This board supports Congressman Henry Waxman for re-election. Though his case for a 36th straight year in the House of Representatives isn’t the strongest, his opponent is too flawed to jump into the fray in Washington, D.C.
Independent challenger Bill Bloomfield has attacked Waxman on hot-button topics, such as campaign finances and Waxman’s contribution to the national debt as a long-standing representative.
His campaign tilts more anti-Waxman than pro-Bloomfield, while maintaining that he will be a moderate voice in the House.
But Bloomfield has failed to lay out concrete plans for governing. The Santa Monica-based businessman seems too concerned with quickly fixing what he calls a “broken” Congress than effectively advocating for local constituents on the federal level.
We know where Waxman stands on all the issues. As a representative, he helped push the Affordable Care Act through during his most recent term. In the past he’s fought to maintain Pell Grants for higher education. Along with President Barack Obama, who also gets this board’s endorsement, Waxman has proven that he will support policies addressing the needs of students.
Given his strong track record representing various parts of Los Angeles County during his long run in the House, we expect that to continue during another term.