California conservative leader candidate for the 50th congressional district seat Carl DeMaio is attracting fresh buzz within the San Diego-area military and veteran community with a new idea.
DeMaio wants to force Members of Congress to get their health care from the VA.
He believes that this would move VA reform up the list of congressional priorities sharply and swiftly.
In an interview with San Diego channel KUSI, DeMaio lays out his thinking. Go to minute 3:37 here:
“I want to enroll members of congress in the VA health care system. Here’s why. I believe we are gonna get reform at the VA. If members of congress have to stand in the same long lines and get the same substandard care.”
Over 100,000 active duty military live in and around San Diego. More than 240,000 veterans also live there. VA reform undoubtedly ranks high in the minds of many voters.
The primary election takes place on March 3. Erick Erickson has endorsed Issa. The Club for Growth has endorsed DeMaio.
If DeMaio proceeds to the general election, it will be thanks to an unlikely coalition of voters. Polling from a third party group active in the race shows that he is preferred over Darrell Issa by all of hardcore Trump supporters, libertarians, and No Party Preference (NPP) voters – the biggest segment of voters in California.
Traditional, more establishment Republicans prefer Issa. This may explain why one outside group is running anti-Issa digitalads focusing on shaky parts of his record on Israel and terrorism; the district purportedly has more churches than any other congressional district in the country, and presumably therefore a lot of pro-Israel voters. At least one Issa supporter has made the point online that some of the highlighted comments and actions may be attributable to Issa’s ongoing focus on protecting Christian Arabs in the Middle East, and may therefore not be as bad as they look at face value.
For what it’s worth, Issa’s campaign website does not mention “military,” “veterans” or “Israel” on its Issues page. DeMaio’s contains sections on “Support for Israel” and “Veterans/ National Security.”
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