Greg Raths

Elect Greg Raths to represent the 45th congressional district

The race for the 45th congressional district in South Orange County reveals the county’s remarkable shift away from the Republican Party. The district had been a GOP stronghold, but Democratic consumer attorney Katie Porter won a three-point victory in 2018’s blue-wave election. Most analysts now rate this as a Democratic-leaning seat.

Porter deserves a large share of credit for the Democratic successes in this closely divided district. She has quickly garnered a national reputation as a crusader for progressive causes. If fund-raising is a sign of success, her $8 million war chest reportedly is more than 10 times larger than that of her opponent, Mission Viejo City Councilman Greg Raths.

Porter has run on policies that include fighting corporate interests, “Medicare for All,” “common sense” gun control and backing Planned Parenthood. During a speech last year, Porter said she won “because we grew the base of voters who share our values – not because we tried to talk Republicans into embracing us just long enough to cast a ballot.”

During an interview, she impressed us with her knowledge and focus. Her progressive vision, however, is not one that we share – even though we appreciate some of her jabs at our dysfunctional Congress and her admirable efforts to ask tough questions of federal officials.

Raths, a Republican, is lower-profile candidate who pointed mainly to his nuts-and-bolts successes managing his city’s budget, providing top-notch public services and advocating policies that help military veterans. He has pledged to work across the aisle with House Democrats, but complained about the excessive partisanship in that chamber.
On national issues, Raths has campaigned on a traditionally Republican platform of cutting taxes, reining in regulations, and addressing the nation’s debt.

We admire Porter’s success and principled approach, but Raths’ policy positions more closely reflect our limited-government views and those of the district’s voters. We endorse Greg Raths for Congress.

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By THE EDITORIAL BOARD | The Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: October 2, 2020 at 6:55 a.m. | UPDATED: October 13, 2020 at 11:40 a.m.