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The blue Muslim wave: American Muslims launch political campaigns, hope to deliver ‘sweet justice’ to Trump

“The rise of Muslim candidates coincides with the growth of the predominantly immigrant population and a partisan shift that has played out over a generation. In a 2001 Zogby poll of American Muslims, 42 percent said they voted for Republican George W. Bush in the previous year’s presidential election, while 31 percent said they voted for Democrat Al Gore. By last year, just 8 percent of voting American Muslims in a Pew poll said they voted for Trump, while 78 percent said they voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-blue-muslim-wave-american-muslims-launch-political-campaigns-hope-to-deliver-sweet-justice-to-trump/2018/04/15/a8794a9c-31cc-11e8-8abc-22a366b72f2d_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.03b1d1ff204c

 

 

Kia Statement of John Bolton Appointment

For Immediate Release                                                         Contact: Luke Quandt
March 26th, 2018                                                                  Email: luke@kiafororangecounty.com

Congressional Candidate Kia Hamadanchy Statement on the Appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor

IRVINE, CA—Congressional Candidate Kia Hamadanchy, running in California’s 45th Congressional District, released a statement on the appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor.

“The man responsible for one of the worst foreign policy decisions in US history is now that National Security Advisor for the President of the United States. John Bolton was the architect of the decision to go to war in Iraq and in helping to mislead the public as to the existence of weapons of mass destruction.

Bolton has spent his entire career advocating for war with Iran and has repeatedly made the case for a first strike on North Korea. Bolton also has close ties to the Mujahideen-e Khalq, a cult-like terrorist organization. None of this even begins to scratch the surface of just how terrifying Bolton’s appointment is, and the amount of irreparable harm Bolton could accomplish globally is incalculable.

Donald Trump appears to have fired both H.R. McMaster and Rex Tillerson because they questioned the President’s worst impulses. Both rightly made it clear time and time again that it would be foolish to withdraw from the Iran Deal. John Bolton likely got the NSA job because Donald Trump saw him on Fox News so often saying exactly what the president wanted to hear.

The appointment of John Bolton and the nomination of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State makes it clear Donald Trump is likely to withdraw from the Iran Deal on May 12th. The President does not care about the disastrous consequences of withdrawing from this agreement. My greatest fear is that we are seeing a replay of the run up to the Iraq War– a mistaken trillion-dollar war that Donald Trump ran against which cost an untold number of lives and for which we are still paying a heavy price.

Donald Trump’s appointment of John Bolton – someone who is unrepentant in his support for the Iraq War – makes clear there is no difference between the foreign policy of Donald Trump and that of Dick Cheney. The appointment of someone as extreme and reckless as Bolton has exponentially increased the risk of war with both Iran and North Korea. John Bolton as National Security Advisor is terrifying, and a complete and utter disaster for the United States, the Middle East, and the entire world.”

 

Kia Hamadanchy was born and raised in Irvine, California, the son of Iranian immigrants. A graduate of Northwood High, Hamadanchy received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Michigan before serving as legal counsel to US Senators Tom Harkin (IA) and Sherrod Brown (OH).

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Kia Statement on the Protests in Iran

For Immediate Release                                                               CONTACT: Luke Quandt
January 11, 2018                                                                        luke@kiafororangecounty.com www.kiafororangecounty.com

 

Congressional Candidate Kia Hamadanchy Statement on the Protests in Iran

 

IRVINE, CA—Congressional Candidate Kia Hamadanchy, running in California’s 45th Congressional District, released a statement on the protests in Iran.

“The Iranian people deserve to have a future of their own making and should be free to determine the direction they want their country to go. These protests embody the legitimate economic and political grievances of the people of Iran. The ruling regime beset by corruption has badly mismanaged the country’s economy, continuing to line their own pockets at a time when inflation, unemployment, and economic inequality are at dangerously high levels. We don’t know what will come of these protests or where they will lead, but it is the Iranian people and no one else who deserve the right to decide their own future.

I condemn any and all acts of violence and violations of human rights in the strongest possible terms. According to reports, there have been at least 21 deaths and more than 3,700 arrests, and we should always recognize that this is a regime with an appalling human rights record.

Donald Trump and Mimi Walters have both said that they stand in solidarity with the Iranian people – nothing could be further from the truth. If they really did care about the Iranian people, they would not be actively trying to ban them from coming to the United States. I also do not believe that individuals who have spent decades advocating for a policy of regime change and for war with Iran truly care about the Iranian people.

As an Iranian-American whose family has been directly impacted by the Muslim ban, the solidarity of Donald Trump and Mimi Walters rings hollow. No one knows more about the repression of the Iranian government than Iranian Americans. Many have experienced it first hand and want genuine solidarity and support for human rights. What they do not want is a war and sanctions that punish ordinary everyday Iranians.

On January 12th, Donald Trump faces a critical decision as to whether to renew the waivers of the sanctions as agreed upon in the nuclear deal. Failing to renew these waivers would lead to the collapse of the nuclear deal and will put us back on the path to war. The last thing the United States needs is another trillion-dollar war that will serve only to exacerbate the instability in the region. That is why I urge Mimi Walters to stand for a sensible foreign policy and to use all of her efforts to make the case to Donald Trump for maintaining this deal. I know however that she will not.”

Kia Hamadanchy was born and raised in Irvine, California, the son of Iranian immigrants. A graduate of Northwood High, Hamadanchy received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Michigan before serving as legal counsel to US Senators Tom Harkin (IA) and Sherrod Brown (OH).

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Kia For Congress Announces Endorsement of Congressman Mike Honda

“I am honored to have the endorsement of Congressman Mike Honda,” said Kia. “Congressman Honda spent his entire tenure in the House standing up for the progressive values that I stand for and am running on. His leadership while leading the push for justice for the horrors that occurred against Korean comfort women during WWII is personally inspiring, and I plan to continue his work when elected.”

 

 

http://www.theliberaloc.com/2017/09/08/kia-for-congress-announces-endorsement-of-congressman-mike-honda/

KIA HAMADANCHY CONDEMNS TRUMP’S DECISION ON PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 1, 2017

 

Contact: Matthew Koos, (949) 445-3010

Matt@KiaForOrangeCounty.com

 

KIA HAMADANCHY CONDEMNS TRUMP’S DECISION ON

PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD

Trump and Mimi Walters continue attack on environment

 

Irvine, CA – Kia Hamadanchy, the Democratic candidate for California’s 45th Congressional District, condemned Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord today. This is the latest move from the Trump Administration to roll back important environmental protections.

 

“Withdrawing from the Paris climate accord is yet another attack on our environment from the party of Donald Trump and Mimi Walters,” said Kia. “We are destroying our planet in a way that our children may not be able to live here and Mimi Walters is enabling it.”

 

Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Beach), who sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has taken tens of thousands of dollars from Big Oil, including the Koch Brothers and Halliburton. Oil companies made more than $93 billion in profits in 2013 alone by polluting our environment and damaging our climate – but Walters puts their profits ahead of our families’ health. She is bought and paid for.

 

“Mimi Walters’ environmental record might play well if she was representing East Texas or Oklahoma, but not Orange County. Time and time again, she puts the interests of Big Oil ahead of the people of California’s 45th district,” said Kia. “Her support for Donald Trump and his attack on environmental protections makes this even clearer.”

 

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Kia Hamadanchy is an Orange County native and former Senate staffer for Tom Harkin and Sherrod Brown running in California’s 45th Congressional District, which includes Irvine, Tustin, North Tustin, Villa Park, Orange, Anaheim Hills, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo. The general election is November 6, 2018.

Kia Hamadanchy Announces $100,000 Raised in First Two Weeks

Irvine Native shows impressive fundraising capacity

Irvine, CA – Kia Hamadanchy’s campaign for California’s 45th Congressional District announced today it had raised $100,000. Kia announced his challenge of Representative Mimi Walters (R–Laguna Beach) just two weeks ago today.

“I am proud of the incredible support my campaign has received in these first two weeks. It is clear people are fired up and ready to defeat Mimi Walters next year,” said Kia. “I am out there everyday talking to residents all over the district who are ready for change and I am thrilled to show I am building the resources needed to win this race.”

Kia has spent the last two weeks growing his support throughout the 45th. He is building a grassroots campaign and is traveling the district to meet with different communities and organizations almost every day.

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