Constitutional Lawyer Mounts Challenge to Henry Waxman

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Zein Obagi leads fundraising among challengers after Santa Monica debate.

Representative Waxman assumes the seat is his by divine right but the other five of us on the podium disagree.

Reaction to last Thursday’s 33rd Congressional Election Debate held at Santa Monica College has been overwhelming for Conservative Democrat: Zein Obagi, whose fundraising has experienced a huge jump since dominating the panel of five. Many observers thought Obagi’s facile mind and comprehensive solutions gave him the commanding edge, and in reaction funds have been pouring into his campaign.

This bright young Constitutional Lawyer styles himself as a “New Millennium Democrat” and promises “True leadership for California.” In doing what, to some, may appear to be quixotic by going up against 18 term Henry Waxman; a “no-show” for Thursday’s debate, Obagi believes its time for the “Old Guard” to step aside. Several people who were interviewed felt that being a “no-show,” showed a certain arrogance, which Obagi thinks could be Waxman’s undoing and Obagi was quoted as saying; “Representative Waxman assumes the seat is his by divine right but the other five of us on the podium disagree.” Mr. Obagi appeared with fellow hopefuls: Steve Collett (Libertarian), Christopher David (Republican), Tim Pape (Democrat), and David Steinman (Green).

The Santa Monica College event was surprising in its vitality and load of information for the packed house; consisting of one-half students and one-half local residents. Also interesting was that most attendees stayed around for more than half an hour grilling their candidates on issues of the day. Among the last of those to leave was Zein Obagi whose principal issues are solutions for growth and employment within the district, protection from cyber attacks and an end to regulations that choke business development.

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