The stunt-prone liberal group “CA25 United for Progress” (25UP) continues its distasteful practice of labeling their democrat sponsored political fundraisers as “town halls.” This time 25UP got their buddies from all the way up in the Antelope Valley i.e. Democratic Club of the High Desert to pony up the cash to bring Congressman Ted Lieu of California’s 33rd which encompasses much of West Los Angeles to come all the way up to Congressman Knight’s district.

Generally, Town Halls are non-partisan, publically sponsored events, where officials are able to speak with their constituents or listen to their constituent’s concerns, feelings, experiences etc. These events never ask for political donations when citizen RSVPs for the events.

Last time “CA25 United for Progress” pulled this fake town hall stunt, Gretchen Zovak a representative for the group admitted that these are in fact private events after denying a group of Republicans after trying to purchase of VIP tickets she stated “Since she (Judy Chu) is not elected in our district, this is essentially a private event, funded by 25UP. Though we are not required to, we have chosen to open the event to the public.” The same would apply to Ted Lieu, he was also not elected in our district and the attendees are not his constituents there for it is a private event designed to raise money for electioneering purposes.

People that wish to attend this dog and pony show are required to register for a ticket and must agree to “a code of conduct.” Yes, you heard that right, a code of conduct because god forbid anyone acts just like they did at the real Town Halls Congressman Knight held earlier this year, where they shouted down Congressman Knight every chance they got, held up signs and chanted various phrases and were just generally rowdy and disruptive. That is all banned for their fake town hall.

Essentially local Democrats really just wants to create a safe space for themselves, no seriously they literally say it right in their description of the event “Above all, this is a safe and respectful space where people from the 25th district…” which is dog whistle for “Don’t worry you will not have your viewpoints challenged you will hear what you want to hear”

If Local Democrats really cared about Santa Clarita Valley they would be more transparent about their event’s real purposes and give up the practice of mislabeling their fundraisers and political rallies as town halls in an attempt to give the public the impression that this is a non-partisan event open to the public where they can hear from their local representative.

  • Gretchen Zovak

    Really? Did you just fake news me into your narrative? Name me ONE republican who was denied entry to that event. Just ONE. Also, no “VIP tickets” were sold to that event. A simple sponsorship was refused after several members of this “group of Republicans” were observed on Facebook planning to collect home addresses, emails and phone numbers of 25UP members in order to harass us and disrupt the event (to the extent that one member even feared she would be arrested). I have screenshots if you’d like to see them. Just throwing that out there.

    Anyway, that said, I am no longer part of 25UP. Keep my name off your website, please. okthxbye.
    -GZ

    • RightOnSCV

      Sorry, Gretchen, but we have a duty to protect the public from people who actively attempt to deceive its citizens. We have reports from a few Republicans in that event who claimed they were physically threatened by Anthony Brezican the moment he entered the room. Given the Democrat connection with violent terrorist group Antifa, this is not a good look for your people.

      • Shanna Ingalsbee

        First, I don’t know of any connection between the antifa group and any, legitimate Democratic organization. Second, yes, you also “have a duty to protect the public from people who actively attempt to deceive its citizens” which means you need to verify a story before posting it. Having ” reports from a few Republicans in that event who claimed they were physically threatened” is not verified news, it’s rumor. And finally, because of the increased violence that has become acceptable in this political environment, speaking at an event that is a “safe and respectful space” encourages me to attend. Refusing to allow a speaker to openly lie to the crowd will inspire a vocal response, but since when does holding your elected official accountable constitute violence?

      • Gretchen Zovak

        “Sorry, Gretchen, but we have a duty to protect”
        >>Sorry, but what ACTUAL protection do you ACTUALLY provide? Blogging doesn’t really qualify as providing “protection” from anything.

        “from people who actively attempt to deceive its citizens.”
        >>You’re hiding (anonymously) behind a website- so WHO exactly is “attempting to deceive” here? I noticed you even took down your contributor list. It was up there a couple months ago. Where’d it go?

        “We have reports from a few Republicans in that event who claimed they were physically threatened by Anthony Brezican the moment he entered the room.”
        >>I have never met Anthony Brezican. He is not representative of how your “few Republicans” were treated that night. However, I’ve seen the video you’re talking about on the Triggering podcast. Not exactly menacing, but not exactly kind & welcoming. Now, if you insist on holding all liberals responsible for Anthony’s behavior, then ALL of you conservatives are responsible for the aforementioned stalking & disruption efforts on Facebook. Oh right, AND you are responsible for the fool that kept yelling at that event like he had conservative Tourette’s syndrome.

        “Given the Democrat connection with violent terrorist group Antifa, this is not a good look for your people.”
        >>There are so many fallacies in that sentence, it’s hard to know where to start, but I’ll give it a shot. There is NO Democrat connection with Antifa, which is NOT classified as a terrorist group. They certainly don’t reflect on “my people” at all. I think Antifa consists of a bunch of millennials that are so frustrated they they’ve become a decentralized army looking for a war. As such, they have no connection to any party or ideology other than their own. If you expect liberals to have to answer for Antifa, then you have to claim the Alt-Right and all ideologies entailed therein. Are you willing to defend white supremacy, Richard Spencer, and Stormfront just so you can get a democrat to answer for antifa? If so, that’s not a good look for your people.