This fall, California's GOP candidates are harvesting differently than before. An unprecedented diversity has manifested itself in a pool of contenders that spans many women and all racial backgrounds.
C. Antonio Delgado is just one of the new faces and viewpoints that hope to shake up the establishment's established politicians system and further drain the swamp in Washington, DC. As a Republican candidate for the U.S. house from California 40th District, he courageously hopes to depose one of the nation's most ridiculous long-standing dynasties.
MP Lucille Roybal-Allard. (Photo: Twitter)
That's because he's competing against Lucille Roybal-Allard, who was the 40's representativeth District since 2013 and its region's previous incarnations as 33approx and 34th Before that, 20 years ago, since her first election in 1993. Taking into account the fact that when she first voted, she took over the seat of her father Edward Roybal, who had his seat 30 years earlier, it becomes clear that the district is a modern equivalent a personal fief – one that Delgado says has long outlived its usefulness.
“My opponent was part of 60 years of single family rule. I don't think our founding fathers intended our democracy to be kept in such a family, ”says Delgado. "To give you an example of waste, my opponent spent $ 420,000 to win elementary school. I spent $ 15,000. Talk about what an average businessman can do to get more resources out of a dollar! "
Indeed, Delgado was faced with a highly improbable set of circumstances in the general election. He learned that there were no Republican candidates in the district on December 3, the very last day candidates could apply for the area code. He jumped upside down and hit four other candidates on March 3 to secure second place and a spot on the ballot in the general election.
"A lot of the problems in this state are not about resources, but about lacking ingenuity. Democratic leaders simply don't know how to do something sustainable with what they have," says Delgado. "And if they are, they are so long in the public sector that they forgot. As a result, there are laws in California like AB5 that have no impact on reality.
"You never had to create something that was sustainable," he said. "So the Republican Party freed the slaves, the Republican Party passed immigration reform with Reagan, and they'll be the only party that will successfully pass immigration reform in the near future."
Overcoming these types of challenges and his innate passion for tackling and solving problems directly were a critical part of Delgado's professional success. As a small child, he emigrated from El Salvador with his family and was not only the first in his family to graduate from high school, but also graduated from law school and became an incredibly successful immigration lawyer with seven offices – five in Southern California and further locations in Las Vegas and Houston.
This combination of experiences makes him a perfect candidate for our time – a self-made man who shows that the American dream is alive and good and ready for inclusion. He is also a man whose vast experience in courtrooms helps countless families achieve their own American citizenship dreams and gives him a thorough understanding of the needs of the 40'sth District voters and shows that he can be a unifying force for wise progress in the often controversial struggles for immigration reform.
“I started my law firm with $ 500. There were times when I had problems and had difficulty paying my phone bill. Just when they were about to cut off my phone, I got an infusion of money to prepare for the next month, ”Delgado recalls. "I would meet clients at Starbucks or at home, and it's this kind of hustle and bustle that the elected officials are currently lacking because they don't know how to create a sustainable system." If you are a small business owner and want to be successful, you have to be sustainable. You have to create something that is successful, or you give up your business, it's that simple. "
C. Antonio Delgado and family. (Photo: cantoniodelgado.com/)
"I am in the judicial system every day and the way we make decisions about who is eligible for some kind of immigration aid simply doesn't match the way reality works," he said. "Politicians who are not on site cannot see the difficulties and the solutions that they need. The immigration system is an incentive to adapt people to the mentality of the victim, and those who do not see themselves will be in it Put in mindset to be successful. We have to create a system that rewards people who create and care for the United States and contribute to the United States so that it benefits everyone as a whole. "
Another arena in which Delgado wants to lead dramatic changes is the education system. As student performance continues to decline and dropout rates remain hopelessly high, it becomes clear that decades of democratic leadership and their friends in liberal teacher unions have long ceased to serve parents and millions of students who strive for a better life.
"I believe that, as I have noticed, parents want to talk to people on the street, want to take control of their lives again," said Delgado. "They want the choice of parents in raising their children and want control over what their children are taught. They believe that the current education system is there to indoctrinate their children into political ideologies. Since there is no competition, they have we have an education system that is incredibly wasteful and that teachers stop after just a few years and with little job satisfaction.
"If there were an education contest where parents get a voucher for a school of their choice and the money that is not spent on the school of their choice is transferred to their college funds, it would not only benefit schools because it would make them competitive to be successful. I am 100 percent behind the choice of parents, that's what I call it, because that is essentially the choice of school. "
With the coronavirus pandemic that is forcing the state to take a long, lengthy block, many Californians have grown tired of overwhelming their lives. Delgado believes that the draconian measures to combat the virus do serious harm to ordinary people at many other levels.
“Officials pass these restrictions on businesses where restaurants need to reduce the number of tables in their restaurants. It is so difficult to stay afloat, and that will affect their profit margins, force them to close, and affect the survivability of their employees, ”Delgado says. "As a small business owner, we are so close to our employees that they are like a family. Their livelihood depends on the business.
"Officials don't have to worry about it because they and their employees are definitely paid and hide their closed communities," he said. “We have to face our employees and their families. Everyone is an essential worker for their families, for their children, for their spouse and for the parents they care for. "
Ultimately, Delgado is proud to be part of the tidal wave of new talent that the GOP is bringing to the poll this year. He believes that while left rioters and looters topple and disfigure statues nationwide, real, lasting, and positive change can only be achieved by overthrowing democratic leaders who have lost touch with their voters and with reality itself.
"The Californian GOP candidates this year are diverse and come not only in terms of ethnicity, but also in terms of their origins: from business, from all walks of life, from immigrants," says Delgado. "The reason why I believe is that these are normal people who feel that they have been asked to serve. I have never been in politics myself and am there because the duty requires it. If I do if I hadn’t walked, I would have had a pretty good life: calm, successful, successful. My son and I would have lived pretty well and enjoy our lives he stands, are crucial. And not only he, but also other little boys and girls, and that's why I want to get in. "
"I see their future is at stake, and what kind of father would I be if I let the current establishment destroy all the prosperity and goodness of this wealthy state to remain unchallenged?" Delgado asked. "So I run for him, I run for his future, I run for the sons and daughters of everyone else. Nobody can say that the state is run well. The house is physically and mentally separate from the normal Californians. During the protests were the elected officials in California were nowhere to be seen and hid, only concerned about their power, while I and ordinary people put out fires and looters on the streets, stopped fighting, and only tried to restore order because we were elected by the elected officials were left from our state. "
This frustration with the lack of true representation by democratic fat cats is embodied by Lucille Roybal-Allard, whom he describes as part of an "elite upper class that has no connection to the average person".
“My opponent neglected her people in her district because of a lack of competition. She really has no incentive to provide anything for her. Whatever she would do, her legacy has already been made. What can she possibly do in the next two years that she hasn't been able to do in the past three decades? "asks Delgado." Absolutely nothing. And here I am with a passionate fire and motivated to make this place, the 40thth District, wealthy. "
"I want to bring prosperity because prosperity for someone else is prosperity for me. The better someone else is, the better off I am, ”he concludes. "It's a way to create synergies between all of us. You can either see the world as we are in a competition where someone who has something takes it away from you, or as a collaboration to build something great together "The collaboration has given me amazing gifts as a Central American immigrant who attended college and law school. This country has taken care of me in a way I could never have imagined."
California's 40th convention district includes Downey, East Los Angeles, Commerce, Paramount, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, and the neighborhoods of Florence, Florence-Graham, Historic South Central, and South Park in South Los Angeles . With 86.5%, it is the country's Latino district.
Carl Kozlowski was art editor at Pasadena Weekly from 2002 to 2019 and has also written for the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New City, Esquire and GQ. He is also a professional standup comic that specializes in producing Catholic Laugh's clean, clever comedy shows through his business
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