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The Tale of Two Candidate Statements

Note: The candidate statements we refer to below are from the March 2020 election

In her candidate statement, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo claims that she has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. She says that she sounded the alarm in January, chaired hearings in February, and helped pass legislation to help the American people.

But the reality is very different. We ask you to think? Did you benefit with these policies of Rep. Eshoo? Let us give you some examples:

While thousands of Silicon Valley residents struggle to make ends meet in the Covid-19 world, Anna Eshoo wrote an op-ed claiming credit for a pandemic preparedness plan that she worked on for 15 years. As we all know, the plan was a colossal failure. The Congresswoman had 15 years to reach across the aisle and draft a plan that would ensure Congressional oversight immune from party politics.

The Biodefense Caucus that she chairs failed to deliver any tangible outcomes with the pandemic.

Congresswoman Eshoo could have done a lot more to address Silicon Valley’s challenges as we grappled with a pandemic and raging fires. Rep. Eshoo was stuck in Washington, playing partisan politics while Americans waited for stimulus checks. And the Calfire photo op displayed a lack of touch, when Rep. Eshoo acknowledged that she did not know California inmates were used for fire fighting.

Americans deserve more than the bare minimum, especially when a lack of action could come with lifelong consequences.

Congresswoman Eshoo is also weak on policy that she mentions in her statement.

  • There is a lot more that Rep. Eshoo could have done for healthcare as the chair of the House Health Subcommittee. Expansion of affordable healthcare is the claim. But she does not support Medicare for All. Our healthcare system was flat footed
  • For climate change, the policies have barely made a dent.
  • Privacy protection? The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica 2016 leveraged people’s data for nefarious purposes. Where is Facebook located? In Rep. Eshoo’s district.
  • Lot of dribbling, but no goals to score: This is what Silicon Valley residents have been talking about. The weekly newsletters are long, but rarely any data on what real problems Rep. Eshoo has attempted to fix. What policy bills have addressed our problems in Silicon Valley?
  • The candidate statement is bereft of this information. After 28 years - we should have had a long list. But that is missing. We researched every candidate statement going back as far as we could, the accomplishments were missing. Only new problems that Rep. Eshoo would solve in the next two years.

What did Rishi do? When COVID-19 hit, I knew I had to temporarily suspend my campaign and direct all its resources towards the community in California’s 18th District. If I couldn’t show up for my community first, in a time of need, how would voters trust me to show up on the national stage? While we called every single senior in the district, made and delivered masks, and hosted 23 town hall meetings on various topics. We did the same with the California fire; we called families asking how we could help. Our Fire Safety page has lots of information.

During her 28 years in Congress, this has been Rep. Eshoo’s mantra. She does what’s expected, cozies up to the Democratic establishment, and fails to take the kind of decisive, immediate, sweeping action that is desperately needed to solve not only the pressing COVID-19 crisis but problems in healthcare, climate change, housing, technology, and more. Rep. Eshoo takes money from the pharmaceutical industry -- #1 in the country -- while overseeing health legislation, and prevents affordable drugs from entering the market. She represents the innovation capital of the world while failing to ask relevant or even coherent questions during tech hearings.

Rep. Eshoo has had 28 years of chances to prove herself to her constituents, and it’s time for a change. We need a new way forward - leaders who will think outside the box, and won’t succumb to partisan politics during a time of crisis.

“It took a pandemic and social unrest to get everyone to understand how important it is to have great elected officials at every level of government. Next time you are asked to vote, take it seriously. These roles are not just about politics - they can be a matter of life or death.”
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Rishi brings people-centric Leadership

You deserve a Congressman who is working for you, not for special interests and lobbyists. I successfully challenged the San Jose Water Company to prevent, reduce or suspend 7 water hikes, and have reduced burglaries in Saratoga by 41%. I am willing to take on the tough challenges. The people of Saratoga re-elected me with the most votes in city history.

My ballot statement identifies the current challenges while presenting bold ideas and a new vision to benefit Silicon Valley and our country. My plan to reduce the housing shortage and traffic congestion in Silicon Valley includes a cutting-edge, eco-friendly, tunnel-based transportation system that will reduce commute time to less than 21 minutes between 21 counties. This would make a broad range of affordable housing options available to workers, and expand Silicon Valley’s innovation success and economic growth throughout the region.

Anna's Ballot Statement

We believe Anna is NOT on it.

Our current congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo, has failed to move the needle during her 28 years in office. A list of accomplishments seems to be missing from her candidate statement. Which of the 40 bills that Rep. Eshoo references have made a positive impact on Silicon Valley and America?

Technological Expertise

Silicon Valley is the driving force of America’s success, the world’s 19th largest economy and the global center of high tech and innovation. But Anna Eshoo doesn’t even mention it in her ballot statement. We need strong, tech-savvy leadership to help us navigate successfully in an increasingly complex on-line world. We need elected leaders who are capable of stepping up and protecting our personal and national on-line data security and privacy. We cannot allow the United States Congress to continue to be led by the "technologically illiterate."


Rep. Eshoo’s claims in her candidate statement that her goal is to promote healthy families. So why has she sponsored legislation that increases the price of drugs? Why has she accepted more Big Pharma money than any other US Representative? Pharmaceutical companies keep raising the prices of life-saving medications, and Anna Eshoo has not stopped them.

As chair of the House Health Subcommittee, Anna Eshoo has the power to put the opioid crisis on the sub-committee agenda, and hold accountable the pharmaceutical companies who fueled the opioid crisis. Yet she has not done so.


Rep. Eshoo references homelessness, but homelessness remains a growing problem in the Bay Area, and housing prices continue to go up. Our commute times have increased exponentially and our quality of life is negatively impacted, and Anna has not taken any action to address it.


Congresswoman Eshoo wants to work "with cities to satisfy their Regional Housing Need Allocation goals for construction of housing, including affordable housing." If that happens it will increase development projects in every city, against the will of the residents. Does Anna support SB35 and SB50? I do not! I am for preserving local control over housing and my "21 minutes to 21 counties" vision plan addresses the current housing crunch and the traffic jams that are getting worse every year.


Anna's transportation agenda does not provide any strategic vision or long term solution for over 168,000 Bay Area commuters or millions of local drivers stuck every day in Silicon Valley traffic jams.

I have a Plan

I have a plan to grow our economy, to reduce the cost of healthcare, to address air traffic noise, and to fix our problems with PG&E and their Public Safety Power Shut-offs (PSPS) that have given California “3rd world status.” I will NEVER accept Special Interest Group money, unlike Congresswoman Anna Eshoo who accepts PAC and Special Interest Group money including from PG&E. I will fight for YOU and create accountability in our system!

Moral Compass

We need elected leaders who have the backbone and moral compass to make decisions of national importance, rather than looking at the establishment to make their decision.

We Need Leaders Who Can Fight For Our Families

We need an effective leader who will fight for our families’ interests, not for special interests. We need a leader who is accessible and who will bring energy and innovative ideas to the tough challenges. I hold those values and will not let you down. My track record in Saratoga speaks to that.

That is why the political pundits have declared me to be a serious challenger in this race. I am proud to be one of the few candidates for Congress - the only one in this race who refuses Special Interest money and relies on people power to fund this campaign.

I am asking you to stand with our campaign for change. You deserve a Congressman who is working for you.

I humbly request your support and your vote.

-Rishi Kumar

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