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By Nadin Abbott

May 19, 2012 (Lakeside)—The East County Cailfornia Republican Assembly  and the Lakeside Tea Party sponsored a joint event tonight at the Veterans for Foreign Wars post in Lakeside. The event had three Congressional candidates for three different districts, the 50th, 52nd, and 53rd.

Kirk Jorgensen, a Republican, is running in the 52nd district primary against Carl DeMaio, (R ) and Scott Peters (D). He told the audience that the 52nd is a swing district—one of the few House districts considered competitive this year. He stated that DeMaio (who is gay) would change the family values of the Republican party into something that will not be recognized to modern-day Republicans.  DeMaio, however, has received the endorsement of the Republican Party of San Diego.

Jorgensen emphasized that Congress is not “about pot holes and pensions,” but about serious issues. He emphasized that he is both a retired military officer and also a retired CIA officer. He pledged, “I will only run for three terms, and then I am done with politics.” 

He told the crowd that “there are things that both parties agree on,” such as removing some of the “onerous regulations” in the government.

But he also seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act and eliminate the Department of Education. He told the crowd, that “Jimmy Carter created the Department of Education, Reagan tried to repeal it, and George W Bush doubled on it with no child left behind.”

He voiced his view that mathematically speaking, there is no way for former Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take back the House, thus he believes it is time for Republicans to stop using the Democrats as a foil, since Republicans control the House.

He received endorsements from the event’s sponsoring groups as well as from Congressman Duncan D. Hunter and his father, the former Congressman Hunter. Jorgensen accused the media of having a virtual silence on his campaign.

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Joel Marchese (R ) is running against Susan Davis (D)  in the 53rd district. He said that his children “are the reason I am running for Congress.” He indicated that he has been a teacher all his professional life.

“We have very serious issues,” he remarked, citing a runaway deficit, stagnant economy and a lack of job opportunities. “We can do better, but we need to do it with conservative leadership,” he maintained.

He supports low taxes and supporting small businesses.  As for education, he said that there are 25% of adults in the State of California who did not have a GED, or high school diploma, and that he supports trade schools.

When asked about his supports for unions, he said that they have a place but that he does not agree with unions taking advantage of local, state and federal governments. On immigration, he said we cannot a thing about reforming the laws until the border is under control.

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Finally Mike Benoit, a Libertarian, made the shortest presentation of the group. He is running against Duncan D. Hunter  (R ) He asked people to vote for him in the primary order to keep the Democrat (James Kimber) out of the race in the fall general election. Under the new primary rules in the state, only the top two candidates move on to the general election, regardless of their parties.

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