Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon is bringing his left-wing U.S. Senate insurgency to Orange County with a December 20 fundraiser. The uber-progressive De Leon is termed-out of the state Senate and is challenging long-time incumbent U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, who is merely liberal.
The fundraiser is Wednesday, December 20 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the law firm of AlvaradoSmith, 1 MacArthur Place, Suite 200, Santa Ana.
Host committee members include:
- Ruben Smith
- Frank Barbaro
- Santa Ana Councilman Sal Tinajero
- Santa Ana Councilman Jose Solorio
- SAUSD Trustee Valerie Amezcua
- Centralia School District Trustee Connor Traut
- Former Anaheim Councilmember Jordan Brandman
- Former Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang
The Los Angeles Democrat was was a teachers union activist and community organizer prior to his election to the state Assembly in 2006. He was elected to the state Senate in 2010 and became the Senate leader in 2014 – a post he will resign from next month to make way for Sen. Toni Atkins. His legislative career has been marked by promoting standard progressive legislation extending the size of scope of the administrative state and making it more difficult to run a business, create jobs, produce goods, own a gun or generally live one’s life free of government interference (unless one is living in the United States illegally).
De Leon has been a radical critic of enforcing immigration laws. He has characterized Trump Administration enforcement of immigration laws as being “based on principles of white supremacy” and authored SB 54 to make California a “Sanctuary State” by barring state and local agencies from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
De Leon also championed the massive SB 1 gas tax increase, a regressive levy that falls most heavily on the poor and working Californians De Leon claims to also champion.