Fareed skips debate for football game

November 17, 2015
Justin Fareed

Justin Fareed

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

A young Republican congressional candidate skipped a debate hosted by the Santa Barbara County Young Republicans last month in order to attend his alma mater’s college football game. The move has prompted a dispute between the Young Republicans and Justin Fareed’s campaign.

Fareed, 27, is one of three Republican candidates running for the 24th Congressional District seat, which Rep. Lois Capps is vacating. Candidates in the race include Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (Rep.), Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal (Dem.) and Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider (Dem.). The top two finishers in the primary, regardless of party affiliation, will advance to the general election.

On Oct. 22, a debate occurred between Republican candidates Achadjian and San Luis Obispo businessman Matt Kokkonen. A member of Fareed’s campaign attended on his behalf and issued a brief statement, reportedly saying a family matter caused the absence.

Fareed’s campaign and supporters have given differing accounts of why he did not attend the debate. They all agree, though, that Fareed attended a football game between UCLA and UC Berkeley at the same time as the debate.

Fareed stated in a radio interview he attended the game. Fareed is an alum of UCLA, and he played on the university’s football team.

“I was just down at the UCLA game against Cal, and we looked pretty good out there,” Fareed said on The Before You Go Pro Locker Room radio show.

Robert Mercado, leader of the Young Republicans, said Fareed initially committed to participating in the forum and knew it was a debate.

“He told us he would show,” Mercado said. “He said it was a debate.”

Mercado said Fareed later called and backed out.

“About a week and a half before the debate, he called and expressed he would not be able to attend because of a family matter,” Mercado said, adding that Fareed had agreed to attend the debate months earlier.

In the aftermath of the debate, Kayla Berube, Fareed’s campaign manager, issued a statement saying the candidate could not attend because he had several previous commitments.

“Among them that evening was the football game at UCLA, Justin’s alma mater,” Berube stated.

Berube said the campaign informed the organizers of the debate well in advance that Fareed would not be in attendance. At the debate, Berube reportedly said Fareed backed out two months in advance.

That comment prompted a member of the audience who was upset over Fareed’s absence to interrupt the debate and ask the organizers when the candidate pulled out. An organizer stated Fareed was confirmed as coming two months in advance and backed out a week and a half prior to the debate, according to an audio recording of the debate.

When asked to specify when Fareed notified the organizers and why he canceled, Berube responded Monday with a statement about last week’s terror attacks in Paris and the United States’ commitment to accepting Syrian refugees.

“Until the Obama Administration can provide 100 percent assurance they are not members of ISIS or sympathizers of their terrorist acts, no additional Syrian refugees should be admitted into the United States.”

Fareed is currently mounting his second run for congress. In 2014, he finished third in the primary, narrowly losing to Chris Mitchum in the race to challenge Lois Capps.

Mitchum received 15.8 percent of the vote in the 2014 primary. Fareed received 15.3 percent.

Earlier this year, Fareed picked up an endorsement from U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Berube says Fareed will welcome invitations to future debates.

“Over the coming months, we welcome any invitations to open, public debates will all of the candidates, giving Justin the opportunity to discuss the important issues facing the Central Coast and our nation,” Berube stated. “Voters are tired of career politicians who care more about their next election than the next generation.”

Fareed currently works as vice president of Pro Brand Sports Industries, a manufacturer of sports medical devices. He has also served on the UCLA football coaching staff since his graduation.

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Rambunctious

Are you people serious? I say good for him. He’s a Republican. Republicans can’t win elections with this corrupted electoral process we have in this state. California is a one party state and that is exactly what the democrats want for the whole nation. I hope he had a good time and hope his team won. Missed a debate? Please!


womanwhohasbeenthere

How many people showed up for the debate besides staff and family and friends of candidates?


kayaknut

It is several months before the election and I am informing Mr. Fareed that I will be unable to attend the election and vote for him, I have a family matter to attend to.


MaryMalone

Oh, for heaven’s sake, this Fareed fool must think his intended constituents are not only stupid, but don’t have calendars.


QUOTING THE ARTICLE: “An organizer stated Fareed was confirmed as coming two months in advance and backed out a week and a half prior to the debate, according to an audio recording of the debate.”


When asked to specify when Fareed notified the organizers and why he canceled, Ferube responded Monday with a statement about last week’s terror attacks in Paris and the United States’ commitment to accepting Syrian refugees.”


REALITY CHECK: The Paris attacks occurred on Friday, 13 Nov 2015, four days ago. Unless Fareed is going to next tell us he has psychic abilities to predict the future, he could not possibly have pulled out of the debate 1-1/2 weeks before the Paris attacks.


The debate occurred on 22 Oct 2015. The attacks on Paris occurred on Friday 13 Nov 2015, 23 DAYS AFTER THE DEBATE OCCURRED.


“a week and a half” before the debate (when Fareed’s campaign claimed he had backed out from the debate) would have been around 16 Oct 2015.


SUMMARY: The Paris attacks occurred on 13 Nov 2015, and the date his campaign staff said he backed out of the debate was 1.5 weeks before the debate, or around 16 Oct 2015…29 days before the Paris attacks occurred.


Therefore, his excuse for bailing on the debate (because of the Paris attacks) cannot be valid because the Paris attacks occurred 29 days AFTER the debate occurred.


MaryMalone

And then there is Fareed’s inability to stand up and be a man, and accept his own responsibility for missing the Oct 22 debate


***Fareed attempted to pimp the Paris attacks by using the attacks as an excuse for not appearing at a debate, the even though the attacks did not occur until 23 days after the debate occurred.


***Fareed also attempted to pass the blame–for his own failure to appear at a debate– onto President Obama, claiming the reason he bailed from the debate was because of the Paris attacks…which, again, occurred 23 days after the Oct 22 debate occurred.


Jorge Estrada

I’m beginning to think that he made a good move. Maybe he is loyal and chose to support his team knowing that there will be other talk shows. If he prefers teamwork, well practiced preformers and the final score, he’s got my vote.


MaryMalone

Are you kidding me? He pimped the Paris attacks as an excuse for not attending the debate he promised to attend…even though the Paris attacks happened 23 days BEFORE the Oct 22 debate occurred.


How gullible are you?


Apparently, Fareed thinks you, and his other supporters, are incredibly gullible….or don’t have a calendar.


aft50s

Piss off Justin, if attending a debate you had committed to attend is not more important than a football game, then my vote must not be important to you either.


Quit now and save face and the cost of the ink to print your name on the ballot.


MaryMalone

QUOTING ARTICLE: “Earlier this year, Fareed picked up an endorsement from U.S. Sen. John McCain.”


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Reality Check: McCain chose Sara Palin to be his vice-president candidate, so lets not put to much faith in McCain’s ability to choose wisely when it comes to endorsements of candidates.


Pelican1

Seriously? There really is life beyond politics?? How refreshing.


HarryMalone

All the people who contributed to his campaign should get their money back if he is not a serious candidate.