On Heels of Pulling Out of Debate, McClintock Skips Senior Forum

Neglects to appear at non-partisan event despite open invitation


Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Just two days after pulling out of a debate in Lake Tahoe that he had previously committed to, Congressman Tom McClintock again avoided facing voters in the 4th Congressional District by skipping a forum hosted by the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA). Candidates running for many local offices were present to discuss their views on issues facing seniors in the community, but McClintock was absent. His Democratic challenger in the race, Jessica Morse, attended the forum and addressed the crowd.

"I am running for Congress because this community needs an advocate and partner who is willing to fight for our values in Washington and stand up to special interests," said Morse. "By continuing to ignore the needs of his constituents and refusing to defend his record, McClintock is shirking his role as 'representative.' In Congress I'll be a leader who will show up, listen, and get to work finding solutions – not play political games."  

CARA is the statewide arm of the national Alliance for Retired Americans, which formed in 2001 and boasts a membership of more than 4 million. The local chapter is a statewide nonprofit organization that unites retired workers and community groups to achieve a more secure future for older adults, their families, and future generations.

McClintock is facing his toughest re-election test since his first race in 2008. He trailed Morse in fundraising by a more than two-to-one margin in the most recent finance quarter, taking in only $223,000 to Morse's $543,000. Additionally, every major political prognosticator has moved the race out of the "Safe Republican" category, including Inside Elections, the Cook Political Report, UVA's Crystal Ball, and CNN. In fact, McClintock's 51% showing in June was the lowest total he's ever received in a 4th district primary. Morse was also recently added to the DCCC's Red to Blue program, which highlights the most competitive Congressional races across the country.