FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rachel A. Estrada
Candidate Forum Showcases Brownley’s Commitment to Ventura County
Camarillo, CA- Tonight, Congresswoman Julia Brownley attended a candidate forum at Leisure Village to debate both local and national issues with her opponent, Jeff Gorell—a former oil lobbyist and current Republican candidate for California’s 26th Congressional District.
Addressing the crowd of seniors and retired Leisure Village residents, Brownley and Gorell discussed a wide range of topics, including Social Security and Medicare. Brownley has a strong record of standing up for the Medicare guarantee and fighting to protect Social Security. In contrast, Gorell’s campaign is supported by the extreme Republican leadership, including Rep. Paul Ryan, the author of the Ryan Budget, which seeks to fundamentally replace Medicare and Social Security with a plan to increase the Medicare eligibility age and turn it into a voucher program.
“Throughout his career, Gorell has put special interests ahead of Ventura County and his campaign is being supported by Republican extremists who seek to balance the budget off the backs of seniors, women, and middle class families,” said Jacob Dusseau, Brownley campaign manager.
“The contrast between the candidates could not have been more clear at tonight’s forum. Julia Brownley has a record of fighting for seniors, veterans, women and families while former lobbyist Jeff Gorell will represent special interests over Ventura County’s values.”
Republican Leaders Support Gorell
Gorell is a member of Rep. Paul Ryan’s Young Guns Progam, which was founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), to supports and mentors challenger and open-seat candidates in races across the country. http://www.jeffgorell.org/jeff-gorell-advances-to-contender/
THE RYAN BUDGET
House Majority Leader McCarthy Has Voted For Every Budget Authored By Current House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan That Has Been Brought To A Vote In The House While He Has Been A Congressman. McCarthy voted for Ryan’s budget resolutions in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. [House Vote 211, 3/29/07; House Vote 140, 3/13/08; House Vote 191, 4/2/09; House Vote 277, 4/15/11; House Vote 151, 3/29/12; House Vote 88, 3/21/13; House Vote 177, 4/10/14]
In 2011 and 2012, NRCC Chairman Rep. Walden voted for the Ryan budgets that would end Medicare. In 2011, the bill passed 235-193. [H Con Res 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11]. In 2012, the bill passed 228-191. [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12]