October 7th, 2016
Democratic Challenger Stands up for Small Business, Immigration Reform, Social Security, and Medicare, While Rep. Knight Misleads Voters on His Record with Social Security, and Immigration
Santa Clarita, Calif. – Today, Bryan Caforio, congressional candidate for California’s 25th District, was the clear winner of the second general election debate co-hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Southland Regional Association of Realtors, SCV Division.
Caforio laid out a comprehensive plan to promote pro-economic drivers to help women and small businesses succeed. Once again, Caforio stood up for working families and laid out his positive vision for the district, while Rep. Steve Knight attempted to distract voters from his statements regarding his efforts to privatize Social Security, and an anti-immigration voting record.
Rep. Knight boasted about the work he has done in Washington alongside his fellow Republicans, stating that in Congress the issues “are not just local, but the Big Boy Issues.” Those “Big Boy Issues” include failing to pass a budget, failing to provide Zika funding, and attempting to take away women’s reproductive rights.
During the debate, Knight paid lip service to supporting Social Security and Medicare in an attempt to distract from his record that would hurt seniors in our community. At a primary debate in May, Knight said, “I think that Social Security was a bad idea, I do. I absolutely think it was a bad idea.” In Congress, Knight has voted to end Medicare’s guaranteed benefits and turn seniors’ health care into a voucher system.
Caforio has made protecting Social Security and Medicare a key priority and understands how important it is to protect funding for both programs. Earlier this year, Caforio released an op-ed praising Social Security as the “single greatest program in this country’s history – responsible for lifting tens of millions of Americans out of poverty.”
Knight claimed he is “pretty well-versed” on the subject of immigration, but to him that means callously telling parents of American citizens, “Your child can stay…But you’re going to have to go,” and then turning his words into actions and voting to restart the deportation of young immigrants and their parents. Caforio, on the other hand, will fight for commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform that rewards hard work and keeps families together.
“Today Bryan Caforio outlined an economic plan to ensure that women succeed and small businesses prosper, while his opponent Rep. Steve Knight deceptively tried to hide his anti-women, anti-senior, anti-immigrant agenda, ” said Orrin Evans, Caforio’s campaign manager.
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 Santa Clarita 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 this race a toss-up . Last year Democratic registration eclipsed Republican registration, and the district is now majority-minority. National Republicans list Congressman Knight as one of their most vulnerable incumbents.