Sep 20 2012
Orange County Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher added his opinion to the fray over protests in the Muslim world by tweeting, that it would be “outrageous if our gov[ernment] kisses rad[ical] Islam['s] feet by intimidating any one using free speech 2 criticize Islam.” Rohrabacher has mirrored Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s line on the issue.
Rohrabacher has served as an OC Congressman for nearly thirty years, after initially promising to serve no more than a few terms. He represents Congressional District 48, which after redistricting, now includes Seal Beach, Midway City, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, and Laguna Niguel plus parts of Westminster, Santa Ana, Irvine, Laguna Woods, and Laguna Hills.
Democrats have rarely bothered facing off Rohrabacher, who is up for reelection this November. Now, a progressive Democrat, Ron Varasteh, has taken up the challenge, hoping to oust the conservative incumbent. Rohrabacher was easily the top vote getter in this past June’s primary election, garnering 65.8% of the vote. However, Varasteh won 29.3%, making him eligible to run off against Rohrabacher in November.
Ron Varasteh describes himself as a “scientist and an engineer by education, a small business owner, …a 30+ year resident of Orange County, and an activist.” He was also instrumental in organizing Occupy Orange County in Irvine last year. He has made a set of 52 promises if elected, which include supporting a “fair and effective jobs bill,” pulling out of “unfair free trade agreements,” reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act, labeling genetically modified food, and legalizing and taxing marijuana.
GUEST: Ron Varasteh, Democrat running for California’s 48th Congressional District
Visit Ron’s website at www.ron4u.com.