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February 13, 2016

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity Leader to Vie for Waxman Seat (Updated)

Updated 2:30 p.m. | Elan S. Carr, a veteran, Los Angeles County deputy district attorney and the head of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, will announce his bid Monday for the open California 33rd District seat, according to an email obtained by CQ Roll Call.

AEPi is a prominent, international Jewish fraternity, and Carr is currently the supreme master. With his announcement, Carr would likely become the first Republican to announce a bid for the seat of retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman in this solidly Democratic, Los Angeles-based district.

“With the retirement of legendary Congressman Henry A. Waxman, West Los Angeles faces an historic election for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Carr said in an email to the AEPi fraternity. “After consulting with a team of political professionals and reaching out to supporters, Dahlia and I have decided to enter that race.”

State Sen. Ted Lieu, who is also a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve, and former Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel, who ran for mayor in 2013, are the two Democrats currently looking to replace Waxman. With the top-two primary, two Democrats could advance to the general election in November.

Lieu received the pre-endorsement of the California Democratic Party on Feb. 8, while Greuel is supported by EMILY’s List, a group that seeks to boost women who support abortion rights into elected office.

Carr, who has ties to the Jewish community in the area, could seek to consolidate the Jewish vote in this district, which has one of the largest Jewish populations in the country.

Two independents, documentary filmmaker Brent Roske and author Marianne Williamson, announced their bids before Waxman’s retirement.

Businessman Bill Bloomfield, who spent millions of his personal fortune to challenge Waxman as an independent in 2012, has opted against running, according to the Los Angeles Times.

California’s 33rd District is rated a Safe Democrat contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. President Barack Obama carried the district with 61 percent in 2012.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated Elan S. Carr’s political party. He is a Republican.

  • Charles Wolf

    Replace Waxman with a frat boy prosecutor?
    Please rescind your retirement Henry.

  • Raeli Savitt

    He is a military veteran with the rank of Major in the US Army:

    Mr. Carr is a military officer and war veteran. He holds the rank of
    Major in the United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s (JAG)
    Corps, and spent nearly a year on military deployment in Iraq.

    During his tour in Iraq, Mr. Carr helped to lead a joint
    anti-terrorism team of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in
    anti-terrorism missions throughout Baghdad and much of the country.
    Then, as a Judge Advocate for Combined Joint Task Force Seven (CJTF-7),
    the Coalition’s military command for Iraq, he prosecuted insurgents who
    attacked Coalition forces. These prosecutions were conducted before
    Iraqi judges of the Central Criminal Court of Iraq, which marks the
    first time in history that a U.S. military lawyer litigated before an
    Arab tribunal. Mr. Carr was also part of the Coalition Provisional
    Authority’s efforts to establish an independent Iraqi judiciary, and he
    helped to train Iraqi judges and lawyers on topics such as
    constitutional law and criminal defense.

    While serving in Iraq, Mr. Carr conducted Jewish services in the
    former presidential palace of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. He was the
    first person to light a Hanukkiah in the presidential palace, for which
    he received wide media coverage.

  • CaliforniaRightToCarry

    Last August I had an exchange with Ted Lieu on Twitter in which he said “I did not support open carry ban b/c I believe it violated the Constitution.”

    I have a lawsuit seeking to overturn California’s 1967 ban on openly carrying loaded firearms as well as the two recently enacted bans on openly carry unloaded handguns (AB 144) and unloaded long guns (AB 1527) which were both signed into law by Gov. Brown.

    Ted Lieu went on to say “I wish you well. If the 9th circuit follows the 7th circuit, I believe AB 144 will be struck down. I found Judge Posner’s 7th Cir decision the most well-reasoned.”

    Judge Posner’s 7th Circuit decision in Moore v. Madigan struck down Illinois laws banning the carrying of loaded and unloaded firearms in public.

    I’ve asked Elan S. Carr what his position is. It will be interesting to see whether or not he is to the left of Ted Lieu.

  • Wise words …

    While those who understand freedom recognize that democratic methods tend to be aligned with liberty, those obsessed with their own selfish interests realize that democratic methods are susceptible to hijacking.

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