ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Hon. Fred M. Whitaker, Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County, released the following statement:
“At last night’s meeting of the Orange County Central Committee the Republican Party of Orange County endorsed former Assemblywoman Young Kim for the 39th Congressional District and Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel for the 48th Congressional District.
Paired with last month’s endorsements of our incumbent Republican legislators for re-election, this puts us right on the mark for our Victory 2020 plan – uniting behind one candidate for a full court press to take back Orange County in November of 2020.
A former State Assemblywoman, Young Kim is a proven fighter and experienced legislator. In 2018, while facing the most expensive congressional race in the country and competing in the most diverse district in the county, Young ran an incredibly strong campaign and came very close to holding the seat of former Congressman Ed Royce. Young is no stranger to defeating out-of-touch incumbents. In 2014 Young flipped the 65th Assembly district in one of the most competitive races in the state. I have full confidence that Young’s candidacy will offer voters of the 39th district a common sense conservative alternative to liberal Gil Cisneros who to this day has not held a public town hall in Orange County.
Since 2007 Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel has served the people of the 48th Congressional District on the Board of Equalization and Board of Supervisors.Michelle Steel is a talented and respected elected official who has successfully protected taxpayers and provided real solutions to our county’s toughest challenges. Michelle’s record compared to Harley Rouda’s is no contest. The 48th is Orange County’s most Republican congressional seat. Harley talks ‘middle of the road’ solutions when speaking to constituents in the district but votes in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and supports her extreme, liberal agenda.
Gil Cisneros and Harley Rouda campaigned as moderates but in Congress they have voted lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They have proven to be loyal soldiers for the far-left agenda of the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-all and impeachment.
Young Kim and Michelle Steel will provide independent leadership that continues to grow the economy, provides strong national defense and solves our nation’s most difficult issues. They will never stop fighting for their constituents.