The North State deserves a better congressman than conspiracy theorist Doug LaMalfa.
US Congress (CA-1)
On 9/11, Max was a high school student. Four years later, he was an infantryman in Iraq. He served two years in Iraq and earned his Combat Infantry Badge while still in his teens. The oath Max swore when he enlisted in the Army as a teenager was nearly identical to the oath Doug swore when he entered Congress. These solemn oaths were neither to a person nor to a political party – but were instead to the support and defense of our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Steiner for Congress Max used his G.I. Bill to attend UC Berkeley after completing his deployments and graduated in 2011. He immediately returned to serving his country as a soldier and a diplomat. Max reenlisted in the Army Reserves and, 11 years later, is now a the First Sergeant of a Civil Affairs Company. He entered our country’s Foreign Service and has served as an American diplomat throughout the world. In Honduras, he was the lead U.S. official on agriculture, mining, and energy policy. In Mexico, he served as a Consular Officer, where he saw first-hand the the need for serious reforms to our legal immigration system and strong enforcement toward illegal immigration. His last overseas tour was to the Sinai Peninsula, where he served as a civilian observer with the multi-national force charged with enforcing the 1982 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. He then returned to Washington, D.C., where he worked on food security issues with colleagues from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and USAID. In 2019, he began working toward a PhD in Policy Analysis at RAND, focusing on national defense and diplomacy. Max knows how fragile democracy is. Doug does not. Doug has never served in our country’s armed forces, fighting against terrorists who hate the idea of democracy. He has never lived or worked in corrupt countries with dictatorial regimes that enrich themselves while denying citizens the ability to vote them out of power. His sheltered life as heir to the family rice farm and 20-year career as a do-nothing politician have left him without an ounce of patriotism and with nothing but contempt for the hard-working voters of this district. You can look at Max, serving his country as a soldier or a diplomat in some of the most dangerous regions of the world, under Republican and Democratic Presidents alike. This is what integrity looks like. A centrist Democrat who wants to bring federal investment to North State communities to solve real problems in forestry, water, and infrastructure. A Democrat who has shared foxholes with Republican comrades-in-arms and who recognizes that disagreeing with someone else’s politics doesn’t make them any less of an American. The North State has a chance to send a principled, veteran, centrist Congressman to Washington, with fresh ideas and a desire to solve problems rather than just complain about them on TV. There is something rotten in D.C., but that won’t change until voters start electing new representatives to clean it up. California’s District One deserves a congressman who will both sit down to write legislation and stand up to defend our democracy. Max Steiner would be that Congressman. Doug’s sole focus during his ten years in Congress has been on securing multi-million dollar subsidies for his rice farm, and he would rather spread lies than solve other people’s problems. He has not suffered losses from forest fires and is uninterested or unable to solve the biggest problem our district faces today: poorly managed forests that pose unacceptable risks to our friends, relatives, and neighbors. District One deserves a problem-solver like Steiner. “My brother lost his house in Redding to the Carr Fire in 2018. He cleared out the wreckage and rebuilt his home. It’s time for us to clear Doug LaMalfa out of office and rebuild Congress to solve problems for all Americans.”