There are so many critical elections this November, many are getting lost in the avalanche of political campaigning. But Republican Rep. Dan Lungren’s race requires attention, as these CREDO volunteers know. Lungren is running for his 10th term in the 7th Congressional District against Democrat Ami Bera. Political prognosticators call it a toss-up, with even conservative Election Projections giving Lungren only a 0.4% lead. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has targeted this seat to take back Congress, now linking Lungren to fringe Republican Todd “legitimate rape” Akin:
Updated: Oct 03, 2012
Lungren sponsored a bill which would change the definition of rape and even roll back protections for victims. Lungren is so extreme he wants to take away a woman’s right to choose, even in cases of rape and incest. He proposed a Constitutional Amendment five different times to make all abortions against the law.
Lungren Sponsored Bill to Redefine Rape. On January 1, 2011 Congressman Lungren sponsored a bill to redefine rape with Congressman Akin. [HR 3 Co-Sponsors, 112th Congress, 2/8/11]
The progressive group CREDO SuperPAC is on the ground, working to defeat Lungren, whom they describe as “California’s Rick Santorum:”
For more than 30 years, Dan Lungren has stood for Tea Party extremism and radical assaults on equality. When the Obama Administration refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, Dan Lungren was happy to sink $1.5 million of our tax dollars into a contract with a former Bush Administration official to uphold this discriminatory law. But denying equal rights to lesbian and gay couples is about the only thing Lungren wants to fund. He voted for the Ryan budget to slash social services and end Medicare as we know it. He voted to defund Planned Parenthood, cut Pell Grants for one third of University of California undergraduates, cut $125 million from K-12 education in California, and eliminate Headstart funding for 14,000 low income children in his district. His position on women’s issues are even more extreme: Lungren has sponsored legislation that would have outlawed abortion even in cases of rape and incest, and is so anti-woman that he called the Obama Administration’s new regulations on no-cost birth control an “assault” on the First Amendment.
CREDO SuperPAC’s latest email is soliciting a pledge from voters to “Tell Dan Lungren: Shame on you for gutting protections for victims of domestic abuse.”
Full disclosure: the email below was sent by Mark Hefflinger, a young gay friend who was of significant help in getting LGBT POV launched. (This photo is of Mark at the LGBT Caucus at Netroots Nation.) I was impressed when he pulled up stakes in Los Angeles and moved up north to take this job with CREDO SuperPAC to specifically work on the “take down” of Dan Lungren. Here’s his latest email about Lungren’s disdain for women:
Who goes on a two month vacation without making sure victims of domestic violence are fully protected?
Earlier this year, Dan Lungren and House Republicans voted to block the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
And then Lungren shamelessly joined fellow extremist Tea Party Republicans in voting for a sham bill which they misleadingly called the “Violence Against Women Act,” but which actually guts current protections for victims of domestic abuse.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we need to speak out to send a clear message to Tea Party extremists like Lungren that passing a real Violence Against Women Act needs to be a priority when Congress reconvenes.
The purpose of this charade was to muddy the waters on the substance of their position, and by confusing people, to appear to care about women.
It was reprehensible that Dan Lungren joined with the Tea Party majority in Congress and voted against considering renewal of the real Violence Against Women Act, an incredibly popular, successful, and (until now) bipartisan bill that has reduced domestic violence rates by 58% since it was first passed in 1994.
In fact the last time the program was reauthorized, it passed nearly unanimously through both the House and the Senate.
But the political climate in Washington, DC is much different now than it was just a few years ago, and Republicans are voting in lockstep with the Tea Party instead of standing up for their constituents on key bills like the Violence Against Women Act.
Still it’s astonishing that after an incredible backlash from appalled constituents, Dan Lungren and other Republicans thought they could hoodwink people by voting for a sham version of the bill.
Lungren needs to know we will not be fooled by his vote for the fake VAWA. At a moment like this, we need to make sure our elected representatives, no matter how hostile to women’s health and women’s rights, know we are going to hold them accountable for their shameful votes.
And we need to make sure that protecting domestic violence victims and passing the real Violence Against Women Act is a priority in November.
Tell Dan Lungren: Shame on you for gutting protections for victims of domestic abuse and for continuing to play politics with women’s lives. Click the link below to sign the petition: http://www.takedownlungren.com/support_real_vawa
Thank you for standing up for women.
New Media Director
CREDO SuperPAC’s Take Down Dan Lungren campaign