Caforio Calls Out Speaker Paul Ryan and Steve Knight

Both Stood Aside for Donald Trump’s Anti-Woman Campaign

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Today, Bryan Caforio, congressional candidate for California’s 25th District, held a press conference in response to Speaker Ryan’s fundraising event for Rep. Steve Knight. The closed door event represents a last ditch effort to raise funds for Knight’s flailing campaign.  

Both Speaker Ryan and Steve Knight have admitted this election represents a binary choice, yet continue to stand by their party’s bigoted, racist, misogynistic Presidential nominee. Knight’s failure to stand up to Donald Trump also comes in light of recent allegations of sexual harassment against his former Field Representative Dante Acosta. Despite knowing about the allegations since June, Knight supports and raises money for Acosta, even appearing alongside him on campaign mailers.

Rep. Knight’s latest ethical failing is another example of his anti-woman record. Knight continues to display a lack of judgement and understanding, whether it has been his votes in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, his out of touch position on a woman’s right to choose, his tepid response to his party’s Presidential candidate, or his support of an alleged harasser within his own community. Time and again, Knight has put his own political security first.

“In the face of Donald Trump’s anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-veteran message, Speaker Ryan and Congressman Knight have remained deafeningly silent,” said Caforio. “Speaker Ryan’s visit today emphasizes how important this election will be for women’s equality because Donald Trump and Congressman Knight stand in the way of women’s progress at every turn.

“It’s time to break through the old-fashioned ideology and stand together to fight for a stronger community. I am confident that women and men will come together in the coming days to reject the anti-woman, anti-family, backwards policy proposals of the past. It’s time to fight for a fairer society, and defend women’s equality now and into the future.”

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.

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