Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Lifelong Democrat? Robert Lee Ahn Is Not!


Republican money has flooded into Ahn's campaign war chest

As part of our series on "ex"-Republicans, we have a guest post today by Paul Ahrens, one of my neighbors in Northeast Los Angeles. Paul has been a member of the entertainment labor union IATSE for 30 years and has served as Assistant Business Agent of IATSE Local 44 since 2004. He's a member of the California Democratic State Central Committee and votes in CA-34. I think it's pretty safe to assume he won't be voting for wealthy "ex"-Republican Robert Lee Ahn next month's congressional election.

-by Paul Ahrens

On the April 4th Special Election ballot, there were multiple good candidates running for the currently vacant U.S. Congress seat in CA34. No matter who you voted for the first time around, the choice in the run-off is now crystal clear. Let me explain why.

I'm a lifelong progressive and I take voting seriously. I am deeply concerned that the right wing extremists running the country are on the verge of forever destroying our Republic. I want my Congressmember to not only make me proud…I want my Congressmember to passionately support a progressive Democratic platform that will ensure we all have a chance at a vibrant future.

I was reading the LA Times article on April 19th and was surprised when I read that Robert Lee Ahn was a former Republican. While I can’t blame him for deserting the Republican Party, I seemed to have remembered seeing something different on his candidate statement. So I went back to look at the candidate statement, and I was right:

“Lifelong Democrat?”

This was incredibly confusing so I asked a friend who was researching CA34. Sure enough:

1994- Republican

1996- Republican

Opportunist switches to Democratic Party

These documents tell the true story: Robert Lee Ahn lied. He submitted a candidate statement-- for which he had to pay for and personally sign-- that falsely described himself. In fact, he had to personally sign this document:

Robert Lee Ahn was a registered Republican from the time he was first allowed to vote in 1994 up until 2012 – that’s 18 years of being a Republican. That means Robert Lee Ahn sat idly by while Newt Gingrich led his Republican Congress to defund our school systems and weaken hard working Americans’ pensions. He stood with his fellow Republicans while George W. Bush lead us into pointless wars and lead us to the Great Recession. Robert Lee Ahn even stood with Republicans while Barack Obama built a once in a lifetime movement for change.

Did Robert Lee Ahn agree with Donald Trump’s vehemently racist birther movement?

Did Robert Lee Ahn agree with the Republicans who tried to block the Affordable Care Act from becoming law?

How did Robert Lee Ahn feel when Mitch McConnell stated his mission was to “make Barack Obama a one term President”?

Robert Lee Ahn, you are a fraud. Don’t lie to us and say you were something you weren’t. You stood with a party for years that has a platform that will jeopardize my children’s future. Until you explain to us why you were a Republican for 18 years of your life, you don’t deserve our vote. Until you explain to us why you feel comfortable lying to the people you want to represent, you’ll just be right wing Republican Shawn Steel’s favorite candidate for Congress:

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At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both candidates are one time Republicans who changed parties. The difference is that Gomez got a court order to seal his past registration statements. But there is no reason to question either one. Both have long records as progressive activists and have said that they registered by mistake and didn't get around to changing it for a while, because California has an open primary system, so they could vote for whomever they wanted.

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Anon said...

Ahn is a "progressive activist" who just happened to register as a Republican and kept it that way for 18 f****** years?

Not buying your crap, pal.

At 7:22 PM, Anonymous ap215 said...

And this who the braintrusts in the DCCC & DSCC wants us to support huh former GOP'ers turning into Dems pretending they care to support & shoving them down our throats no thank you.

At 9:51 PM, Anonymous melissagrata said...

I don't know what's progressive about raising our taxes while Gomez's corporate donors like Wells Fargo get huge tax breaks and make phony bank accounts. I thought progressives were supposed to be for the little guy?

At 6:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

real progressives are for the little guy. fake progressives and the democrap party are not. simple.

This is your democrap party. pretending to be the party of FDR, if only just. But their fidelity to the money continues to show through. Liars and charlatans. That's your so-called democrat party.

Enjoy your mushroom cloud of evil. You'll deserve it.

At 7:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What more does one need than the Rs appealing to their voters to vote for THIS democrap?

At 11:32 PM, Blogger raVen_image said...

A bit hyperbolic. We can be adults and use their prefered appellations.

Then again, I see no difference between the Democrats and Republicans. Neither seems interested in anything beyond polishing their brand.. For instance, take Obamacare. For seven years, Republicans have bitched about this legislation and we find that in all that time, they have done nothing. But the Democrats haven't done anything either, All Democrats will say that obamacare "Needs work," but, in seven years, no Democrat ever introduced legislation to smooth out obamacare's rough edges.

The Democrats are sitting on the laurels of obamacare simply because it was passed under a Democratic president. If it "needs work" then why won't they work on it?


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