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Al Muratsuchi Likely to Benefit from Democratic Turnout in Presidential Election Year

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Torrance, CA -. The race for the 66th Assembly seat is widely considered to be the number one priority and opportunity for the state Assembly leadership to regain a Democratic seat. In 2014, The 66th Assembly District, a moderate, bipartisan District, elected David Hadley, an extreme Republican and tea party member who refuses to denounce his party’s Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump for his racist and sexist comments, largely due to the fact that many Democrats stayed home in the off-year elections. Fortunately, the voting electorate is expected to be much different in 2016, as Democrats return to the polls for the Presidential election.

It’s a likely boost for Al Muratsuchi, a former Assemblymember for the District and Democratic candidate for the seat in 2016, who is a moderate Democrat much better suited for the District.

“Al Muratsuchi has the record, infrastructure, and grassroots support needed to take back this seat,” said campaign consultant Mike Shimpock. “Republicans barely defeated him in their best year in recent memory. Turnout and expected Democratic performance in 2016 means Muratsuchi will be the next and future Assemblymember from the 66th District.” 

Voters know that Assemblyman David Hadley, at heart, is just another right-wing conservative who is both extreme and out-of-touch with the moderate, bipartisan district. His positions reflect this:

  • Repeatedly voted against funding for our schools

  • Voted in lockstep with his extremist Republican colleagues against laws to protect our beaches and air from pollution and oil spills

  • Refused to support “one person, one vote” protections for voters

  • Voted with Republicans to cut Health Insurance for children

  • Opposed health care funding for patients suffering from AIDS/HIV

Republican David Hadley was elected by a 0.5% margin in the lowest turnout election in recorded California history with the aid of nearly $1.2 million in donations from a single billionaire, and has repeatedly voted against the interests of his moderate, bipartisan district.

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