Riverside County, Ca.,- Congressman Raul Ruiz has raised more money than his opponent for his bid for reelection for California’s 36th Congressional District. Winning the 2012 election to defeat Mary Bono-Mack in an upset victory handing her the first defeat of her 14 year political career, Ruiz intends to hold on to his seat as a Democrat in a largely Republican territory
As of March 31, 2014, Ruiz has raised $1,936,491, spent $471,143 and shows a cash on hand balance of $1,516,642. To see the list of his largest contributors, follow this>link.
While Congressman Paul Cook was hobnobbing with 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos at the private gathering of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms, Congressman Ruiz attended our local “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” event held at the Yucca Valley Community Center, as did Assembly Candidate Karalee Hargrove. Yucca Valley Councilmen George Huntington left this event early without hearing the Congressman address the local veterans.
Yucca Valley Councilman Bob Leone was recognized by WWII Veteran Carl Gorham, the organizer and author of the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” bill, and stayed for the duration of this event.
The local newspaper reported on this well attended event but did NOT mention one word about Congressman Ruiz in attendance. Ruiz connected with our local veterans on their health issues and concerns and offered any help if they run into a wall, without regard to where they lived or which district they are in.
Ruiz medical background translated very well to understand the medical concerns of these vets and the need for a local care facility to handle basic tests and lab work to avoid driving the 130 mile round-trip to the VA facility in Loma Linda. Gorham stated it was his goal to make sure all these vets were taken off the road for their own safety and that of others, referring to the pain and suffering ailments requiring high pain medication dosage. Others in the audience laughed when someone yelled out…”Don’t forget about road rage too!” Leone echoed this was also a concern of his and would evaluate some of the empty buildings in Yucca Valley as a potential site. See companion photo essay post “Welcome Home Vietnam Vets 2014.”>link
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