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February 8, 2016

Mimi Walters on Jungle Primaries and Orange County Stereotypes | The Candidate #CA45

Walters is running for Congress in California's 45th District. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Every year, scores of congressional candidates visit the CQ Roll Call offices to meet with reporters and Contributing Editor Stuart Rothenberg. This feature, “The Candidate,” will ask these congressional hopefuls five questions about their campaigns. Responses and questions have been edited and condensed.

The candidate: Republican state Sen. Mimi Walters.
The member: Retiring Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif.
The race: Located in Orange County, Calif., the 45th District is a safe Republican seat. Walters is running against two announced Republican candidates: Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach and Col. Greg Raths.
The candidate’s team: David Gilliard, Gilliard Blanning & Associates (lead consultant); Anne Dunsmore, Capital Campaigns (fundraising).

1. You come from arguably one of the most beautiful areas in the country. Why leave Orange County behind for Washington, D.C.?

I feel very blessed to have grown up in Orange County, and I want to be able to help make sure that Orange County stays a great place to raise your kids.

2. Have you met with any of the female Republican members of Congress as you weighed running? Would you want to mentor other women in the Republican Party thinking of running for office?

I have talked to several of them on the telephone and we are meeting with the Women’s Caucus, and they’ve all said to me that if I need any help please feel free to call them. I just think it’s a great time for me to run. In fact, as a state senator in California, I’ve tried to mentor young women in California, Republican women, and have tried to help build a bench to get women to run and get into political office. I plan to do the same as a member of Congress.

3. How much will you need to raise for this race?

My goal is to raise a couple million dollars overall. It’s a pretty big goal, but I am going to try my best. If a very wealthy person gets in the race, it’s obviously going to cost more money. I don’t plan to self-fund, I’m a very hard worker and I believe I can raise the money.

4. What do you think about California’s top-two primary system?

We have been through one cycle, so we are still trying to figure it out. I preferred Republicans voting for Republicans in the primary, and Democrats voting for Democrats in the primary.

5. Is reality as strange as the fiction that’s portrayed on television about Orange County?

I hate those Orange County shows! Perception is not reality in Orange County.

Correction: 12:58 p.m., Aug. 1

An earlier version of this post gave an incorrect title for John Moorlach. He is the Orange County supervisor.

  • Rick D.

    John Moorlach is an Orange County Supervisor, not Mayor of Irvine

  • Robert Curtis

    It is my hope that Mimi and the other candidates will address the unjust issue of the sex offender registry. It violates the US Constitution as well as the Gospel of Christ. What is her stand for a tiered sex offender registry in California is only one of 4 states that doesn’t have one? The Adam Walsh Act is a horrible failure and does more harm than good. How is she going to address this evil form of LIVING DEATH? The registry doesn’t give any place for redemption. Jesus forgave a woman (sex offender sentenced to death) caught in the act adultery. The Registered sex offenders in our society (unlike that woman) have paid their debts to society after finishing probation, therapy and time served. The LIVING DEATH (sex offender registry) is a forever punishment by punitive measures being constantly added to it without end in sight. How will Mimi address such issues? What is the ending point of punishment for these citizen some of which are children themselves as young as 9? If someone is so bad they must be put on an online hit-list why are they amongst us? Why do we need a registry when we have probation and parole departments? Shouldn’t a registry only exist for those on anti-psychotic drugs? A medical registry would be of a different nature than the online hit-list (Sex Offender Registry) we have now. We have missed the real target and that target is the dangerously mental ill. Those like my 30 year old son Noah. Rick Warren’s son Matthew could have used treatment as much as my own son Noah Christopher. Over 25% of those incarcerated have mental illness. Many are there because of sex crimes brought on by mental illness. There is a 1.9% recidivism rate for registered sex offenders (according to the DOJ latest report). That is extremely low! But of those that have re-offended I wonder how many were mentally ill and living somewhere outside of reality? Here’s a big issue if you dare take it. TRUTH

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