I’m in Washington, D.C. for a business conference this week and when traveling back East, I try to give myself a day to reset my body clock so I can function. Tuesday is that day, so I hopped into a cab and went to Capitol Hill and spent some quality time with Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49), Rep. Lou Correa (CA-46), Rep. Katie Porter (CA-45) and Rep. Harley Rouda (CA-49). And a big thank you to their DC teams for setting up times for me.
There’s a lot of activity in each office and these people barely have time for coffee. While each of our newly elected Congressional reps are jumping in with both feet to make an impact (and they are), they are also acutely aware they face a new election in just 18 months and each one has at least one opponent. As proud of our blue congressional delegation that OC Democrats are, we have to remember we need to work that much harder to keep them there. Now is not the time to be relaxed. We need to keep these seats.
Each member I met with sacrifices time with their families — in Levin’s and Porter’s case very young children — and the cross country flights can’t be easy to them at all.
When I write my checks to candidates, I’m going to let the presidential candidates shake themselves out until we are down to a few, and, instead, Ill be writing checks to keep our Congressional delegation blue. They deserve to keep working for us in Washington.
When I got to Rep. Correa’s office for my appointment, he was running a committee hearing. Correa chairs the powerful House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security which Plays a significant role in DHS which President Trump significantly disrupted this week. Correa was in complete command of this hearing and those DHS members testifying before him visibly squirmed in their seats as he leveraged the power of the majority. I don’t live in CA-46, but those in Orange County who care about the plight of refugees at the border and the families that remain separated would be proud of Congressman Correa.
Correa’s hearing was in the Cannon Office Building, and its where I met him. This building also happens to be where freshman New York Congressional Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has her office. So I swung by hoping to see her. What I saw was a shrine and 20 fanboys/girls outside the office leaving post-it notes and taking photos. She’s truly an inspiration. Enjoy the photos of the notes people have left outside her wall. (ack…the photos aren’t rotating properly; I’ll fix that later)