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CD-48: Michelle Steel Declares Victory Over Harley Rouda

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on November 10, 2020

Defeated Congressman Harley Rouda (D-Laguna Beach)

Defeated Congressman Harley Rouda (D-Laguna Beach)

Congresswoman-Elect Michelle Steel (R-Surfside)

Congresswoman-Elect Michelle Steel (R-Surfside)

After Congressman Harley Rouda released his concession statement this morning, Congresswoman-Elect Michelle Steel declared victory, becoming the first California Republican to defeat an incumbent Congressional Democrat in over a quarter of a century:

Steel Declares Victory in CA-48
First Korean-American Woman Elected to Congress
A Republican has not defeated an incumbent Democrat Member of Congress in California since 1994

Huntington Beach, CA – Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, declared victory today in the race for California’s 48th Congressional District:

“To the voters of Orange County, thank you for entrusting me to be your representative in Congress. In this election, you weren’t simply voting for a person, but also for the idea that the American Dream is alive and well in Orange County. This vote showed that minorities who may look or speak differently than most not only have a place in this Republican Party but can be elected to the United States Congress.

“After watching my mother fight an unfair tax bill, I realized that an overbearing government bureaucracy is an impediment to the success of small business owners, first generations, and all taxpayers who simply want a shot at the American Dream.

“Taxpayers need an advocate, someone who works on their behalf, and my promise to Orange County families, my number one priority is to fight for lower taxes, help our small businesses and their workers, and defeat the Coronavirus.

“Our government is once again divided, but I stand ready to work with both parties to do what’s best for the American people including getting our economy moving again.

“I thank my husband Shawn, our daughters Cheyenne and Siobhan, for their unwavering support.

“To the hundreds of volunteers, supporters, and my devoted campaign team who spent countless hours on this effort, I know there is no way this could have happened without your hard work.

“I want to acknowledge Congressman Rouda for running a spirited campaign, and I thank him for his service.

“Thank you to all of Orange County for putting your faith in me, I will not let you down.”

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CD-48: Harley Rouda Concedes to Michelle Steel

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on November 10, 2020

Defeated Congressman Harley Rouda (D-Laguna Beach)

Defeated Congressman Harley Rouda (D-Laguna Beach)


Congresswoman-Elect Michelle Steel (R-Surfside)

Congresswoman-Elect Michelle Steel (R-Surfside)

Congressman Harley Rouda’s campaign released his statement this morning, conceding to Congresswoman-Elect Michelle Steel, though never saying her name:

CONGRESSMAN HARLEY ROUDA’S STATEMENT ON ELECTION RESULTS

Nov 10, 2020

LAGUNA BEACH, CA — Congressman Harley Rouda released the following statement reacting to the November 3rd election results.

“When I ran for Congress in 2018, it was the first time I’d ever run for political office.  But after creating thousands of jobs in a lifetime in business, I couldn’t stand by any longer as our political system tore itself apart. Thanks to the incredible energy brought by our thousands of grassroots volunteers, I was proud to be the first Democrat ever to represent California’s 48th Congressional District. Serving the people here has been the honor of my life, but the truth is, it’s never been about political parties for me.

There’s a reason I was the most productive new Member of Congress:

  • Returning over $2 million to Orange County seniors, veterans, and working families
  • Securing over $1 billion to support our small businesses during the pandemic
  • Passing a law to stop taxpayer dollars from going to China, and a bill to cut taxes on Orange County residents by five billion dollars
  • Working to create a bipartisan deficit commission to finally tackle our nation’s out of control spending
  • Stopping off-shore drilling and working to remove radioactive waste from San Onofre
  • Passing more bills in two years than my predecessor did in thirty

It’s because we worked with Republicans instead of demonizing them and refused to give in to partisan politics.

I thought that was the right thing to do.  I still feel that way. I will always feel that way. Country comes first.

We did not win this election.  And while it isn’t the outcome we had hoped for, it’s never been more important for our leaders to hear the voice of the people, and to accept their judgment.  I do.

But I also believe there’s something bigger at stake here than this one election.

There is a toxicity to American politics threatening the very democracy that sets us apart from the rest of the world.  That has to change.

Politics that tears America apart and turns us against each other is unsustainable. We saw it firsthand in this election.  My opponent made allegations about me that were complete fabrications–some totally made up, others wild distortions, and still others torn from the darkest corners of the Internet.  Either we change the way we do politics, or it will forever change us and this country we call home.

We are not Republicans. We are not Democrats. We are not enemies. We are Americans. All of us. Even when we disagree.  And we ought to have a political system that is built on facts, rewards honesty, and strengthens the bonds that tie us to each other, rather than ripping them to shreds.

While one campaign ends today, another is just beginning. I look forward to having voters compare my opponent’s two years in Congress with my accomplishments on November 8, 2022.

There is surely more work to do.  Let’s do it together.”

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