Representative Jim Costa has consistently voted against progressives in a liberal seat. President Barack Obama won CA-16 with 59% of the vote in 2012, and it’s time to have a real progressive representing the people of California’s 16th congressional district.
A Few Reasons to Primary:
- In 2007, Rep. Costa voted for the Orwellian “Protect America Act of 2007” that was panned by the ACLU and other civil liberties groups
- In 2008, Rep. Costa voted to expand government wiretapping authority once again with the Fisa Amendments Act of 2008
- In 2008, Rep. Costa voted against the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill – our best shot at addressing climate change in the Obama era
- In 2010, Rep. Costa voted against setting a withdrawal timeline for the war in Afghanistan.
- In 2011, Rep. Costa voted against the House Progressive Caucus’s People’s Budget.
- In 2013, Rep. Costa voted to exempt private equity fund advisers from the Investment Advisers Act of 1940
- In 2013, Rep. Costa voted for a House Republican bill that would have required health insurers to keep offering poor quality mini-med plans
- In 2013, Rep. Costa voted with House Republicans to preempt federal regulations of natural gas fracking
- In 2014, Rep. Costa voted with House Republicans to relax IRS scrutiny of dark money SuperPAC groups
Know a progressive candidate in CA-16 who we should draft to replace Representative Costa? Suggest one here.
We also need to keep in mind that California has the horrible “top-two” primary system, so remember that only one Democrat may challenge Mr. Costa — or else Democrats could risk losing this seat.