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Dr. Hans Keirstead Wins California Democratic Party Endorsement

SAN DIEGO – This past weekend, over 3,000 California Democratic Party delegates met for the annual state party convention in San Diego where they voted to endorse Dr. Hans Keirstead in the 48th Congressional District.

This comes after Hans first received over 60% at the Pre-Endorsement Conference in January and again received over 60% at Saturday’s Endorsing Caucus by local Democrats in the 48th District.

Dr. Hans Keirstead released the following statement after the endorsement was ratified at the general session.

“As a proud Democrat, I am thrilled and humbled to receive the endorsement from the California Democratic Party. It is an honor to have the support of thousands of dedicated activists on the front lines of our movement to flip this seat, and the House,” said Dr. Hans Keirstead.

“I am energized and ready for the fight ahead because the issues at stake are too important to let politics get in the way. Thank you to our supporters, activists, delegates, and community leaders for staying united and standing up for Democratic values,” said Dr. Hans Keirstead.

Hans is the only candidate in the race with endorsements from sitting members of Congress and his campaign is anchored by activist and party leader support including:
• Congressman Jerry McNerney, CA-9
• Congressman Bill Foster, IL-11
• California State Senator Bill Dodd, District 3
• Mayor Pro Tem Ross Chun, City of Aliso Viejo
• Councilwoman Melissa Fox, City of Irvine
• Mayor Shirley Dettloff, City of Huntington Beach (ret.)
• Lorraine Prinsky P.hD., Trustee, Coast Community College District
• Jamison Power, Trustee, Westminster School Board
• Mary Carter, Laguna Beach Democratic Club

Hans Keirstead announced his run for Congress on June 15th and with just two weeks remaining in the fundraising quarter he outraised the entire primary field.
Hans’ campaign for Congress has been featured in national and local news outlets including CNN, The New York Times, Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.
Click the image below to view CNN’s segment on Hans’ candidacy.

In a recent article by the New York Observer, Fox News Political Analyst, Ethan Bearman stated, “Orange County should get used to the phrase, ‘Congressman Keirstead.'”
Rohrabacher Challenger Keirstead Outraises Rouda in Third Quarter Democratic House candidate Hans Keirstead outraised his Democratic opponents and slightly trailed Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who he is hoping to unseat. Read the Roll Call article here.

Cook Political Report, the industry standard for political odds-making recently upgraded CA-48 to a “toss -up” specifically citing Hans’ candidacy.
Hans has also received endorsements from the following organizations and individuals:
• National Union of Healthcare Workers
• Teamsters Joint Council #42
• 314 Action
• New Dem Candidate To Watch List
• Wylie Aitken, Attorney, Philanthropist, Democratic Fundraiser
• Bob Klein, Patient Advocate, Chief Author of Prop 71, Attorney
• Florice Hoffman, California Democratic Party Region 17 Director
• Jess Araujo, Latino Community Activist, Attorney
• Roman Reed, Philanthropist, Stem Cell Activist, President Roman Reed Foundation
• Dr. Michael Gottfredson, Provost & Executive Vice-Chancellor University of California, Irvine
• Dr. Wise Young, W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Founding Director
• Anthony Davies, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Dark Horse Consulting
Dr. Hans Keirstead: A husband, father, scientist and Orange County business leader, Dr. Hans Keirstead is one of the world’s leading innovators in stem cell research and medical treatments. Hans has led therapy breakthroughs for late-stage cancers, multiple sclerosis, ALS, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, and retinal diseases. Hans has launched multiple successful medical research companies in Orange County and is currently CEO at AIVITA Biomedical, where he is focusing on developing a cancer treatment that is proving to be the most effective treatment for cancer that has ever reached the final phases of clinical trials.

CA-48: Cook Political Report recently upgraded CA-48 from “Lean Republican” to “Toss Up” citing Dr. Hans Keirstead’s candidacy and Dana Rohrabacher’s vulnerability.


    • 4th District Resident 4th District Resident February 27, 2018

      Nice link. Good to see OCDEM channeling Trump and the NRA. That seems about right.

    • Riley Benson Riley Benson February 28, 2018

      This appears to be a blatant lie on Tarvin’s part. Lime Brian Williams level lie.

      It will be interesting to see if she walks it back. More concerning than her self serving lie, is the economic impact a walkout would have on the OVUSD. 1,000 kids walking could mean as much as $86,608. depending on the funding formula to calculate ADA.

      Taking nearly a hundred grand out of the budget based on her lie, makes me think she doesn’t really give sh!t about kids as much as her own importance.

  1. Henry Paul Lipton Henry Paul Lipton February 27, 2018

    If GCT, actually said that, at it appears she did, this a Mellissa Fox level of lying and deception. What remains to be seen is what County Party leaders do with this trend of liars and manipulators.

    The fact that only 17 out 70 recipients responded to my EMAIL detailing sex abuse claims regarding a Central Comitee Member, says a lot about inclusiveness of the DPOC and the lack of concern for womens rights.

  2. The Other Chuck Johnson The Other Chuck Johnson February 27, 2018

    Um, It’s all an “Alt-right” smear campaign…. right Victor Valladares? Valladares is a fucking lying piece of shit.

    • OCDEM OCDEM February 27, 2018

      Here is my response to that:

      So what? Don’t charges of this degree demand the questioning of Valladares?

      Should Woodward and Bernstein’s been invalidated because they were Democrats?

      At the VERY LEAST, Fran (or some kind of LEADER) needs to stop this Tsunami. Bye, Bye CD45, Bye, Bye 39 and near certain is Dana’s reelection, if Valladares/Tarvin ally Rhouda doesn’t wise up.

      Why is it so hard to understand, it’s not good politics to have an accussed rapist hanging around. NO MATTER WHAT COLOR HIS SKIN.

  3. Mata Hari Mata Hari February 28, 2018

    A tip for Dan C. readers. I hear Harley is getting ready to bail from the race. Got talked out of conceding in SD but the news is imminent.

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | February 28, 2018

      I don’t think so. He’s in until the primary

    • OC Dem OC Dem March 1, 2018

      Harley pulled papers and paid fees earlier today.

  4. OCDEM OCDEM March 2, 2018

    So as I understand it, the narrative being put forth by Victor, is the sex act was ABSOLUTELY consensual, that the victim was a willing participant (albeit unconscious) in the sex act.

    Greg Diamond, has inserted HIMSELF into the middle of this issue, despite not hearing first hand or completely being aware of the actual allegations ( SEVERAL of his points in his blog post were FLAT OUT WRONG). Further, his penchant with being “Loose With The Truth” was on full display as his accusations against his bitter enemy Lenore Albert.

    Clearly “Crazy Greg’s” threat to get his hands on a non-existent court document, resulted in admonishment, causing the kitchen table lawyer to freak out and backtrack.

    BOTTOM LINE: Valladares custody battle is nobody’s business but that of the family. His reputation and arrest history, his behavior and demeanor is open game to Democrats, progressive AND moderate.

    Victor gets no pass because Jose Moreno says so. Victor should be judged on FACTS. With Due Process. HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO RESEARCH THESE CLAIMS. If Victor is innocent as Greg Diamond claims (Remember Julio Perez), he will be exonerated.

    The OJB track record on sex abuse is abysmal. to take Greg’s advice, is akin to letting Julio Perez sleep in your teen daughter (or son’s) bedroom with them.

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | March 2, 2018

      What I understand is Victor needs to explain his track Record paying timely child support. And he gets one extra weekend with his boys per year. Not the huge win he dragged about

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