Andy Caldwell challenges Salud Carbajal for seat in Congress

August 14, 2019

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

Central Coast radio host and executive director of the Coalition for Labor, Agriculture and Business (COLAB), Andy Caldwell, has announced he will challenge incumbent Rep. Salud Carbajal for the District 24 congressional seat. [Cal Coast Times]

Caldwell, a government watchdog, said his top priority as a member of Congress would be to serve the country and his constituents, while putting politics aside.

Other priorities Caldwell listed include addressing poverty and joblessness by tackling overwrought government rules, regulations and taxes; managing habitat and maximizing flood control capacity; stopping “Medicare for all” in order to save Social Security and Medicare; securing the border while creating a robust guest worker program; reforming the Endangered Species Act; and defending the country against the Green New Deal.

Caldwell referred to Carbajal as a lifelong bureaucrat and career politician who has co-sponsored the Green New Deal, undermined border security and subverted the Constitution by pursuing impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Caldwell has served as a government watchdog, taxpayer and business advocate and defender of the Constitution and traditional values since 1991. Caldwell noted he has never had personal political ambitions, but he is driven to run for office by the need for a strong candidate to challenge Carbajal, whom he accuses of going along with a “socialist takeover of the Democratic Party.”

“Whereas I have never had any personal political ambitions, I am, nevertheless, going to answer that call!” Caldwell said in the email. “I am both afraid and deeply concerned at the direction our country is taking, thanks to the socialist takeover of the Democratic Party that I was once a member of!”

In his announcement, Caldwell also accuses Carbajal of wholeheartedly supporting the Democratic Party’s shift to the extreme left.

“Over the course of the past two years, on Salud Carbajal’s watch, we have witnessed a remarkably dramatic and rapidly escalating shift in the Democratic Party away from America loving to America shaming. Away from capitalism towards socialism, replete with profligate spending proposals that will bankrupt this country fiscally for sure, yet equally troubling, it will bankrupt our foundations by removing any incentive for independence, replacing it with government dependence.”

Moderates, independents and conservatives are interested in developing new priorities for the country and the Central Coast, Caldwell said. As focus has been placed on partisan bickering and gridlock related to the “24/7/365 anti-Trump agenda,” the Central Coast still has overlooked needs related to the threat of wildfires and debris flows; water shortages; traffic gridlock; and failing infrastructure.

District 24 consists of all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, as well as part of Ventura County. Carbajal defeated Republican challenger Justin Fareed in each of the last two elections, winning by a tally of 58.6 percent to 41.4 percent in 2018.


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OtisCampbell

No room for more Pompadours.


Niles Q

Anybody who’s got the cahones to run for Congress, I say right on man! Go for it.

I don’t hate Carbajal, I just think he’s a Lois Capps clone, a loyal soldier who votes the party line and serves in relative anonymity, next thing you know, 18 years have passed by.

I wish this dude Caldwell good luck, you’re going to need it.


Paso_citizen

Whether he is or is not better than Salud is a mute question. Until I see something much more concrete than his blather “addressing poverty and joblessness by tackling overwrought government rules, regulations and taxes; managing habitat and maximizing flood control capacity; stopping “Medicare for all” in order to save Social Security and Medicare; securing the border while creating a robust guest worker program; reforming the Endangered Species Act; and defending the country against the Green New Deal” A Seinfeld said “Yada. yada, yada.


If he wants my vote – very simply – make just one (1) promise and then stae very publicly that if I can not get that one (1) thing done – then I will state that I will not seek re-election. But no politician would ever say (and mean) that.


kayaknut

Andy Caldwell can’t be worse than Salud Carbajal can he? Carbajal has been a total disaster for the working middle class of his district.


Pete

Can you tell us why you feel this way?


kayaknut

Easy, Taxes and government spending. Carbajal has done nothing to stop either. Which end up costing the taxpayers more and more.


Pete

The Repos always drive our costs up more than the Dems. How about Bush’s two wars? How about all the tax reductions for the rich. How about the massive welfare for the rich (subsidies for the nuclear industry, oil etc). Trump latest giveaways to rich farmers to make up for the shortfall from his tariff war-all this comes out of our pockets. Our reduced health and safety costs us, due to reduced health and safety regulations- those cuts only benefit big business.


kayaknut

One word “Obamacare”


Mjd

Pete,


Salud favors open borders, amnesty for illegal aliens and sanctuary city policies.


Normal people DO NOT favor putting foreigners above Americans, and we certainly DO NOT want to pay for it.


Salud Carbajal is a mess, and his partisan politics have hurt working families, so he has to go.


Andy Caldwell for US Representative, 2020.