For Immediate Release Contact: Cindy Petersen
August 7, 2014 951-471-2520
Tim Sheridan, the Democratic Party’s candidate in California’s 42nd District, responded to reports yesterday that 20-year incumbent Congressman Ken Calvert ordered robocalls seeking input on immigration reform at taxpayer’s expense.
“While I applaud Mr. Calvert’s initiative to seek input from those of us in California’s 42nd District,” Sheridan said, “the fact that he used his government position to do it some ninety days before an election is a cynical pretense that he is doing something about the immigration issue. He did nothing after the Senate passed its comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform bill in June of 2013 by a vote of 68-32. Taking a survey paid for by taxpayers now is no substitute for something that he should have done last summer.”
Kerry Meuchel, the Vice Chair of Mr. Sheridan’s campaign said that Mr. Calvert has demonstrated a lack of leadership on immigration reform since he has been in Congress. “Mr. Calvert should be a leader on the issue since he has represented a district very close to the border for more than 20 years, but he would rather blame others for his own inaction,” Meuchel said.
Instead of working with the Senate on their bill, the House of Representatives passed two bills last week that Senate leaders said would not be brought up for a vote. “It is another example of House Republicans wasting time and resources pushing through bills that will never become law,” Meuchel added. “It is time to fix our broken Congress by voting out long-term incumbents like Mr. Calvert and voting in new representatives, like Mr. Sheridan, who will take a fresh perspective and a willingness to negotiate to Washington.”
Sheridan, who has agreed to participate in a debate with Mr. Calvert that is sponsored by the Lake Elsinore Citizen’s Committee, is running in his first political race.
For .pdf file, click here: Press release Aug 7 Sheridan criticizes Calvert’s immigration robocall