Editorial - Room with a View

Room with a View: Min to oppose Moorlach in 2020 State Senate election

On page 3 of the Wednesday, January 9 edition of the Orange County Register, Jordan Graham reports that Dave Min, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, plans to run against John Moorlach in 2020 for the 37th State Senate District.

Transparency note: I like John Moorlach. He’s been on my Good Guy List™ since he was a lone voice in the wilderness calling out Bob Citron. He has Real Life Experience™ in accounting. He can make you laugh as he explains just how bad government fiscal policies are. We shared the spotlight when he was named Man of the Year and I was named Woman of the Year by the Cypress Area Chamber of Commerce. He’s about a foot-and-a-half taller than I am, and I’ve never seen him talk down to anybody.

Looking at the resumé for Dave Min provided by the Register, I am inclined to be cranky: currently a law professor, unsuccessful run for Congress, and policy wonk for the Joint Economic Committee of Congress and the Center for American Progress. I am especially cranky at the writer’s pointing out that Min would be “the first Asian-American Democrat to represent Orange County at the state level.”

Emphasis added because I had to read that last bit three times without benefit of boldfaced type while asking myself: is Janet Nguyen chopped liver? before Democrat jumped out at me. Slice those stats up finely enough, and you can be first at something while making it sound like everybody before you was racist, or sexist, or something else Really Bad™.

In light of recent attacks on membership in the Knights of Columbus by august members of the United States Senate — both California Senators plus one of Hawaii’s Senators have demanded that judicial nominees defend their membership in that fraternal charitable organization as though it were the Ku Klux Klan or American Nazi Party — I demand that any candidate for public office whose resumé lists only bubble jobs walled off from The Real World™ should explain why he thinks he’s qualified to tell the rest of what to do. Policy wonk and college professor are bubble jobs.

Furthermore, newly-elected California Governor Gavin Newsom is in dire need of more people who will say ‘no’ to him, and critique his policy proposals. With Democratic supermajorities in both houses of the California Legislature, Newsom has way more than enough people enthusiastically bobbing their heads up and down in agreement.

Official campaign announcement by Dave Min

Today, Dave Min, a UC Irvine law professor and economic policy expert, announced his candidacy for California’s 37th State Senate District, which is currently held by Donald Trump supporter John Moorlach.

“I’m running for State Senate to build a brighter economic future for all 37th District families, and to provide them with representation that reflects our values and priorities.”

“As a husband and father, I believe we need to focus on universal health care, protecting our environment, ending the gun violence epidemic, building more affordable housing, and protecting our immigrant communities from the disastrous policies of the Trump administration.”

“At a time when California is providing leadership to the country, communities across the 37th District have been denied the representation they deserve.”

“I look forward to putting my economic expertise and years of experience to providing practical solutions, and restoring common sense and decency to this office.”

Min’s campaign has already garnered the endorsements of elected officials and activist leaders from across Southern California, ranging from Congressional Representatives to community leaders.

“Now more than ever, we need California to provide thoughtful progressive leadership to the country as we face the immoral and corrupt policies of the Trump Administration,” said Ted Lieu, Representative for California’s Congressional 33rd District. “Dave has devoted his entire career to the goal of ensuring economic opportunities for people from all backgrounds and I’ve seen firsthand how dedicated, passionate, and principled he is in this cause. I’m endorsing Dave Min for State Senate because I know he will be the partner I need in Sacramento to help California stand up to Donald Trump and lead the way for the rest of the country.”

“Orange County families deserve someone who takes the effort to understand the many different needs of our diverse communities and is willing to fight for our values, such as investing in affordable education opportunities for our kids and keeping our environment clean and safe for generations to come,” said Aliso Viejo City Councilwoman Tiffany Ackley. “At the same time, it’s important that we elect local leaders who will stand up for decency, dignity, and true gender equality at a time when too many of our elected politicians seek to demean and discriminate against women, denying them equal pay for equal work and safe work environments and wielding in sexist and demeaning rhetoric. Dave Min is outstanding in meeting all of these criteria– which is why I’m excited to lend him my support for State Senate.”

“I am backing Dave Min as the clear progressive choice for this seat. I’ve seen his dedication to fighting on behalf of Orange County families for universal healthcare, communities that are safe from gun violence, and protecting women’s rights,” said Alan Lowenthal, Representative for California’s 30th Congressional District. “As an educator myself, I’m impressed by Dave Min’s commitment to improving educational opportunities for Southern California students. And as the Co-Chair of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus, I am excited about the prospect of working with Dave as he continues his outspoken leadership on efforts to create a green economy and reverse climate change trends.”

“Dave Min is uniquely qualified to protect Californian families from the harmful and dangerous environmental policies of the Trump Administration,” said RL Miller, Chair of the California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus. “We need Dave’s experience, policy chops, and leadership in Sacramento to ensure a safe and healthy climate for future generations.”