Doug LaMalfa--the North State GOP Congressional candidate (CA-01) who is still being ribbed in the national media for his mid-September claim that abortion causes breast cancer--is back with another good one.
Jenny Espino of the Redding Record-Searchlight reports that LaMalfa's campaign manager David Gilliard told her Mitt Romney was "right" to dismiss a vast swath of Americans as unworthy of GOP attention because they rely on government benefits. He admitted that Romney may have painted with "too broad a brush." How much too broad? Half, he said: half of those Romney referred to haven't "chosen" to receive benefits, but receive them "because of their circumstances." He went on, "Those are the people Republicans should be talking to for sure."
In other words, LaMalfa's campaign thinks about a quarter of us aren't worth listening to, and are freeloading off the government for no good reason.
(Disclosure: I work for the campaign of LaMalfa's Democratic opponent, Jim Reed. We could use your help.)
Interstingly, LaMalfa is the recipient of nearly $5 million in federal farm subsidies. He's evaded the $100-some thousand annual cap by splitting the farm into multiple holdings--held entirely by various members of his family.
Was that a choice? Or did circumstances force his hand?
The Record-Searchlight story is here (scroll down to the third item).
While LaMalfa's rhetoric divides the 1st District into a mooch class and a worth-talking-to class, Jim Reed has made preserving and protecting Medicare and Social Security a top issue in his campaign. Please, come get involved with our campaign by following @jimreed2012 or messaging me directly.