May 17th, 2016
Immediate Release: May 17, 2016
Contact: Orrin Evans (818) 359-5536
Where Is Steve Knight?
Knight Skipped Seniors Citizens Debate Claiming He Was In DC, Then Missed Votes
Valencia, Calif. – Last Friday, May 13th , Candidates for California’s 25 th Congressional District participated in the California Alliance for Retired Americans Forum in the Antelope Valley. Congressman Steve Knight who did not attend the debate, told the event organizers and the Antelope Valley Press that he was in Washington.
But, on Tuesday, May 17 th , it was revealed that Congressman Steve Knight was not in Washington, and in fact missed scheduled votes. “I was absent due to obligations in the district,” said Knight in response to the missed votes.
These contradictory statements highlight a troubling pattern of Knight not being accounted for. Last year, the Congressman was notably absent during the Porter Ranch Gas Leak, and in April he backed out of a debate at the last minute.
“It is disappointing, but not surprising that Steve Knight avoided the Alliance for Retired Americans Debate,” said Orrin Evans, Caforio’s campaign manager. “If he had attended, he would have been asked about his radical belief that Social Security was ‘a bad idea’ and his position that the program should be privatized.”
The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) is a statewide nonprofit organization that unites retired workers and community groups to win social and economic justice, full civil rights, and a better, more secure future for seniors, their families, and future generations. CARA is the official state affiliate of the Alliance for Retired Americans, which has given Steve Knight a 10% Lifetime Score, for his extreme views on retirement security and senior issues.
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.