Says historic election is too important to “stay on the sidelines” and calls out Trump for his “mean-spirited, demagogic candidacy.”
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Torrance, CA – This week, the Torrance Daily Breeze published an Op-ed written by Al Muratsuchi, candidate for Assembly in the 66th District entitled, “Take a stand for the South Bay: Dump Trump,” (http://www.dailybreeze.com/opinion/20160822/take-a-stand-for-the-south-bay-dump-trump-al-muratsuchi).
In it, he wrote that this election is too important to sit on the sidelines “with your finger in the wind.” He expressed concern about the “potential reality of Trump as our commander-in-chief with control over our military and nuclear weapons,” and about his “mean-spirited, demagogic candidacy.” He also enthusiastically endorsed Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, calling her, “the most experienced and best qualified candidate to lead our nation.”
Below is the Op-ed:
“With a historic presidential election rapidly approaching, it is time to take a real stand for the South Bay and our country.
Our next president of the United States is going to be either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, with all due respect to third-party candidates. The choice between Clinton and Trump could not be more clear. The stakes could not be higher — for our children, our families, and our nation.
This is no time to stay on the sidelines of this historic election with your finger in the wind. We cannot afford to sit this one out or cast a protest vote. This election is too important.
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Rancho Palos Verdes, CA – Today, at a rally near Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, which falls in the 66th Assembly District, Al Muratsuchi, Candidate for Assembly in the 66th District, Congressman Ted Lieu, Eric Bauman, the Los Angeles County Democratic chairman, teachers and activists, all called on Assemblyman David Hadley to take a stand against Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. Hadley recently chose to repeat his pattern of indecision and lack of leadership by announcing that he won’t vote in the Presidential election. The speakers also pointed out the shared values between Donald Trump and David Hadley, as outlined on hadleytrump.com.
The event was broadcast on Facebook live, which can still be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/almuratsuchi/videos/1078194358916781/
Website shows shared values of both Trump and Hadley, including poor records on the environment and reproductive rights
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In a pattern that has become his signature move in Sacramento, Republican Assemblyman David Hadley has once again shown how afraid he is to take real stand.. In this case, his indecision in the Presidential race is really just a mask hiding the truth: that he actually politically agrees with much of what Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump stands for. As the website www.Hadleytrump.com shows, their shared values includes positions that are clearly too extreme for the South Bay, including Hadley’s 17 percent rating from Planned Parenthood, his opposition to clear air regulations and support of fracking.
Assemblymember David Hadley’s decision to not vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in this historic election is not just any regular, average non-decision that he tends to make in his life as a representative of the South Bay. No, this one is much, much bigger.
Because this time, his non-decision could help put Donald Trump into the Oval Office.
Yes, that Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump. Yes, the one who just called President Obama and Hillary Clinton “the founders of ISIS” and implied in a speech that gun owners should shoot Secretary Hillary Clinton or the judges that she nominates as President. Yes, the same Donald Trump who, since he announced his candidacy, has called for punishment for women who seek abortions, called Mexicans “rapists,” made fun of a disabled reporter and said he wants to ban Muslims from the country.
Buckles under pressure and then decides to not take a stand at all
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Assemblymember David Hadley has decided again to duck and run when it comes to decisions that matter to the people of the South Bay. In a pattern that has become his signature move in Sacramento, Hadley sidesteps an issue by taking no stand at all and then pretends like he has actually taken a stand. In this case, he announced, in an Op-ed, that he would make a non-decision in the Presidential race by voting for neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, his Republican party’s nominee.
“ExxonMobil’s repeated violation of air pollution standards is unacceptable. Children and working families in Torrance and the South Bay are being repeatedly exposed to emissions exceeding AQMD standards. Clearly the fines appear to have been inadequate as a deterrent. AQMD needs to crack down more effectively on air pollution violations and do a better job of monitoring and sharing information on the air that we are breathing.”
The Korean American Democratic Committee (KADC) is a countywide Democratic organization chartered by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. It was founded in 1992 to engage and mobilize the Korean American community to participate in the local, state and federal electoral process.
Muratsuchi represented the 66th Assembly District from 2012 to 2014, and is widely considered the number one priority and opportunity for state Assembly leadership to regain Democratic seats.
Muratsuchi has lived in the South Bay for the past twenty years with his wife and daughter. He is a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, a former Torrance School Board member, and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and UCLA School of Law.
Complaint details violations of “Independent Expenditure” laws by David Hadley for Assembly 2016, the Independent Expenditure Spirit of Democracy PAC, and its funder Charles T. Munger, Jr. by using the same campaign consultant
In a story titled, “Assemblyman accused of illegal coordinating with independent expenditure committee,” the Los Angeles Times today reported that Al Muratsuchi has filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) accusing Assemblymember David Hadley of illegal coordination with the Independent Expenditure (IE) Spirit of Democracy (SDC) its funder, Charles T. Munger, Jr.
Al Muratsuchi won primary over Assemblymember David Hadley by 3 percentage points
TORRANCE, CA – Democratic votes led Republicans by 10% as Al Muratsuchi handily won Tuesday's primary against incumbent Assemblymember David Hadley in the race for the 66th Assembly district, a race that is widely considered to be the number one priority and opportunity for the state Democratic Assembly leadership to regain a seat. This margin is expected to increase in November amid higher Democratic turnout due to Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, being at the top of the ticket.
Al Muratsuchi won the night with 48.4 percent of the vote compared to David Hadley’s 45.4 percent, with Muratsuchi receiving 38,305 votes to Hadley’s 35,996. Muratsuchi led the incumbent by 3 percentage points, while a second Democrat garnered 6%.