Obama Endorses Incumbent Henry Waxman

The Los Angeles congressman receives nod from nation's top Democrat in his bid to represent the new 33rd District.

President Barack Obama weighed in on the 33rd Congressional District race Tuesday, endorsing veteran Democrat Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) for re-election. 

Waxman, 72, who has served in Congress since 1975, is running against Bill Bloomfield, a Manhattan Beach small business owner with no party preference, for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the Nov. 6 general election.

"Henry Waxman has always fought for what is right and in the best interests of California and our nation," Obama said in a press release. "I will continue to rely on Congressman Waxman's help over the next four years to move our nation forward and to create an economy that's built to last."

In New York's 12th Congressional District race, the President endorsed incumbent Representative Nydia Velazquez in June. That race is expected to be a close one between Velazquez and her opponent, Councilman Erik Dilan.

According to the online publication, Capital New York, Obama does not endorse candidates in open-seat primaries but sometimes does endorse incumbents.

Waxman—current ranking member of the powerful House Energy and Commerce—was one of the main architects of the Affordable Care Act. He played a similar role in drafting the government's first comprehensive bill on AIDS in 1988, and was the was a primary author of the Clean Air Act in 1990, according to the New York Times.

"The thing I love to do," Mr. Waxman once said, "is legislate," the newspaper has also reported.

Locally, Waxman is a strong proponent of the Westside Subway extension, though the route is in dispute.

Waxman moved from his 30th Congressional District to the newly drawn 33rd after redistricting in 2011 altered boundaries to reflect population changes. 

Last August, Hal Dash, chairman of Los Angeles-based public policy consulting firm Cerrell Associates, said the new district maps should keep the Democratic majority intact in the state Legislature and 53-person Congressional delegation, the largest in the nation.

"It's still going to be a Democratic area," Dash said at the time. "Waxman is a great fundraiser and he won't have a tough race, it's just a new constituency. He'll have to spend some time meeting and greeting new people, which he hasn't had to do in years."

The newly drawn 33rd Congressional District includes Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Malibu, Santa Monica, Westwood, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, West Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades and slivers of Marina del Rey and Venice.

Ellen Michaels September 04, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I'm for Congressman Waxman all the way! My niece Lindsay Bubar is his campaign manager and she is a very strong asset to Mr. Waxman's campaign!
Carol Elliott September 04, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I have never supported Waxman and luckily redistricting removed him from my district... Thank goodness however the other choices are not much better
Arthur Christopher Schaper September 04, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Let's consider Obama's track record with endorsing Democratic candidates: 1. Martha Coakley (D) vs. Scott Brown (R) -- Brown won by five points in 3-to-1 Democratic Massachusetts. 2. New Jersey Governor John Corzine (D) vs. Chris Christie (R) -- Christie won by four points in 2-to-1 Democratic New Jersey 3. For the Virginia Governor Seat -- Creigh Deeds (D) vs. Bob McDonnell (R) -- McDonnell took back the VA governor's mansion by double-digits. 4. PA Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter vs. Pat Toomey -- Specter lost the Democratic primary -- a humiliating defeat. 5. Republican Bob Turner took the NY-9 Congressional seat, 3-to-1 Democratic, by ten points, despite Obama's endorsement of David Weprin -- a "slap in the face to the Prez" according to the New York Post. Obama's endorsements are the kiss of death. Waxman should rescind the endorsement if he wants to stand a chance for reelection.
carole frick September 05, 2012 at 02:46 PM
so that's five who lost out of HOW MANY candidates Obama supported? "Kiss of death?" Really?
Arthur Christopher Schaper September 05, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Thank you for your comment. I forgot to mention: The 2010 "shellacking" that wiped out the Democratic resurgence of 2006 and 2008 in the House = + 63 for the GOP. In the Senate, Progressive Liberal Senator Russ Feingold was pushed out of office, along with "moderate" Democrat Blanche Lincoln. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota decided not to run at all. -- The GOP went from 40 to 47 in the Senate. Whatever one's party affliation, President Obama is the gift who keeps on giving -- to the Republicans and independent fiscal conseratives who demand real hope and change.
swankgirlvenice September 05, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Waxman supports SMO gassing the residents of Venice in favor of keeping Santa Monica skies clear. Consequently, Waxman should NEVER have support of anyone in Venice. If Santa Monica wants the airport, Santa Monica residents should have to live with the noise and filth - not Venice residents. It's indefensible.
an interested observer September 05, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Gassing the residents? sounds like you've got your head to close to your oven!
Karmen Brower September 05, 2012 at 11:06 PM
As far as I'm concerned, Waxman had been a total bust as a representative of Calabasas or anyone on the Valley side of the hill. He can't even find some places he's been invited to meet his Valley voters. He obviously has no interest in those of us who reside in the Valley. i'm for anyone who isn't Waxman.
Another WorldView September 06, 2012 at 10:20 AM
She's just another gentrifying NIMBY. If you had a problem with that airport - why did you move here, from Pennsylvania?
Another WorldView September 06, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Bill Bloomfield doesn't STATE his party preference, because he is a right-wing Republican, running in a heavily Democratic district. Why else would an arch-Conservative blogger like Schaper be so interested in attacking his opponent. Has Mr. Bloomfield been asked, whom he would intend to 'caucus' with, in the unlikely event that he would be elected? He's a Cheney/Bush and McCain/Palin campaign chair.... No labels - convenient when an honest label would instantly identify your unpopular ideology and allegiances.
Westlawn neighbor September 06, 2012 at 08:26 PM
" . . . and slivers of Marina del Rey and Venice." I lived in Venice for 12 Years, and near Marina del Rey for over 26 Years; and I've NEVER gotten a sliver in either neighborhood ! Just lucky - I guess. ;-) Hmmm, I *may* have once had a Sliver from the [wooden] Santa Monica Pier.
Liza Lewis September 06, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Your lips to God's ears! LL
John September 06, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Like anyone would expect Obama to endorse a conservative candidate.
Another WorldView September 08, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Has Sarah Palin endorsed Bloomfield yet? What about Dick Cheney and/or Karl Rove?
Always Right October 14, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Who cares?


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