Are Independent Candidates The Key To Making California Great Again?

Beverly Hills, Malibu and Santa Monica are in desperate need of a makeover. A quick drive through the area shows trash, homeless encampments, traffic, graffiti, and crumbling roads. After being defeated at the ballot box for decades, the California GOP does not pay much attention to places like Los Angeles which are in desperate need of better representation in Congress. If the GOP won’t take this seat seriously, then it’s time for an independent who can identify with the constituents to take on Congressman Ted Lieu and make one of the best parts of the Golden State great again.

An independent has a chance to win in a district where Republicans have given up, as no strong Republicans are running for the seat. The Democrats have failed the constituents they claim to represent, and have failed to take meaningful action to address the homeless and mental health crisis, the open border, and have vowed to protect criminal illegal aliens despite the burden on California’s citizens.

One such independent running for office is Brandon Fricke, a California native, and fiancé to the brilliant Fox News personality Tomi Lahren. Fricke lives in Los Angeles County and is ready to make Congressman Ted Lieu face his record of failure in Congress. With the growing homeless problem, sanctuary city laws, lack of a secure border and the politicians’ protection of criminal illegal aliens, Fricke has a real chance as many constituents are fed up and tired with politicians not dealing with these local issues.

Ted Lieu’s district comprises some of the most affluent and beautiful districts in the country with some of the most expensive real estate and one of the best economies in the world. That beacon of American prosperity deserves protection and solid leadership against crime. Unfortunately, over the last six years, homelessness and crime have increased significantly, causing the quality of life to decrease substantially for several residents of this district. Despite record levels of property and income taxation, representatives like Ted Lieu have chosen to play political games with President Trump instead of addressing the most pressing problems facing our state.

While these residents don’t necessarily identify with Republican candidates, many now realize that the Democrats are not getting the job done and would like an energetic, dynamic, independent candidate that can cross party lines to secure and improve the quality of life in their beloved, world famous neighborhoods.

If you don’t believe that an independent can win in California, just look at Stephen Poizner who recently ran as an independent in the November 2018 race for Insurance Commissioner of California and almost won, receiving 47.1% of the vote. Though the district does not overtly identify with the Republican Party, the district does care about protecting their families from criminals, disease caused by the homeless and trash issues, and the aesthetics of the community. After all, this is why most residents are willing to pay the high taxes, yet the Democrat politicians are just not getting the job done. Residents are frustrated with politicians passing laws that decriminalize terrifying crimes they don’t want in this district.

If Fricke expresses a plan on how to handle the growing homeless problem as well as protection of criminal illegal aliens, sanctuary city laws, and the open border, he has a real chance of winning, as many California residents are looking for solutions. Fricke is someone who has compassion for law abiding citizens working hard to provide a safe and prosperous environment for their families. A practical solutions oriented platform that is not based on party lines will resonate well in this hardworking, expensive district that is starting to resemble a third world country, despite the multimillion dollar real estate and world renowned beaches.

Written by Meghan McNulty

Meghan McNulty is a contributor to The Schpiel.

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