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    Convicted criminal Dave Min loses ground in race for Katie Porter’s seat
    • October 17, 2023

    California Sen. Dave Min, D-Irvine, is continuing to pay the price for his drunk driving conviction and prison guard union corruption.

    According to recently published data from the Federal Election Commission, Min’s fundraising in his campaign to represent the open seat in the 47th congressional district has been in a free fall.

    From the time he announced as a candidate until March 31 of this year, he raised an impressive $521,000. After his arrest for driving drunk in a California Senate vehicle at night without his lights on through a red light in May, his fundraising totals have plummeted. In them most recent quarter, he raised just $311,000.

    Meanwhile, Min has blown through $400,000 as part of his desperate attempt to remain a candidate.

    As of this writing, the Min campaign has $825,542.68 on hand, compared to $832,638.54 reported by the Joanna Weiss campaign and $1,374,856.05 reported by the campaign of Republican Scott Baugh. And this is, of course, before the ads and mailers go out highlighting Min’s arrest.

    For context, Scott Baugh narrowly lost to Katie Porter last year despite being outspent by tens of millions of dollars. That he is in fact the top fundraiser this time means Democrats will need to do better than a drunk driver who can’t out-fundraise Baugh if they want to make the race remotely competitive.

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    This newspaper has already called for Dave Min to drop out of the race and to refrain from seeking public office as long as he remains on probation.

    There is a viable Democratic alternative to Min, Joanna Weiss, who in recent weeks has earned endorsements from Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken and Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis.

    Unlike Min, she hasn’t been arrested for driving drunk and she hasn’t voted to give away hundreds of millions of dollars per year to the state prison guard union. That alone speaks to better judgment.

    Again, we repeat: Dave Min should drop out of the race. The people of the 47th congressional district deserve better than to be represented by a drunk driving, corrupt politician like Dave Min.

    ​ Orange County Register