Probably Not a Surprise, Waxman Endorses Lieu in Race for 33rd

State Sen. Ted Lieu finished second in Tuesday's primary election to advance to the November general election, in which he will face Republican Elan Carr.

Howard Waxman. Patch file photo.
Howard Waxman. Patch file photo.

Retiring Rep. Henry Waxman endorsed Sen. Ted Lieu, D- Torrance, today to replace him in Congress.

Lieu finished second in Tuesday's primary election to advance to the November general election, in which he will face Republican Elan Carr.

"Ted is the son of hard-working immigrants and has served with distinction in our armed forces and in public office," Waxman, D-Beverly Hills, said. "His life story and experience have earned him my strong admiration. I endorse Ted Lieu because he will always work tirelessly to strengthen the middle class, make higher education more affordable, help workers save for retirement and protect our privacy from intrusive NSA surveillance."

Lieu is expected to have a distinct advantage in the predominantly Democratic 33rd Congressional District, which covers an affluent area that includes the Westside, Malibu, Santa Monica, Bel Air and Beverly Hills.

Lieu edged out former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel in Tuesday's primary to reach the Nov. 4 general election.

Carr, a gang prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, managed to be the top vote-getter in the primary, thanks primarily to Lieu, Greuel and other Democrats in the race splitting votes among their party faithful.

Carr insisted, however, that he offered voters a viable alternative, despite lacking the fundraising strength of his opponents.

"We may not have had the resources our opponents had, but we had something much more important -- a strong conviction to confront Washington's broken status quo," Carr said after Tuesday's vote.

Carr's chief strategist, John Thomas, credited his candidate's first- place finish to voters being "ready to embrace an alternative to the status quo."

--City News Service

Michael S June 06, 2014 at 11:50 AM
The best thing about current republicans is the way they make idiotic statements but still get recommended by their equally idiotic members of their cult. It's just an extension of their denial of science. The truth doesn't matter.
Arthur Christopher Schaper June 06, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Anything is possible in the 33rd. Carr is articulate. He can peel away some of Wendy Greuel's votes. As for Marianne Williamson's fans, who knows. I wonder how Lieu will justify trying to triple the car tax, along with the boutique bills that showed more caring for pets instead of people, bears instead of businesses, etc. And the fact that he only voted once to have convicted felon Wright removed from office. There are two other indicted state senators, and Lieu still said nothing about them.
Nick Antonicello June 08, 2014 at 05:45 PM
Ted Lieu is incredibly vulnerable for several reasons: * There's no enthusiasm for his campaign * Miller, Williamson and Greuel will not endorse him * The Waxman endorsement is meaningless * This district is no longer a south of LAX unit. Lieu will be challenged in 2016 and probably lose to a Ben Allen, Sandra Fluke or a more organized challenge by Marianne Williamson * Lieu has exposed himself as incredibly weak and not popular despite representing 80% of the district. Ironically, 80% of the district voted for someone else.
Arthur Christopher Schaper June 08, 2014 at 11:34 PM
Wow! Thanks for your information!
Wolfman June 09, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Waxman endorsement of Lieu is the reason I will not vote for him


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