Rep. Ken Calvert (R CD42) is wrong when he claims that President Obama has not governed from the middle. In fact, the leading Democrat in the race for California’s 42nd District, Tim Sheridan, says “Mr. Calvert himself has not voted the middle ground, or for the middle class.”
In a statement issued in response to the President’s State of the Union address, Mr. Calvert, a 20-year member of the House of Representatives, accused the President of governing from the “radical liberal left”.
In response, Sheridan said, “Mr. Calvert, voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; he opposed expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); he opposed the American Jobs Act which proposed investment in infrastructure and investment to prevent layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters; he opposed the extension of long-term unemployment benefits; he voted to reduce the current food stamps budget, and now opposes a raise of the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Is it radical to ensure that women get equal pay for equal work or to ensure that children have adequate health insurance?” Sheridan asked. “When I get to Congress, I intend to support programs that benefit everyday Americans and not the special interests that Mr. Calvert supports,” he added.
Sheridan also commented on Calvert’s criticism of the President’s plan to use more Executive Orders. “President Obama,” Sheridan said, “is on a pace to issue fewer Executive Orders than former President George W. Bush issued during his administration.”
“More importantly, Mr. Calvert should stop constantly criticizing and attacking everything that the President tries to do and focus more on working with him and other Democrats to resolve problems,” Sheridan added. “The American people want a Congress that will work with members of the other party, not just invent new ways to criticize them.” Sheridan noted that he will go to Washington and work with both parties to resolve the issues important to our community, including taking whatever action is necessary to reduce Riverside County’s high unemployment rate. “When I’m elected, bringing good paying jobs to California’s 42nd District will be my number one priority,” Sheridan promised.
[Sheridan, who currently serves as the Democratic State Central Committee AD 67 Executive Board Representative, is an eleven-year resident of Menifee seeking his first elective office. In addition to Eastvale, California's 42nd Congressional District includes Corona, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta and Menifee, and a portion of Temecula, among other cities.]