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Former Orange County Democratic Party Chair Frank Barbaro Gives Harley Rouda the Nod in CA-48 Contest

LAGUNA BEACH, CA — Keeping up a torrid pace in the race for California’s 48th Congressional District seat, today businessman Harley Rouda earned a sought-after endorsement from Southern California Democratic legend, former Orange County Democratic Party Chair Frank Barbaro.

Widely respected among Orange County Democrats and grassroots activists, Barbaro previously served as Chair of the Orange County Democratic Party for a substantial eight years in the 1970’s as well as in the early 1980’s and from 2000- 2012.

Rouda expressed his gratitude for the endorsement by releasing the following statement:

“It’s both humbling and an honor to have the support of such a dynamic legend like Frank Barbaro, the former Chair of the Orange County Democratic Party. He’s an icon to so many, having worked tirelessly for decades to organize, activate the grassroots and elect Democrats in our region. Frank’s support means a lot to me and I look forward to collaborating, learning and joining forces with him in the weeks and months ahead on my campaign.”

Just yesterday Rouda released his first online video, titled, “Clean House,” which highlights the stark contrast between incumbent Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and his people-powered, neighborhood-driven campaign.

Rouda, who announced his candidacy just two weeks ago, has already raked-in over $100,000 in contributions from donors, ensuring that his campaign is flush with donations and well-prepared to wage a winning campaign.

He was also just recently endorsed by former California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman. Earlier this week, Rouda unveiled a partial set of his priorities for the U.S. House of Representatives, including:

Previously Rouda released the following statement as he rolled out his initial agenda items for Congress:

“I’ll admit it — I’m not a politician. I’m a businessman who works to get things done. For far too long, politicians in Washington have squabbled, played political games and engaged in brinkmanship. In fact, they’ve done a whole lot of all that, and not a lot of problem-solving. I’m running to change this dynamic and to put common sense and pragmatism ahead of politics. “It’s why I want voters to know who I am, where I stand on the issues, and what I plan to deliver on their behalf. With so much at stake in the years ahead, I believe that candor, levelheadedness and a fresh approach is what’s needed in Congress. These are the reasons that today I unveiled a set of my initial priorities for Washington. We have a lot to get done, and I’ll be releasing other priorities in the months ahead, but these agenda items are right at the forefront.”

Rouda announced his campaign less than two weeks ago. Recently, he spoke to a crowd of over 600 grassroots activists at an event organized by local Democratic Clubs and the Orange County Democratic Party. To view his remarks, please visit his Facebook page here and scroll down to his Facebook live coverage from the event.

Harley Rouda is a successful businessman who has created several successful companies, and now serves on the board on numerous companies in a variety of industries. Rouda received an MBA from The Ohio State University, and a J.D. from Capital University Law School. He lives in Laguna Beach, with his wife Kaira Rouda, a bestselling author. They have four children.

Active in numerous charities and civic organizations over the years, Harley has been involved in fighting homelessness and domestic violence; active with Human Rights Watch; supporting education for the disadvantaged as well as supporting access to higher education; saving military jobs; and working with civic organizations to drive economic development.

The 48th Congressional District is considered a ripe pickup opportunity for Democrats, as Hillary Clinton won the district by 2%. The district is seen as all the more winnable given that Rohrabacher is one of Donald Trump’s closest allies in Congress. The 48th Congressional district also had one of the largest swings of any Congressional district in the country from 2012 to 2016, with more than 13 percentage points at the presidential level shifting to Democratic.

Posted on March 16, 2017 in Press Releases.

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