Political Director’s Report December
Two years ago, Trump sent democrats home with their last two paychecks, their pink slips and a historic defeat. Today, we’re in position to send him packing in 2020. But we must move forward with caution to not get bit.
Let me explain. 2018 is over and democrats welcome 2019 with a super majority in the House of Representatives, super majorities in both chambers of our state legislature, Governor-elect Gavin Newson, a defeat of the transportation funding repeal, and many other victories. We won BIG!
Rep. Nancy Pelosi will be the new Speaker of the House and will appoint some of Trump’s most capable detractors to powerful committee chairmanships. A few of those appointees are from California. Rep. Maxine Waters will chair the House Financial services committee and Rep. Adam Schiff will chair the Intelligence committee. This matters because democrats will have the authority to challenge Trump not just on Twitter, but on the floor of Congress. My hope is that we focus on facts, on what the American people want, and not on rhetoric. I don’t want showmanship, I want real championship.
In California, our super majorities must be used to help working families. Democrats must be aggressive, we must be bold, and we must be cautiously focused on what matters. We will work with our State Building Trades to protect your work, to tackle the affordable housing crises, and expand opportunities for all. I mention that we must be cautious because it is easy to get lost in the excitement of the “blue wave.” Let’s expect that our elected leaders will not let this election victory bring hollow gains.
I want to wish everyone restful and joyous celebrations – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year.
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