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February 8, 2016

Ron Paul Endorses in Competitive California House Race

Paul is supporting a candidate in California. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas Republican who sparked a libertarian movement that has rankled the GOP, has thrown his support behind a House candidate in California.

Paul endorsed former Capitol Hill aide Igor Birman in the 7th District, according to a letter shared first with CQ Roll Call.

Birman, who served as chief of staff to Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., is one of three Republicans seeking to oust freshman Rep. Ami Bera, a Democrat, from this competitive, Sacramento-based House district.

“Igor Birman has seen first hand what happens when the government takes control of every aspect of your life,” Paul said in the endorsement letter, referring to Birman’s childhood in the Soviet Union before he and his family immigrated to the United States. “That experience will make him a valuable member of the House of Representatives and a leader for smaller government and more personal liberties.”

Birman, whose candidacy is backed by tea party-aligned groups such as FreedomWorks, faces former Rep. Doug Ose and businesswoman Elizabeth Emken, as well as Bera, in a top-two primary on June 3.

The top two vote recipients advance to the general in this competitive district, which President Barack Obama carried by a 4-point margin in 2012.

Privately, some GOP operatives argue that Ose’s business-friendly background make him the Republican best suited to take on Bera in November.

The Birman-Ose match-up marks one of the cycle’s top contests that pits tea party activists against business groups in the struggle to influence the direction of the House GOP caucus.

California’s 7th District is rated a Leans Democratic contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Roger Tyson

    I think my paper shredder may be Libertarian!

  • terjeanderson

    Ron Paul won all of 9% in this district in the 2012 Republican primary.

  • bzbillzack1

    A Texas Repubican politician said something that went like this, “Opportunity should be defined by how big the dream”! I think I know what it means but I’m not 100% sure!
    Maybe it means “I dreamed I rode the streetcar in my Maidenform Bra”!
    The Lone Haranguer

  • Bundle Up

    If certain attributes somehow entitle a person to a position or wage, then liberty does not exist because someone else has been empowered to position them via subjective judgment.

  • Hitched

    Our infinite variation includes the unique traits within us that lead to our own personality, specific tastes, and individual worth.

  • EdKulzer

    OK, CQ; what’s with the “Honka honka” still grab?

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