The Santa Monica Daily Press has just released their endorsement for Congressman Henry Waxman.
Waxman has a long history of supporting liberal causes and holding those in power accountable.
Independents in the region are skeptical of any man who has been in power for so long.
As far as holding “those in power” accountable, how come he voted “No!” to the “No More Solyndras” Act? He said that he was “sorry that Solyndra happened”.
He’s an old-school progressive whose views mirror those of most Santa Monicans.
Unfortunately, Waxman has gone corporate, taking huge campaign donations .
That said, it has felt at times as if he has taken us for granted.
After 38 years in office, a legislator grows complacent. His current campaign office is in Bethesda, Maryland.
No movement on building housing for homeless veterans.
Waxman served for two years on the House Oversight and Government Reform committee. During his tenure, he went after lead in toys and steroid abuse in baseball, but ignored the abuse and neglect of the Brentwood VA.
Letters sent but nothing accomplished in regards to limiting flights at Santa Monica Airport or saving the Downtown post office.
Writing a letter, no matter how persuasive one’s prose, does not help homeless veterans. A movie producer bought the Venice Post office. Someone else can do the same for the Fifth Street Post Office.
But then again, there’s no guarantee that any of that would have been accomplished if his challenger, millionaire Bill Bloomfield, were in office.
While Waxman has established a record of doing very little, Bloomfield has a documented record of community involvement before he threw his hat in the ring. Bloomfield has taken no PAC or special interest money, sending a strong singal to voters that he represents them.
We liked Bloomfield and believe his efforts to rid Washington of obstructionist forces are needed, but his disinterest in local issues concerned us, as well as his lack of a voting record.
Bloomfield’s interest in a Congress that works is an interest that touches on everyone. A lack of a voting record does not impede evaluating the well-meaning and the presence of a Congressional candidate for office.
We believe Waxman should be given another term, while Bloomfield should be supported in his efforts to reform politics from the outside.
Bloomfield can do more from inside Congress, and that’s where he belongs. Bloomfield for the 33rd!