Over the weekend, a Los Angeles Democratic Club held the first debate between the candidates for US Senate. While Dianne Feinstein opted not to attend, Kevin De Leon, David Hildebrand, Allison Hartson, and Pat Harris all attended.
The debate started off with David Hildebrand questioning how candidates with Super-Pacs that accept unlimited donations from corporations and billionaires could claim to represent the people of California, a question obviously aimed at de León, who was the only candidate on stage with a Super PAC.
Kevin De Leon was on the defensive most of the night. In one tense moment, he was questioned on whether he had returned or donated funds from prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck. He could not answer the question, even after asking his staff.
Ed Buck is under investigation after the body of Gemmel Moore was found in his West Hollywood apartment. Moore was found to have died from an overdose of methamphetamine, which was injected into his body.
After the debate, the Feel the Bern Democratic Club of Los Angeles voted through ranked-choice voting. Hildebrand took the endorsement with a final vote of 22 out of 32.
Hildebrand, a registered Democrat said, "I am honored to receive the endorsement of Feel the Bern LA, and will continue to fight alongside the club as allies pushing Progressive issues to the forefront of the political debate."
Hildebrand has already traveled much of the state, and will be in Northern California this weekend.
Unlike many Demorats, he opposes Jerry Brown's Water Fix Project, which as he puts it, "would be an unmitigated environmental and financial disaster that doesn't create a single drop of new water for the state." Hildebrand also supports the call for an audit of the California high-speed rail system.
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