Maria Gutzeit Endorses Bryan Caforio for Congress

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Orrin@bryancaforio.com

Immediate Release:
February 11, 2016

Maria Gutzeit Endorses Bryan Caforio for Congress
Former Primary Opponent, Water Board Member and Santa Clarita Business Owner Supports Caforio and Criticizes Knight for Anti-Women Record

Valencia, Calif. – Maria Gutzeit, former Democratic candidate for Congress and longtime champion of women’s rights has endorsed Bryan Caforio for California’s 25th Congressional District. In her endorsement, Gutzeit criticized the extremely anti-woman voting record of Republican Steve Knight.

“At a time when Santa Clarita families are facing tough economic decisions, the last thing we need is a Congressman on the wrong side of just about every issue important to women and families,” said Gutzeit. “Women make up more than half our population, and their success is based directly on two things: education and access to family planning. As an engineer, mother, and business owner, I deeply resent the implication that politicians can make better choices about our families than we ourselves can. I am endorsing Bryan Caforio because I know he will stand up for the needs and rights of women and families in our community, including a woman’s right to choose.”

Knight’s record against women includes:

  • Opposing abortion, even when the life of the mother is at risk, or in cases of rape and incest;
  • Co-sponsoring legislation that could ban common forms of birth control like the Pill;
  • Co-sponsoring a bill in Congress that could allow employers to fire single women for being pregnant;
  • Refusing to ask Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act in the state legislature and blocking consideration of the bill once in Congress;
  • Voting against requiring health insurance policies to cover maternity care and against requiring employers to maintain mothers’ healthcare while on maternity leave;

“Maria Gutzeit has been a champion for women and working families and I’m proud to have her support,” said Caforio. “In Congress, I will support a family economic agenda that includes fighting for equal pay for equal work and affordable childcare. And I will always stand up for women’s access to healthcare and a woman’s right to choose.”

Caforio was born and raised in Southern California by two public school teachers, attended UCLA and Yale Law School, worked for a United States federal judge, and practices as an attorney taking on some of the world’s biggest banks. Bryan lives in Valencia with his wife Lisa, who serves as a Deputy City Attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

The 25th District covers northern Los Angeles County and part of Ventura County including the Antelope Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valley. President Obama won the district in 2008, and experts consider it a toss-up in a Presidential year. Last year Democratic registration eclipsed Republican registration for the first time, and more than half the voting age population is non-white. National Republicans list Congressman Knight as one of their most vulnerable incumbents.

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