April 20th, 2016
Immediate Release: April 12, 2016
Contact: Orrin Evans (818) 359-5536
Steve Knight Refuses to Answer Questions on Donald Trump and SoCal Gas
Valencia, Calif. – The Antelope Valley Political Observer Newspaper in California’s 25th
Congressional District published its congressional questionnaire this week, and while current Congressman Steve Knight chose to participate, he refused to answer questions on supporting Donald Trump, and the Congressman’s relationship with campaign donor Sempra Energy and its subsidiary SoCal Gas.
When asked “Would you support Donald J. Trump for President if he is the Republican nominee?” Knight refused to answer, continuing a disturbing pattern of refusing to disavow the national GOP frontrunner’s hateful rhetoric.
When asked “How many times have you golfed with a Sempra Energy or SoCal Gas executive, officer or director?” Knight refused to answer, raising more questions about his relationship with one of his largest campaign donors. Knight had previously defended the corporation, which is responsible for the Aliso Canyon gas leak, which devastated the 25th district community of Porter Ranch.
“While Steve Knight and career politicians feel entitled to ask questions of others, voters in the 25th district deserve to know the level of access corporate donors receive, and the values of their elected representatives” said Caforio Campaign Manger Orrin Evans.
The refusal to answer these questions, comes on the heels of the Knight’s last minute cancellation to debate Caforio in the Antelope Valley last week. Last year, Knight physically threatened a constituent who asked him a question.
The 25th District covers northern Los Angeles County and part of Ventura County including the Antelope Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valley. President Obama won the district in 2008, and experts consider it a toss-up in a Presidential election year. Last year Democratic registration eclipsed Republican registration for the first time, and the district is now majority-minority. National Republicans list Congressman Knight as one of their most vulnerable incumbents.