FACT-CHECKING KEVIN DE LEÓN’S CONVERSATION WITH MARK BALDASSARE AND DIANNE FEINSTEIN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 16, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

 

SAN FRANCISCO Just after U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León and incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s met on stage this afternoon, Communications Director Jonathan Underland made the following statement:

 

“The historic debate we witnessed today is testament to the unprecedented strength of Senator de León’s challenge and exposed just how starkly the values of the two candidates differ. It is shocking that California’s senior senator would dismiss the value of organizing and peaceful protests. Saying that ‘it doesn’t do anything’ and that we should focus on winning elections ignores a basic truth: You have to build coalitions to make real change. Senator de León, who cut his teeth organizing the largest civil rights protest in state history against Prop 187, knows that organizing and coordinating with the grassroots is vital to California’s success in Congress.”

 

FACT CHECK

 

IMMIGRATION REFORM OVERDUE…

 

  • Senator Feinstein claims that “immigration reform is long overdue.” But in 1993, Senator Feinstein said that “whether it’s a space for a job, a space is a home, a place in a classroom, it becomes a competition for space… The people who should be here are those who come legally.” [C-SPAN, 9/17/93].

 

  • And even now, “for immigration advocates rushing to beat back congressional momentum to crack down on so-called ‘sanctuary cities,’ their chief worry isn’t the Republicans who control Capitol Hill. It’s Sen. Dianne Feinstein.” [Politico, 8/03/15].

 

SO OVERDUE, DE LEÓN HAS PICKED UP THE SLACK

 

  • During the PPIC discussion today, Sen. Feinstein said she "just learned" that there are multiple family detention facilities in CA. Senator de León – pictured here marching on the Otay Mesa Detention Center with religious leaders this past June – has been fighting to keep immigrant families together since long before it became a hashtag: In 2012, his SB 1064 broke down barriers to reunite detained and deported Californians with their children.

 

SHE’S “NOT THERE” ON MEDICARE FOR ALL

 

  • “Boos” erupted at a “mostly calm” town hall at San Francisco City Hall when Dianne Feinstein borrowed red-state rhetoric to denounce a single-payer system as a government-run “total takeover” of healthcare. One audience member denounced her as a “sellout”; others led chants of “Single-payer now!” [LA Times, 4/17/2017]

 

  • One week after that town hall, a firm that lobbied for Blue Cross Blue Shield, UnitedHealth, and Big Pharma hosted a fundraiser for Feinstein, asking supporters to kick in up to $5,000. Feinstein’s campaign has taken money from lobbyists representing nearly every player in the healthcare industry – except the patients. [International Business Times, 5/02/17]

 

  • Feinstein followed the D.C. Democrat herd and turned tail on Bernie Sanders’ Single-Payer proposal: “Most of the party’s… vulnerable Senate incumbents are steering clear,” Politico reported, although Feinstein blamed her skittishness on the “enormous” cost of single-payer, not her shaky grasp on what real Californians’ need. [Politico, 9/13/2017]

 

KEVIN DE LEÓN IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHO’S A TRIED-AND-TRUE CHAMPION OF MEDICARE FOR ALL

 

  • No California leader has fought more fiercely – or consistently – to expand access and advance the ideals of Medicare for All than Kevin de León. While leading the California Senate, Senator de León not only expanded California’s Medi-Cal program to cover undocumented children, but also successfully steered SB 562, a single-payer health care measure, through the Senate [Sac Bee, 4/20/16; Leginfo, 5/26/2017].

 

  • De León believes that what he’s accomplished in California – the nation's most populous state – should serve as a template for extending Medicare for All nationwide. De León has pledged that, if elected, he will join Kamala Harris in co-sponsoring Bernie Sanders’ Single-Payer proposal and lead the fight to secure quality healthcare access for all Californians [@KdeLeon, Twitter, 5/8/18; Los Angeles Times, 10/25/17].

  • And even researchers backed by the Koch Brothers couldn’t help but find that Medicare for All would save “$2 trillion over a 10-year period” [The Nation, 7/31/18; ThinkProgress, 7/30/18].

 

KEVIN DE LEÓN SUCCESSFULLY PASSED THE STRONGEST GUN CONTROL LAWS IN THE NATION

 

  • In the summer of 2016, then-California Senate Leader Kevin de León authored and passed the nation’s strongest raft of gun control legislation yet – including a de facto assault weapons ban, and an ammunition sales regulation inspired by victims of stray bullets criss-crossing his own Senate district [Sacramento Bee, 7/09/16; L.A Times, 7/30/16].

 

  • During today’s discussion, Senator Feinstein agreed with Senator de León that she and Democrats in Washington missed an opportunity from 2009-2011 to push major gun safety reforms – including renewing the assault weapons ban that expired almost 15 years ago – when they controlled Congress & the White House.

 

HARASSMENT ON CAPITOL HILL

 

  • Here's the Anita Hill op-ed Kevin mentioned during the PPIC conversation. Senator de León shares Hill’s frustration over the lack of process in the U.S. Congress to handle allegations and complaints of sexual harassment & sexual assault.

 

  • Legislation introduced may have passed the House & the Senate, but it never became law. Staffers on the Hill still have no real protection [Buzzfeed; 9/20/18].

 

There are 20 days until California voters take to the polls. Register to vote online today.

 

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KEVIN DE LEÓN TO CONVERSE WITH MARK BALDASSARE ON STAGE WITH SEN. FEINSTEIN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

*LIVESTREAM*

 

LOS ANGELES – U.S. Senate Candidate Kevin de León will travel to PPIC’s Bechtel Auditorium in San Francisco, where he will join Sen. Dianne Feinstein and PPIC President and CEO Mark Baldassare to discuss the issues that everyday Californians face. On the President pro Tempore Emeritus’ preparation for the candidates’ first meeting, the campaign’s Communications Director Jonathan Underland said this:

“California’s senior senator hasn’t met with an opponent on stage for a conversation - or a debate - in nearly two decades. We can’t help but marvel at the historic nature of Wednesday’s summit, but we’re more excited about using the opportunity to show California voters the stark contrast between Senator de León and Senator Feinstein’s positions on the issues that matter most to the residents of this great state.” 

Due to the timing of the event – lunchtime on a Wednesday – many working families and students will be unable to tune in. Therefore, Senator de León’s guests will include California members and leadership of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Service Employees International Union, Laborers International Union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and students from UC Berkeley and other Bay Area institutions.  

A Conversation with Candidates for United States Senate

Who: California Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

What: Hourlong discussion moderated by PPIC President and CEO Mark Baldassare

Where: Bechtel Conference Center at PPIC George P. Shultz Forum 500 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111

When: 11:35 am Wednesday, October 17, 2018

There are 21 days until California voters take to the polls. Register to vote online today.

*6,563 DAYS SINCE SEN. FEINSTEIN’S LAST DEBATE*

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LATINO VICTORY FUND ENDORSES KEVIN DE LEÓN FOR U.S. SENATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 15, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES – Latino Victory Fund, which cultivates public candidates and civic leaders in order to increase civic engagement in Latino communities nationwide, today announced that it would endorse California Senate President pro Tempore emeritus Kevin de León for U.S. Senate.

“Senator de León fought for the Latino community when Proposition 187 plagued California in 1994, and today he is one of our fiercest defenders against President Trump's racist policies,” said Cristóbal J. Alex, Latino Victory Fund president.  “Senator de Léon is a dedicated advocate who has served his community with distinction by advancing progressive policies that have strengthened the state of California. He's a seasoned legislator with the gumption to stand up to the Trump administration's attacks against the Latino community in any Senate floor, whether in Sacramento or Washington, D.C. Latino Victory is proud to stand with Senator de Léon in his bid to make history as California’s first Latino United States senator. 

The Latino Victory Fund is a progressive political action committee with the mission of growing Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government – from the school board to the Senate to the White House. Latino Victory identifies, recruits, and develops candidates for public office while building a permanent base of donors to support them. LVF currently has state chapters in Georgia, Nevada and Arizona to recruit and uplift the emerging bench of leaders.

"From just and humane immigration reforms to a 100% clean-energy future, Latino participation in our political process is critical as we look to address our most pressing national issues,” said Senator Kevin de Léon. “In my lifetime, we have made great strides toward civic inclusion, strides due in no small part to the Latino Victory Fund’s determined efforts to engage Latino voters and donors by developing leaders who share our stories and our values. I am proud to work with the Latino Victory Fund toward this important goal, and am honored to have earned their endorsement.”

The author and staunchest defender of the California Values Act, Senator de León has championed progressive policies in California to improve the lives of its hard-working families. Following President Trump's contravention of DACA, Senator de León proved instrumental in negotiating $30 million to assist the nearly 250,000 Dreamers in California with legal services as well as “safety net” funding to help DACA students continue their education if Trump’s policies prevented them from working. In 2014, he became the first Latino to lead the California Senate in 130 years. If elected in November, Sen. de León would be the first Latino to represent California in the U.S. Senate.

 

There are 22 days until California voters take to the polls. Register to vote online today.

 

*6,562 DAYS SINCE SEN. FEINSTEIN’S LAST DEBATE*

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KEVIN DE LEÓN TO WALK, TALK AND LISTEN IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 12, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES – U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León will tomorrow visit San Diego County for a pair of events in National City and North County joining local candidates and community members on voter efforts and local pressing issues. After kicking off a short program to spur voters to the polls and reinforce the importance of electing Democrats to all levels of government, the former California Senate leader will lunch with Del Mar residents and to hear the issues that they face in their community.



Kevin de León Kicks Off Mega Walk and Phone Bank for National City Progress Slate


WHERE: Olivewood Clubhouse 541 E. 24th Street, National City, California 91950

WHEN: 10:30 am Saturday, October 13


Lunch and Learn: Meet and Greet about Del Mar Beach and its Sand Issues


WHERE: 2318 Ocean Front, Del Mar, CA 92014

WHEN: 12pm - 1:30pm Saturday, October 13


There are 25 days until California voters take to the polls. Register to vote online today.

*6,559 DAYS SINCE SEN. FEINSTEIN’S LAST DEBATE*

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STATEMENT FROM DE LEÓN ON KAVANAUGH'S CONFIRMATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, October 6, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León today released the following statement on the heels of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the United States Supreme Court:

“Today is a difficult day. Senate leadership rammed the most partisan Supreme Court nominee we’ve ever seen straight into a seat on our nation’s highest and most powerful bench. With each passing day, our constitutional rights will be at risk.

 

“But let me be clear: this has always been the case. It has never been a given that we will continue to enjoy the same voting rights, civil rights, LGBTQIA rights, and basic human rights that we have today.

“Today also marks the beginning of a new chapter in our nation's history. A chapter where we no longer accept complacency, and we work to erase a status quo that puts its own power over the interests of the people it represents. Today we saw the proof unfold before our eyes - that the old ways of doing things don’t work; and comity for comity’s sake is far too risky when a woman’s right to choose is on the line.

“That’s why we, the people of California – and Americans across the nation – have to get out and vote, and organize our communities to vote with us. No election is too small, no vote is inconsequential. We must build power on our own, because we can’t rely on our representatives in Washington to do it for us."

 

There are 31 days until California voters take to the polls. Register to vote online today.

 

*6,553 DAYS SINCE SEN. FEINSTEIN’S LAST DEBATE*

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NUHW ENDORSES KEVIN DE LEÓN FOR U.S. SENATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 4, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

 

LOS ANGELES – After an hour-long Q-and-A forum in Burlingame last month, the National Union of Healthcare Workers’ local leaders from across the country voted to endorse Kevin de León for U.S. Senate. Sen. de León received 91% of the vote. Incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein declined invitations to attend the forum.

 

“Our members were excited to get to really know Kevin and discuss the issues that are critical to them and all Californians,” NUHW president Sal Rosselli said. “After hearing Kevin address our members, it’s no surprise to me that he won a resounding majority of the vote. We are excited to support him in this campaign.

 

As President pro Tempore of the California Senate, Kevin de León passed Medicare For All legislation past stiff opposition Sacramento’s higher house. If elected to the U.S. Senate, Sen. de León will co-sponsor Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare For All Act on his first day in the Capitol.

 

“I am grateful to have the endorsement of the National Union of Healthcare Workers’ democratically elected healthcare leaders, who work tirelessly to keep Californians safe and sound,” Sen. de León said. “Healthcare is a human right, not an exclusive privilege for those who can afford it. With NUHW’s support, we’ll take the fight for Medicare For All to Washington and bring federal funding for mental health care back to California. We won’t take no for an answer.”

 

Hardworking Californians resoundingly back Kevin de León in November. Since announcing his candidacy, 15 other labor organizations have endorsed Kevin de León for Senate:

 

✅California Labor Federation

✅California Nurses Association/ National Nurses United

✅Communications Workers of America - District 9

✅International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 80

✅International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11

✅International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 42

✅ILWU Southern California District Council

✅International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 13

✅International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63

✅International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 94

✅International Union of Painters and Allied Trades - District 36

✅Laborers International Union of North America

✅Service Employees International Union - California

✅United Food and Commercial Workers - Western States Council

✅United Nurses Assoc. of CA/ Union of Healthcare Professionals

 

WHERE’S KEVIN?

Kevin de León and the SoCal Americans for Democratic Action will host a phone-bank tonight to urge Alaskans to call on Senator Lisa Murkowski to vote no on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Snow-cones and statements available upon request.

SoCal Americans for Democratic Action Alaska Phone-bank

Where: Sepulveda Peace Center: 3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

When:  5:30pm Thursday, October 4, 2018. Senator de León will attend from 6pm-7pm

 

 

*6,551 DAYS SINCE SEN. FEINSTEIN’S LAST DEBATE*

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KEVIN DE LEÓN ORGANIZES PHONE BANK TO CALL ALASKANS, FREEZE SCOTUS NOMINATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES – U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León has organized a phone-bank, hosted by the SoCal Americans for Democratic Action, to urge Alaskans to call on Senator Lisa Murkowski to vote no on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

“We all know we can't just sit back and trust Congress to get the job done. Real leadership – real governing – means not taking a single vote for granted,” said Senator de León. “Especially right now. Leadership means talking with everyday people, AND organizing voters, to hold Congress’ feet to the fire.”

Snow-Cones and mult boxes available on request.

 

SoCal Americans for Democratic Action Alaska Phone-bank

Where: Sepulveda Peace Center: 3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

When:  5:30pm Thursday, October 4, 2018. Senator de León will attend from 6pm-7pm

 

IN THE NEWS:

All Things Considered: A coffee shop conversation with U.S. Senate Candidate Kevin de León

LA Times: Where Sen. Dianne Feinstein and state Sen. Kevin de León stand on the issues

 

There are 34 days until California voters take to the polls. Register to vote online today.

*6,550 DAYS SINCE SEN. FEINSTEIN’S LAST DEBATE*

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FIGHT THE UNFRIENDLY SKIES: KEVIN DE LEÓN TO STAND WITH AIRPORT WORKERS, USWW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 1, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES – U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León will join USWW and Los Angeles’ airport workers at LAX Terminal 4 for tomorrow’s National Day of Action for Airport Workers. There, Sen. de León will stand with the hard-working Californians that keep our air transit system humming and expand on his plans to fight for yet more support from Capitol Hill for the Golden State’s working people.


USWW National Day of Action for Airport Workers

WHERE: Los Angeles International Airport, Terminal 4 Los Angeles, CA 90045

WHEN: 11:30am-12:30pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018


There are 36 days until California voters take to the polls. Register to vote online today.


*6,548 DAYS SINCE SEN. FEINSTEIN’S LAST DEBATE*

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ALL ABOARD! LOCAL DEMOCRATS LINE UP TO ENDORSE KEVIN DE LEÓN FOR U.S. SENATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 28, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES – With just 39 days before Californians head to the polls and elect their next U.S. Senator, twenty-two local clubs have endorsed Kevin de León’s U.S. Senate campaign. The names of the endorsing organizations follow:

✅Alhambra Democratic Club

✅Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Sacramento

✅Coastside Democrats of San Mateo County

✅Clairemont Democratic Club

✅Conejo Valley Democratic Club

✅Democratic Club of the Conejo Valley

✅Democratic Club of the High Desert

✅Democratic Club of Santa Maria Valley

✅Democrats of Greater Riverside

✅Feel the Bern Democrats of Riverside County

✅Foothill Communities Democratic Club of San Bernardino

✅Greater Ontario Democratic Club

✅Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club

✅Millennials for Revolution

✅Moorpark Democratic Club

✅North County Latino Democrats

✅Orange County Young Democrats

✅People’s Democratic Club of Santa Cruz

✅Simi Valley Democratic Club

✅San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party

✅Sunrise Movement of Bay Area

✅UC Santa Cruz Democrats

✅YIMBY Democratic Club of San Diego


U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León today released the following statement:

“These endorsements – which I’m honored to have earned – is evidence of what our campaign has seen in the polls and heard at campaign stops across California. Hardworking Californians are tired of the DC status quo. They want bold leadership in Washington. And they are confident our campaign will deliver as no incumbent can.”

On Wednesday night, PPIC released its latest poll on various California races and ballot measures. It shows Senator de León (now at 29%) cutting his opponent’s lead in half from their July poll. Despite having spent nearly $10 million in the primary, Senator Feinstein has failed to break through 50% at any point in the last nine months.   

*6,545 DAYS SINCE SEN. FEINSTEIN’S LAST DEBATE*

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KEVIN DE LEÓN HEADS TO BUTTE COUNTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – Tomorrow, Kevin de León will venture north to Butte County. The U.S. Senate Candidate will tour the Oroville Dam, meet with community leaders, rally with students and hear from everyday Californians about the issues Butte County residents face.

 

OROVILLE DAM SITE VISIT

WHEN: 10:30am, Thursday 9/27/18

WHERE: Address to be provided upon security approval. If you plan on attending, please contact press@kevindeleon.com to coordinate access.

 

HOUSING CRISIS LUNCH WITH PASTOR KEVIN THOMPSON

WHEN: 12:00pm, Thursday 9/27/18

WHERE: Southside Community Center, 2959 Lower Wyandotte Rd, Oroville, CA 95966

 

CHICO STATE UNIVERSITY RALLY

WHEN: 1:45pm, Thursday 9/27/18. The Senator will speak at 2:00pm about College for All and DACA.

WHERE: 400 West First Street, Chico, CA 95929


*6,543 DAYS SINCE SEN. FEINSTEIN’S LAST DEBATE*

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CHIRLA ACTION FUND ENDORSES KEVIN DE LEÓN FOR U.S. SENATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // jonathan@kevindeleon.com

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Californians for Human Immigrant Rights Leadership Action Fund (CHIRLA) today endorsed Kevin de León in his campaign for U.S. Senate. Throughout the Southland, the CHIRLA Action Fund is known for organizing leaders with firsthand knowledge of the impact of our broken immigration system.

“Our nation was built on immigrants and their labor. We are proud to endorse a candidate who will represent the needs of all of our communities regardless of immigration status,” said CHIRLA Action Fund Board of Directors Chair Angelica Salas. “Our immigrant community welcomes the opportunity to have someone in our U.S. Senate who is not afraid to stand up to the President and his administration. With Senator de León’s help, we can win immigration reform.

“CHIRLA Action Fund is among the fiercest defenders of our immigrant communities in California,” said Senator de León. “Their work inspires so many to get involved and focused on the issue of reforming a broken immigration system that our representatives in Washington have failed to address. Everyone deserves a seat at the table, which is why I am excited have the CHIRLA Action Fund’s support as we continue the fight for humane immigration reforms in our nation’s capital.”

A first-generation American, Senator de León spent over a decade in the California Capitol working to improve the human condition for hard-working immigrant families. From his time as an Assemblymember, to his tenure helming the California Senate, Kevin de León authored and passed such laws as SB-75, which provides undocumented children with Medi-Cal healthcare, and the California Values Act - the first Sanctuary State law in the nation. Senator de León first got involved in politics when he organized the largest civil rights protest in California history against Prop 187.

KEVIN DE LEÓN IN THE NEWS

LA Weekly: "Kevin de León is the Real Deal"

ThinkProgress: "Inside Kevin de León's quest to topple Dianne Feinstein, the queen of California"

SF Chronicle: “Kevin de León wants to crash Senate "country club" to battle Trump

*6,542 DAYS SINCE SEN. FEINSTEIN’S LAST DEBATE*

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KEVIN DE LEÓN JOINS IMMIGRANT RIGHTS RALLY IN LOS ANGELES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 24, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – Tomorrow morning, U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León will join a major immigrant rights organization for a rally to celebrate the progress California has made in defending and protecting its immigrant communities.  The organization will also announce its endorsed candidate in the California U.S. Senate race.

WHAT:   Rally with Los Angeles-based immigrant rights organization, community representatives, families.

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 11 a.m.

WHERE:  CHIRLA Action Fund headquarters, 2533 W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90057.

WHO:   Kevin de León; leaders at the forefront of the fight for immigrant rights in California and nationwide, community friends and allies.  

VISUALS:  Candidate for U.S. Senate for California surrounded by immigrant community leaders; video of Candidate’s stances on immigration and history of work for Californians; posters and banners; community members and immigrant families; balloons.

*6,541 DAYS SINCE SEN. FEINSTEIN’S LAST DEBATE*

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DAWN ENDORSES KEVIN DE LEÓN FOR U.S. SENATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 20, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES – The Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN) today endorsed U.S. Senate Candidate Kevin de León, saying:

“In the pay equity fight and beyond, Kevin de León has proven himself to be a stalwart advocate for women’s issues, and a truly progressive fighter for the equal rights Californians deserve,” said DAWN's President Linda Alexander. “He was a champion in the California State Legislature to make affirmative consent the law of the land in our state. In that spirit, we are delighted to endorse Kevin de León and excited to see what he accomplishes in Washington.

DAWN is a Democratic organization charged with electing progressive, pro-choice Democrats of all genders to public office, and promoting policies and actions that protect the rights of women locally, nationally, and abroad. Responding to their endorsement, de León said:

“DAWN has been working ceaselessly to ensure equal rights and equal opportunities by promoting progressive champions for the past 26 years,” said Kevin de León, “and I am honored to have their endorsement. DAWN’s support will prove crucial in the fight to equitably lift the human condition for all Californians, and I am grateful for it.”

Just this week, Kevin de León released the video “Our Time”.  

To view “Our Time,” click here or on the clip below…

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*6,537 DAYS SINCE SEN. FEINSTEIN’S LAST DEBATE*

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DE LEÓN RELEASES NEW VIDEO, “OUR TIME"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

We deserve better leadership.  It’s time to stand up, and fight back.”

*WATCH VIDEO*

LOS ANGELES – With just 50 days until Election Day, Kevin de León released a new video that tells a deeply personal story about his relationship to California: the people who live here, its landscape, and its history vilifying and scapegoating its own immigrant communities.  

The piece explores de León’s origin story: the forces and the woman who made him who he is today.  It also presents an alternate reality that puts Kevin and his mother at the center of a harrowing experience shared by thousands of children in America who have been torn from their families.

“I did not come here to be lazy,” says his mother, who worked her fingers to the bone cleaning opulent homes in San Diego. “I came here to make something of myself; to make a better future for you.”  Those words stuck with Kevin all his life, and influenced his drive to serve, from teaching citizenship preparation classes and through immigrant rights activism, to serving in the California Assembly and Senate.

To view “Our Time,” click here or on the clip below…

Senator de León spent the last ten years working in the California legislature. The first Latino Senate leader in over a century doubled down on lifting up hardworking families. Just last week, de Leon’s SB 100 became state law, committing California to 100% clean energy generation by 2045. Senator de León also authored and passed the first Sanctuary State law in the nation and the nation's strongest gun control laws.

Kevin de León doesn’t just resist the President – he passes policies that improve the quality of life for every single Californian, and he focuses on building the economy that will run strong for the generations to come.

*6,536 DAYS SINCE SEN. FEINSTEIN’S LAST DEBATE*

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DE LEÓN LAMENTS LEADERLESS SENATE DEMS IN KAVANAUGH HEARING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES – On the first day of Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, U.S. Senate Candidate Kevin de León released the following statement:

“As Judge Kavanaugh’s hearing began today, Senator Kamala Harris’ motion to adjourn the hearing sparked hope for me and all Americans who fear the damage Brett Kavanaugh could do to our hard-won civil and human rights. This was a moment of truth.

“But that hope turned to disappointment as I watched senior Ranking Committee Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) squander our moment, bowing to tradition and reading her opening statement – playing straight into the Republicans’ hands. Perhaps she has forgotten the constituents she has left behind in California.

"I understand Senate procedures better than most; I served as leader of the California Senate. If the Republicans want to jam through a nominee under a flawed and corrupt process, Democrats have every right to fight or refuse to participate. Other Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee did exactly what they should have. The blame lies squarely at the feet of their leader – if the senior, Ranking Member plays along as she did during the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, she will pave the Republicans an easy path to victory.

“So my disappointment has turned to outrage. Complicity and capitulation will not shield essential human rights from Donald Trump and the Republican enablers marauding on Capitol Hill. I would sooner walk out into the streets and protest with people we represent than remain in that Senate chamber where diplomatic bluster is worth less than the paper the members’ talking points are printed on. We deserve better because too much is at stake.”

 

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KEVIN DE LEÓN TAKES FEINSTEIN TO TASK FOR DODGING DEBATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 20, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES – U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León called on 26-year incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein to join him for at least three televised debates during a press conference Monday morning. The last time Senator Feinstein debated an opponent was 18 years ago. Earlier this year, Feinstein made a commitment to debating Senator de León in the general election. 

“On November 6, Californians from all corners of this massive and incredibly diverse state will elect their next U.S. Senator.” Kevin de León said.  “Voters may know Senator Feinstein’s name, but they don’t know her positions on the issues - so many of them, after all, have changed in recent months.  

“Make no mistake: a seat in the United States Senate is not an entitlement.  Here in California, we hold elections - not coronations. That’s why I’m calling on Senator Feinstein to join me for at least three televised debates between now and election-day."

 

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:

Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo added, “For the first time this century, Californians who haven’t heard their voice represented in the U.S. Senate have a real choice. Kevin de León is among the most accomplished state legislators in the nation, and he could become the first Latino from California to sit in the U.S. Senate. Senator Feinstein’s refusal to debate an opponent in nearly two decades isn’t just disrespectful to her constituents; it’s detrimental to our democracy.” 

Elsie Taylor, IHSS Home Care Provider and SEIU 2015 member added, “Those of us who have to work two, or even three jobs just to pay the bills deserve as many chances as possible to be informed about this race. The televised debates Senator de León is calling for may be the only chance hardworking Californians have to learn what’s at stake, and make an informed choice on November 6. If Senator Feinstein truly wants to represent her constituents in Washington, she should take this opportunity to tell us how she would do it.” 

Elizabeth Oramas Diaz, student at UC Davis and Former President of the Davis College Democrats added, “This November, many Californians will be voting for the very first time; Californians who have not seen Senator Feinstein on a debate stage in their lifetime.  We demand representatives who – like Kevin de León – make themselves accessible to us as their constituents.”

 

BACKGROUND

“The U.S. Senate isn’t the House of Lords. Senators don’t inherit their seats along with a lofty title… Dianne Feinstein must have missed that memo.” Press-Democrat Editorial Board, “Feinstein Ducks Debates in Senate Race.” 10/5/2012.

“Feinstein’s campaign cites scheduling conflicts... That excuse rings hollow. Somehow other incumbent senators are finding the time to debate. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) met for the first debate with his Republican challenger on July 21. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) proposed five debates with his Democratic challenger.  LA Times Editorial Board “Why Political Debates Still Matter.” 7/28/2018.

 

*6,509 DAYS SINCE SEN. FEINSTEIN’S LAST DEBATE*

 

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USE IT OR LOSE IT: DE LEÓN CALLS ON SEN. FEINSTEIN TO USE SENIORITY TO CONFIRM “NO” VOTES ON SCOTUS PICK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 8, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA - In May of 2006, Brett Kavanaugh was up for confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  On May 26th of that year, Senator Feinstein and eleven other Democrats surrendered to the Republican majority, voting “Yea” on cloture for Mr. Kavanaugh, opening the door to his confirmation by a full vote before the U.S. Senate.

Prior to Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006, the American Bar Association had downgraded his rating from “well qualified” to just “qualified.”  Senate Democrats who voted against allowing a full vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, including Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Barbara Boxer, said he was too partisan and lacked commensurate experience.  

Today, in the wake of recent reports that Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein plans to meet with Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh after the Senate’s summer recess, U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León released the following statement:

“Senate Democratic leadership is wasting its time demanding documents from Chuck Grassley instead of ‘No’ votes from its own caucus. It’s time for Senator Feinstein and Senator Schumer to stop playing polite, country-club politics with a Supreme Court nominee who represents one of the greatest threats to a woman’s right to choose in our lifetime.  

“California’s senior Senator made the grave mistake of opening the door for Kavanaugh’s confirmation once before. Given the mathematical challenge before us, and all that is at stake, we do not have the luxury of waging this fight from the sidelines. That’s why I’m calling on Senator Feinstein to leverage the power of her seniority to make sure Senate Democrats are committed to unanimously rejecting the President’s nominee.”

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AT HOME IN THE CALIFORNIA HEARTLAND: KEVIN DE LEÓN VISITS FRESNO COUNTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 30, 2018

CONTACTpress@kevindeleon.com

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – Early Tuesday morning, US Senate candidate Kevin de León will motor up the I-5 Freeway to spend a day in Fresno County. From water quality to economic sustainability, Senator de León will hear from local leaders and residents about the issues and challenges they face in their communities each day.  

 

Discussion: Fresno Environmental Justice Issues

WHERE: 1443 E. Central Ave., Fresno, CA 93725

WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 beginning at 11:15am

 

Lunch with Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability

WHERE: Leadership Counsel, 764 P St., Suite 12, Fresno, CA 93721

WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 beginning at 12:15pm 


Roundtable with Firebaugh Community Leaders
WHERE: Firebaugh Community Center, 1655 13th St., Firebaugh, CA 936222
WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 beginning at 3:00pm
*note: roundtable discussion followed by community drive-through with brief overview of local issues

 

Roundtable with Mendota Community Leaders
WHERE: Mendota Community Center, 295 Tuft St, Mendota, CA 93640
WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 beginning at 4:15pm

*note: roundtable discussion followed by community drive-through with brief overview of local issues

 

Kevin de León Hosts San Joaquin Town Hall
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Hall, 22001 W. Manning Ave, San Joaquin, CA 93630
WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, starting at 6:00pm
*Press RSVP to press@kevindeleon.com

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CALIFORNIA LABOR FEDERATION DOUBLES DOWN ON KEVIN DE LEÓN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 27, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – The California Labor Federation, representing 2.1 million union workers across the state, is going all-in for U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León.  After endorsing de León during the Primary, this week, California’s hardworking families re-endorsed Kevin for the General Election and rejected the incumbent senior Senator for the second time this year.  

“The California Labor Federation is pleased to endorse Kevin de León for U.S. Senate in the November General Election,” said Art Pulaski, executive secretary treasurer of the California Labor Federation. “At a time of an all-out assault on workers and workers’ rights from the White House and the Congress, we know we can count on Kevin de León to fight for good jobs, a $15 minimum wage, protecting immigrant workers and supporting the right to stand together in a union. We’ve seen Kevin in action. He has delivered in California and we know he will bring that same kind of fight to Washington DC.”

Last year, Senator de León was one of 12 state senators recognized by the California Labor Federation’s 2017 Force for Progress legislative scorecard, commending those in the state legislature who voted to support working people 100 percent of the time.

“I am humbled and honored to have the support of the California Labor Federation, comprised of millions of everyday working people across this great state who do extraordinary things,” de León said. “With the help of California’s working families, we will fight to refocus the priorities in Washington DC to align more closely with those here in California.”

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CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATS ENDORSE KEVIN DE LEÓN FOR US SENATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, July 14, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

OAKLAND, CA – Tonight, in a historic vote, the California Democratic Party endorsed State Senator Kevin de León for U.S. Senate over 25-year incumbent Dianne Feinstein.

65% of the California Democratic Party united behind bold leadership and endorsed State Senator Kevin de León, while only 7% voted for Senator Feinstein. Senator Kevin de León released the following statement:

“First, to the members of the California Democratic Party, this is your victory.

"Earning the endorsement of so many leaders and activists of the California Democratic Party isn’t just an honor and a privilege; today’s vote is a clear-eyed rejection of politics as usual in Washington, D.C. Through years of hard-won progress, we have proven to the world that California can forge a path for the rest of the nation.

“The nation’s most accomplished Democratic Party is leading the call for a new generation of leadership who will fight to advance a bold agenda. I have never been more committed to giving every Californian a real opportunity to succeed.

“We have presented Californians with the first real alternative to the worn-out Washington playbook in a quarter-century. As the California Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate, I renew my call for a debate.”

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