When running against Congressman Jeff Denham in 2016, he told the Los Angeles Times, “People know I will stand up to my own party.”
Well, Congressman Denham, we don’t.
Since President Trump was sworn into office a year ago, Denham has been a rubber stamp for Trump’s dangerous agenda. The Trump administration’s careless approach to seemingly all key issues – from healthcare to taxes to foreign affairs – garners an overwhelming response daily from lawmakers, activists and everyday folks right in the Valley. Denham, however, clearly is unwilling to step out of line.
When it comes to healthcare, Denham voted to take it away from thousands of Californians.
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On taxes, Denham voted for a tax plan that gives corporations, the 1 percent and his biggest donors massive tax breaks while leaving Central Valley families behind.
On the issue of Dreamers, a topic Denham says could bring Congress together, he has turned his back on the thousands living right here in our own community. He has refused to call on Speaker Paul Ryan to send a clean bill to the House floor nor has he condemned the White House Chief of Staff for referring to those eligible to be Dreamers but yet to sign up for the program as “too lazy to get off their asses.”
Bottom line: It’s simply too dangerous and regressive to allow Trump-era enablers like Denham to control our country’s future.
That’s why my family and I have chosen to challenge Rep. Denham once again.
Time after time, Denham has been given chances to stand up for the values of the district. And each time he has failed.
He promised solutions year after year, but here in the Central Valley we are in worse shape now than when he got elected in 2010. We’ve yet to solve our healthcare cost issue – spending 25 percent of our GDP on healthcare is not sustainable.
Then there’s higher education: 7 percent interest on student loans, compared to 0 percent on car loans, is just wrong. The financial obstacles our children face pursuing a degree are extreme. It’s another example of Denham’s decision to stand behind the wealthiest and not with those he is supposed to represent.
Don’t forget, Denham promised solutions for our Valley’s water crisis, and yet we still don’t have the water we need for our crops.
We deserve a congressman who represents our district’s values. That is the type of congressman I will be.
I’m still a farmer in Turlock, farming in the same community I grew up in, managing thousands of beehives that pollinate crops and produce honey for families across the state. Every day, I see how hard folks are working yet still can’t get ahead.
That’s why I am running. To make sure hardworking families in the Central Valley and across our state can make ends meet. Our neighbors need someone they can rely on to fight for them, not someone who only fights for big corporations and wealthy donors.
Our race against Rep. Denham in 2016 was decided by just 3 points. Now, with Donald Trump in the White House, we cannot afford to have Jeff Denham by his side. We must finish what we started. This is our moment – our moment to demand more for the Central Valley.
Michael Eggman was a candidate for Congress in 2014 and 2016 and served as president of the Red to Blue California organization.