Santa Clarita Valley Signal Cancels 25th Congressional Debate

Immediate Release: August 8, 2016

Santa Clarita Valley Signal Cancels 25th Congressional Debate

After One Month of Silence Rep. Steve Knight Cites Scheduling Conflict, Caforio Demands Knight’s Recess Schedule Be Made Public

Lancaster, Calif. – Over the weekend, The Santa Clarita Valley Signal newspaper announced that they would be canceling the 25th Congressional District Debate between Democratic Bryan Caforio and incumbent Congressman Steve Knight on August 18th, due to a last minute “scheduling conflict” for Representative Knight.

The August 18th debate was proposed by the Signal to both campaigns on June 29th, but as of August 3rd, the Signal had not heard from Rep. Knight. This marks not the first, not the second, not the third, but the fourth time Representative Knight has dodged a debate, further preventing voters from making an informed decision this November.

The cancellation comes on the heels of one of Knight’s political consultants telling the Los Angeles Times that Knight and Caforio “certainly will be debating,” and that the Knight campaign is “working on the debates.” Knight had previously missed a debate because he claimed to be in Washington, but then missed votes.

It is truly remarkable, but unfortunately unsurprising that Representative Knight refuses to defend his extreme policy positions in an open forum,” said Caforio Campaign Manager Orrin Evans. “Bryan Caforio’s invitation to debate across the 25th District still stands, and he will continue to respect the time honored tradition of our elected leaders being held accountable and questioned by an independent press. Due to the continued inconsistencies regarding Rep. Knight’s whereabouts, the Caforio campaign is demanding that Rep. Knight make his full recess schedule public to help explain why he is consistently unavailable.”

Following Rep. Knight refusing the Canyon Country Advisory Committee’s request for a debate on July 11th, the Caforio Campaign issued an open letter calling for debates across the 25th District.

Caforio was born and raised in Southern California by two public school teachers, attended UCLA and Yale Law School, worked for a United States federal judge, and practices as an attorney taking on some of the world’s biggest banks. Bryan lives in Valencia with his wife Lisa, who serves as a Deputy City Attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

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.

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