanted to be a molecular scientist until I did actual physics.”

Min went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School before working in the Senate, but it wasn’t until President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven predominately-Muslim countries that he and his wife — Jane Stoever, a fellow law professor — seriously thought about politics.

“It was so opposed to everything I feel America stands for,” Min said. “We made some phone calls to some of my old colleagues and quickly that turned into deciding to run for office.”

Min, who teaches contracts law and banking courses at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine), is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Mimi Walters in California’s 45th Congressional District, which includes Irvine and several other Orange County cities, in 2018. Home to more than 700,000, its population is approximately 24 percent Asian American and Pacific Islander.

Orange County is traditionally Republican but went Democrat in 2016, with 49.8 percent voting for Hillary Clinton compared to 44.9 for Trump, according to the California secretary of state. Walters was reelected last year with 58.6 percent of the vote.

The potential to flip the congressional seat has also attracted Min’s UC Irvine Law School colleague, Katie Porter, and Kia Hamadanchy, an Orange County native and fellow former senate staffer, to enter the race.

“There are so many fundamentally wrong and un-American things that this administration does and condones, and Mimi Walters is endorsing them, or being quiet, and that makes me angry,” Min said.

When Dave Min was growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, he was told on occasion that he’d make a great politician one day.

“I was a hyper rapscallion and always articulate,” Min, now a 41-year-old law professor, told NBC News. “But I never thought about politics — I wanted to be a molecular scientist until I did actual physics.”

Min went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School before working in the Senate, but it wasn’t until President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven predominately-Muslim countries that he and his wife — Jane Stoever, a fellow law professor — seriously thought about politics.

“It was so opposed to everything I feel America stands for,” Min said. “We made some phone calls to some of my old colleagues and quickly that turned into deciding to run for office.”

Orange County is traditionally Republican but went Democrat in 2016, with 49.8 percent voting for Hillary Clinton compared to 44.9 for Trump, according to the California secretary of state. Walters was reelected last year with 58.6 percent of the vote.

The potential to flip the congressional seat has also attracted Min’s UC Irvine Law School colleague, Katie Porter, and Kia Hamadanchy, an Orange County native and fellow former senate staffer, to enter the race.

“There are so many fundamentally wrong and un-American things that this administration does and condones, and Mimi Walters is endorsing them, or being quiet, and that makes me angry,” Min said.

Min has not been shy about calling out Walters on Twitter for residing outside of the district and not holding public, in-person town halls.

Min believes there are plenty of Republicans in the district who are not racist or xenophobic, and are just as bothered by the administration and Walters, he added.

“If we don’t stand up for people who are being targeted right now, we will be next,” said Min. “It’s not a partisan issue. It’s ‘Are you going to let something happen that could fundamentally change the character of this country?”

Walters’ office disputed those criticisms.

“A top priority for Congresswoman Walters is community outreach and meeting with her constituents. Since she was first elected to Congress two-and-a-half years ago, she has held dozens of community coffees, and numerous in-person and telephone town halls,” T.W. Arrighi, Walters’ communications director told NBC News.

“In fact, on May 1, Congresswoman Walters held a telephone town hall meeting in which tens of thousands of constituents participated and provided invaluable feedback on the issues most important to the district,” he added.

Min traces his passion for fairness and social justice to being the son of Korean immigrants who arrived in New England in 1972 to pursue doctoral degrees at Brown University.

“What brought my parents here was a sense that if you play by the rules of the game, you could make something of your life and to me that’s the core of the American Dream,” Min said. “My parents weren’t sucking off the economy — they added a lot of value, not just economically, but culturally, just as every immigrant before them.”

When Dave Min was growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, he was told on occasion that he’d make a great politician one day.

“I was a hyper rapscallion and always articulate,” Min, now a 41-year-old law professor, told NBC News. “But I never thought about politics — I wanted to be a molecular scientist until I did actual physics.”

Min went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School before working in the Senate, but it wasn’t until President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven predominately-Muslim countries that he and his wife — Jane Stoever, a fellow law professor — seriously thought about politics.

“It was so opposed to everything I feel America stands for,” Min said. “We made some phone calls to some of my old colleagues and quickly that turned into deciding to run for office.”

“It feels like we’re losing the American Dream. We’re going to be a generation that leaves behind a worse future for our children.”
Min, who teaches contracts law and banking courses at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine), is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Mimi Walters in California’s 45th Congressional District, which includes Irvine and several other Orange County cities, in 2018. Home to more than 700,000, its population is approximately 24 percent Asian American and Pacific Islander.

Orange County is traditionally Republican but went Democrat in 2016, with 49.8 percent voting for Hillary Clinton compared to 44.9 for Trump, according to the California secretary of state. Walters was reelected last year with 58.6 percent of the vote.

The potential to flip the congressional seat has also attracted Min’s UC Irvine Law School colleague, Katie Porter, and Kia Hamadanchy, an Orange County native and fellow former senate staffer, to enter the race.

“There are so many fundamentally wrong and un-American things that this administration does and condones, and Mimi Walters is endorsing them, or being quiet, and that makes me angry,” Min said.

Dave Min with his family Courtesy of Dave Min
Min has not been shy about calling out Walters on Twitter for residing outside of the district and not holding public, in-person town halls.

Min believes there are plenty of Republicans in the district who are not racist or xenophobic, and are just as bothered by the administration and Walters, he added.

“If we don’t stand up for people who are being targeted right now, we will be next,” said Min. “It’s not a partisan issue. It’s ‘Are you going to let something happen that could fundamentally change the character of this country?'”

Walters’ office disputed those criticisms.

“A top priority for Congresswoman Walters is community outreach and meeting with her constituents. Since she was first elected to Congress two-and-a-half years ago, she has held dozens of community coffees, and numerous in-person and telephone town halls,” T.W. Arrighi, Walters’ communications director told NBC News.

“In fact, on May 1, Congresswoman Walters held a telephone town hall meeting in which tens of thousands of constituents participated and provided invaluable feedback on the issues most important to the district,” he added.

Min traces his passion for fairness and social justice to being the son of Korean immigrants who arrived in New England in 1972 to pursue doctoral degrees at Brown University.

“What brought my parents here was a sense that if you play by the rules of the game, you could make something of your life and to me that’s the core of the American Dream,” Min said. “My parents weren’t sucking off the economy — they added a lot of value, not just economically, but culturally, just as every immigrant before them.”

Min said that UC Irvine — and the United States — is seeing reduced numbers of immigrants from places such as Pakistan, India, and China. “We’re not just losing people who are affected by the Muslim ban. It’s problematic because these immigrants are helping to drive the economy,” he said.

The murders of South Asian Americans, racist rhetoric, and crimes against people of color are some of the reasons talented immigrants are choosing to go elsewhere, according to Min.

His desire to make life better for Americans crystallized in his early 20s, Min said. After law school, he weighed offers from Goldman Sachs and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), he said.

It was a choice between financial security and public service, according to Min.

He ultimately chose the SEC, where he worked alongside the FBI to bust up boiler room fraud operations and learned the value of government regulators who protect “the little guy,” Min said.

He later worked in securities litigation at WilmerHale, a Washington law firm. A self-described “policy nerd,” he entered the political sphere as banking committee counsel for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

When Schumer was made chair of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee in 2007, Min became his senior policy adviser and later, deputy staff director of that committee.

Prior to shifting to academia five years ago, he was an associate director for financial markets policy at Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank, where he oversaw housing reform.

Min believes that the country has been going in the wrong direction for years.

“It feels like we’re losing the American Dream,” he said. “We’re going to be a generation that leaves behind a worse future for our children.”

He worries about climate and the environment, and wonders if there will be future wars over water, clean air, and food. “These are concerns we didn’t have to grow up with,” he said.

If elected, Min wants to address these issues, and hold the president accountable when necessary.

“Congress does a damn good job of investigating every little allegation when there’s a Democrat in the presidency,” he said. “Now they’re ignoring some really disturbing allegations of collaboration with Russia and other foreign powers and obvious financial conflicts that haven’t been disclosed.”

While he was never shy prior to Trump’s election, Min said he was more reserved then than he is now.

With a little over a year to go before the June 2018 primary election, Min said he’s already getting less sleep and misses seeing his three young children as often as before.

“They were just asking me, ‘When are you going to be done with running for Congress?’ and I said, ‘Oh, we just started,'” he said.

Stoever, Min’s wife, told them their father was running “for them and other kids like them,” he said. “Apparently my son has been telling other kids at school, ‘My daddy’s trying to help all of us.'”

-Victoria Namkung

Read the original NBC News story here.

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Min Slams Walters in Wake of Today’s CBO Scoring

May 24, 2017

Irvine, CA – Dave Min released the following statement in the wake of today’s CBO scoring:

“Today’s analysis of Trumpcare from the Congressional Budget Office confirms what we already knew – Mimi Walters and the other Republicans in the House have voted to take access to healthcare away from 23 million Americans, and significantly raise insurance premiums for tens of millions more. The premium increases will be worst for people over 50, and those with pre-existing conditions will be back to wondering if they can get covered at all. It also puts at risk coverage for basic healthcare for women of all ages.”

Dave Min is a nationally-recognized economic policy expert and a professor of law at UC Irvine. A former enforcement attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission and economic policy advisor to Senator Chuck Schumer and the Center for American Progress, Dave is running for Congress in California’s 45th Congressional District. Learn more at www.davemin.com

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Min Calls on Walters to Support an Independent Investigation of Trump’s Russia Ties

Calling allegations surrounding President Trump “serious charges that deserve serious investigation” Dave Min is calling on Congresswoman Mimi Walters to vote in favor of an independent investigation into the President’s firing of the FBI director and other alleged misbehavior.

“The constant drip of new information, and the partisan back-and-forth that goes with it, is not good for our democracy and not good for the Office of the President,” said Min. “We deserve answers, and we’ll only get them from an independent investigation.”

Leaders in the House of Representatives will introduce a bi-partisan discharge petition that would require the House to vote yes or no on an independent investigation of the Trump Administration. Congresswoman Walters has so far been silent on Trump’s ties to Russia and the sharing of sensitive intelligence with the Russian ambassador. To date Walters has refused calls for an independent investigation.

“I started my career investigating Wall Street at the Securities and Exchange Commission, I know the value of having professional, independent investigators handle issues like this,” Min said. “This is a time for action, not silence. This is about putting America first. For once, Mimi Walters should put the Country ahead of her party and do the right thing.”

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Min Calls on Walters to Support an Independent Investigation of Trump’s Russia Ties

May 17, 2017

Irvine, CA – Calling allegations surrounding President Trump “serious charges that deserve serious investigation” Dave Min is calling on Congresswoman Mimi Walters to vote in favor of an independent investigation into the President’s firing of the FBI director and other alleged misbehavior.

“The constant drip of new information, and the partisan back-and-forth that goes with it, is not good for our democracy and not good for the Office of the President,” said Min. “We deserve answers, and we’ll only get them from an independent investigation.”

Leaders in the House of Representatives will introduce a bipartisan discharge petition that would require the House to vote yes or no on an independent investigation of the Trump Administration. Congresswoman Walters has so far been silent on Trump’s ties to Russia and the sharing of sensitive intelligence with the Russian ambassador. To date Walters has refused calls for an independent investigation.

“I started my career investigating Wall Street at the Securities and Exchange Commission, I know the value of having professional, independent investigators handle issues like this,” Min said. “This is a time for action, not silence. This is about putting America first. For once, Mimi Walters should put the Country ahead of her party and do the right thing.”

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In honor of Mother’s Day

To celebrate Mother’s Day, I’d like to share a little about my wife Jane.

Jane is the most amazing person I know and is a wonderful mother to our three young children. Every day, she works to show them the value of compassion and the importance of community involvement and advocacy.

Jane and I met as students in Family Law class at Harvard, and Jane now teaches Family Law and runs the Domestic Violence Clinic here at UCI. She is also the founder and director of UC Irvine’s Initiative to End Family Violence, where she partners with faculty, students, and community organizations to find better solutions to the complex, life-threatening problem of family violence.

Jane has dedicated her career to helping abuse survivors achieve freedom from violence and to training law students to seek justice and give voice to those who are too often afraid to come forward.

To honor and support moms everywhere, I’m asking you to contribute to Human Options, a local organization that is working to break the cycle of domestic abuse, right here in Orange County.

I’m sharing Jane’s inspiring work and passion in the hopes that together, we can continue to work to find better solutions to domestic violence.

Happy Mother’s Day to my wife Jane, my own incredible mother, and mothers everywhere.

Thanks,
Dave