LA Times: Democrats hoping to succeed Rep. Waxman square off in Pacific Palisades

Henry Waxman

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) takes phone calls in his Washington office after his Jan. 30 announcement that he would not seek another term. (Associated Press / January 30, 2014)

The endorsement came after a club-sponsored forum featuring four of the 10 Democrats on the June 3 primary ballot to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills).

Club officials said they believed the forum would be more helpful to members if it included only the most viable contenders in their party. They did not want to dilute the two-hour session by spreading it too thinly over a large field that included some with little or no chance of winning the seat that Waxman has held for four decades.

Those who met the club’s criterion — demonstrating that they had at least $200,000 in their campaign coffers by April 8 — were Lieu, former Los Angeles city controller and councilwoman Wendy Greuel, journalist and radio talk show host Matt Miller and defense attorney David Kanuth.

Not surprisingly, the four candidates displayed similar views on most issues: Protect the environment, improve public education, boost the minimum wage and take other steps to ease the income diversity between the rich and the poor.  

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