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.”
- Jon Sakoda's tweet from June 5th