October 14th, 2016
VIDEO: Knight: “You have to make a choice,” “I will be voting”
Santa Clarita, Calif. – Yesterday, Bryan Caforio, congressional candidate for California’s 25th District, was the decisive winner of the general election debate hosted by the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce, and Rep. Steve Knight confirmed he will be voting for Donald Trump for president.
One of the most important questions of the night centered on whether or not Knight would vote for Donald Trump for president after he stood silently on the sidelines for over a year and made the transparent, politically calculated move to disavow him just 30 days before his reelection.
Knight danced around the question saying, “I think this is a difficult race…I think it’s probably the most difficult race in all our lives. But in the end we will have to make a choice.” When asked what his choice was, he responded, “I’ve come out just recently and said I don’t support either one. But I will be voting.“
As Paul Ryan said, this election is a binary choice, and Knight reiterated that himself. He has made his choice clear: Knight is voting for Donald Trump.
Caforio responded. “[Knight] said this is the most difficult election. We have a sexual predator running for president, who insults immigrants, attacking women physically and verbally, attacking POWs, attacking the disabled. The choice is very simple for me. When Donald Trump is running on the other side, it should not be hard.”
“Bryan Caforio made it clear he can be counted on to stand up for women, immigrants, and seniors in the face of bigoted bullies like Donald Trump. Rep. Steve Knight, who admitted he will be voting for Trump, has not and will not, ” said Orrin Evans, Caforio’s campaign manager.
Quick takes on the issues:
On the drought:
Rep. Knight boasted about a plan to address California’s drought, but failed to mention his continued denial of science, ignoring the root causes of the very problem. Knight can’t be trusted to solve an environmental issue when he has continually voted against legislation to combat climate change and ignored the public safety of his constituents when they were forced from their homes during the Aliso Canyon gas leak.
On working women:
Knight also attempted to mislead voters on his record for women in the workplace and creating a more level playing field for women-owned small businesses. Knight cannot claim to support a stronger economy when he has voted against equal pay for equal work, and even co-sponsored legislation in Congress allowing single women to be fired for being pregnant. Caforio recognizes that women make up more than half of the workforce, and our economy cannot truly flourish unless they are given the fair pay and rights they deserve.
Knight doubled down on his call to eliminate the Department of Education. As the son of two schoolteachers who attended public school all the way through college, Caforio will fight to give students and teachers the resources they need.
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 Santa Clarita 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 this race a toss-up . Last year Democratic registration eclipsed Republican registration, and the district is now majority-minority. National Republicans list Congressman Knight as one of their most vulnerable incumbents.