Salud Speaks: A Steadfast Bipartisan, Despite "Fascist Tendencies" of Many Republicans

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By Jerry Roberts of Newsmakers

In recent weeks, Rep. Salud Carbajal embarked upon a "Central Coast Community Project Victory Tour," trumpeting his support and sponsorship of newly-passed federal legislation that yields large sums of cash, grants and pork for his 24th Congressional District.

Campaigning for a fourth term against token Republican opposition, the Democratic congressman positions himself as a transactional, pragmatic problem solver more interested in delivering for constituents ($75 million for the 101, $3.7 million for SBA, $3 million for the Goleta Valley Community Center, $1.3 million for the Veterans Memorial Building, $1 million for Santa Maria's Airport, half-a-million for Carp shoreline "resilience work" -- the list goes on...) than in the extremist politics now tearing the nation apart.

However, at a time when 7 of 10 GOP voters do not regard Joe Biden's presidency as legitimate, nearly 70 percent of the party's House members voted not to certify the 2020 election, and November's mid-terms may well hand control of Congress to GOP majorities even more deeply committed to Donald Trump's fake narrative of a stolen election, Salud's senescent bromides about "collaboration," "bipartisanship" and "working together to solve problems" can register as dewy-eyed echoes of a long gone era.

In a far-ranging Newsmakers interview this week, the Democratic congressman discussed in depth and detail how he tries to square that political circle in Washington -- a case study of striving to employ venerable legislative tools like persuasion, compromise and good faith negotiation, in an era of toxic, zero sum power struggles shaped by grievance, menace and rumblings of civil war.

Although Carbajal portrays today's GOP as a far-right, anti-democracy party, he nonetheless boasts of success in partnering with Republican colleagues on an issue-by-issue basis.

"Certainly there are many Republicans that have fascist tendencies that we are seeing more and more of in Congress," he told Newsmakers.

"A good part of the Republican Party is focused on the 'Big Lie' (that the election was stolen), and is following the cult of a man named Trump, versus an ideology or a conservative platform," he said. "So from that standpoint, it is a new party, overwhelmingly a new party."

"I try to (call that out) as often as possible, but in addition to doing that, I also believe in collaborating and creating a collaborative environment, where we can get things done," he added. "Look, the people in the Central Coast, my constituents, want me to govern. They don't want me there focusing overwhelmingly on ideology...And I try to reach that balance because I want to be effective for my district."

State of play.

In the Nov. 8 election, Carbajal 's opponent is Dr. Brad Allen, the sacrificial Republican (Dems start with a 46-to-26 percent district registration advantage) who finished second to him in the June primary. A pediatric surgeon who says he is running as a "common sense" alternative to "career politicians," Allen reported $2,500 cash on hand in his latest campaign filing to the Federal Election Commission; ,Carbajal reported $2.4 million.

"I never underestimate any campaign, any race," Salud told us, "and I am spending substantial resources this race as well, because I don't take anyone for granted."

In our interview, Salud answered questions (and parried spasmodic snark) on a host of other consequential issues, including the controversial refit of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in his district - and what it means for the future of a major wind energy venture planned nearby, a project he surely views as the stuff of political legacy .

He also discussed the econoy, inflation and the local impact of a series of huge pieces of legislation passed by Congress and signed by Biden, including the $1 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure bill; the massive and sprawling, so-called "Inflation Reduction Act"; and the $280 billion Chips and Science Act to boost the semiconductor industry and establish reliable manufacturing supply chains ("jobs, jobs, jobs," he repeated three times).

In response to other questions, Carbajal insisted the new $700 million federal gun safety law, providing state grants for "red flag" law policies, was more than a token measure; discussed the war in Ukraine and how the U.S. should respond if Putin follows through on threats of using nuclear weapons; and speculated that the Dobbs decision, overturning Roe v. Wade, could be determinative in Democrats surprisingly holding the House;.

Majority or minority?

Contrary to the view held by many political professionals, Carbajal stated that he is "not absolutely sure that (Democrats) are going to lose the House" to Republicans in the fall.

The GOP needs to net only five seats to take over -- think Speaker Kevin McCarthy -- and if they do, Salud said, he'll hunker down to "negotiate with a Republican-led House to try to find common ground on continuing to move legislation forward, when we can find agreement."

Carbajal pointed to his membership and good working relations in the bipartisan "Problem Solvers Caucus" (of 19 Republican members, just five Trump loyalists refused to certify the election) and the "For Country Caucus," composed of ex-military members (where 5 of 14 GOP members stood behind the rigged election canard) as proof of viability for his across-the-aisle style and brand.

(Data point: Don't look now, but among Republican election upholders, at least 5 of those 19 GOP "Problem Solvers," and 3 of the 9 "For Country " Republicans who voted for reality won't be returning in January, either retired or beaten in primaries by MAGA Trumpers. But we digress).

"Most of the people that are on the other side, that are part of the bipartisan caucuses that I'm part of, overwhelmingly...those individuals have not been the ones promoting the Big Lie, have not been the extreme individuals," Salud said.

"But I will tell you, I stand up for my district, I stand up for my ideals, day in and day out," he added. "I don't hesitate to call out the Republicans on extremism, and things that they do that are not in keeping with...American values of being inclusive -- making sure everybody has opportunity, making sure we are doing everything possible to improve the lot of Americans...and giving people hope and opportunity to live the American dream.

"So that's what I fight for every day," the congressman said.

You can watch Newsmakers' interview with Rep. Salud Carbajal in part or in full via YouTube below or by clicking through this link. The podcast version is here. Check TVSB and KCSB-FM for their air times of our program.

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ChillinGrillin Oct 07, 2022 11:47 PM
Salud Speaks: A Steadfast Bipartisan, Despite "Fascist Tendencies" of Many Republicans

Oh yeah, that was terrible when Hillary started an insurrection that took the Capitol. Or when she called the Secretary of State in a swing state to straightup ask for votes. Or when she refused to concede and kept riling up militias and ultra-left elements to fight for her. Lol it's remarkable how such a bland and unlikeable person can live in cons' heads for so long.

doulie Oct 08, 2022 06:32 AM
Salud Speaks: A Steadfast Bipartisan, Despite "Fascist Tendencies" of Many Republicans

Alex - You choose not to see the point made by FONDOFSB. What (is) the difference between what Trump is saying and what Clinton has said? If one can be considered a facist for their comment why not the other? Yes, despite over one billion dollars available for her campaign, Clinton lost. Clinton lost "bigly," one could say.

a-1665193916 Oct 07, 2022 06:51 PM
Salud Speaks: A Steadfast Bipartisan, Despite "Fascist Tendencies" of Many Republicans

Funny how many in the GOP still cling to the myth of a stolen election, the myth of no insurrection, the myth of being for voting rights, the myth of not being fascist, the myth of being for law and order while ignoring glaring crimes against the country... (too many other examples of cognitive dissonance to mention). It just goes on and on.

ChillinGrillin Oct 07, 2022 11:33 PM
Salud Speaks: A Steadfast Bipartisan, Despite "Fascist Tendencies" of Many Republicans

About 70% of the "conservatives" are cult members who think Biden's victory didn't happen. Even though ex-potus lost over 50 lawsuits challenging the results, many in front of judges he appointed. Even though no credible evidence was offered in said cases, or found by law enforcement, of election fraud. Even though their congressional leaders either see the election as valid. Even though by taking office themselves after the same elections, they are acknowledging the election as valid. If the GOP loses to an old geezer like Biden, maybe everyone else isn't the problem, maybe it's their candidate...

GeneralTree Oct 07, 2022 11:58 PM
Salud Speaks: A Steadfast Bipartisan, Despite "Fascist Tendencies" of Many Republicans

Democrats: We should live and let live
Republicans: We should attack the government when the election doesn't go our way, we should attack women, support NAZI organizations such as the proud boys and oath keepers, we should troll librarians, defund libraries, burn books like "Captain Underpants" because it turns our kids gay, follow the cult Q and our leaders are Trump, Boebert, Greene, Matt Gaetz because Hillary's emails and Hunter's laptop.

Babycakes Oct 08, 2022 08:24 AM
Salud Speaks: A Steadfast Bipartisan, Despite "Fascist Tendencies" of Many Republicans

I think Salud needs to choose his words more carefully because so many people listen to him quite closely. Make no mistake, words matter. I believe that ALL of us - the left, the right, the middle - can agree on at least one thing that was summed up yesterday by President Biden yesterday at an event at the Volvo Group Powertrain facility in Hagerstown, MD:

"Let me start off with two words: made in America."

Let's get it together people as we will all go down on the same ship if we do not. We all know what is coming in November, so brace yourselves y'all.

a-1665244148 Oct 08, 2022 08:49 AM
Salud Speaks: A Steadfast Bipartisan, Despite "Fascist Tendencies" of Many Republicans

The Whole Democratic Party is underwater with no chance of oxygen how can you possibly be for a party that's ruined everything that America stands for? Brainwashed into believing everything is alright. The Republican party has its career politicians that shouldn't be there as well, but in no way compares to the Democratic crew

ChillinGrillin Oct 10, 2022 11:36 AM
Salud Speaks: A Steadfast Bipartisan, Despite "Fascist Tendencies" of Many Republicans

Lol how have the Dems ruined "everything America stands for?" Just another meaningless hyperbolic Dump rally phrase. They hate America! They want to take your guns and make everyone gay! Lmao, crock of nonsense as usual. No policies just BS slogans. That's why I left the GOP, they stopped paying attention to reality.

liberty Oct 08, 2022 10:49 AM
Salud Speaks: A Steadfast Bipartisan, Despite "Fascist Tendencies" of Many Republicans

I think Salud is a good politician. But both parties are so extreme these days. Way out there from what the middle class actual wants- a government that just handles the regular business to keep society running. He has the fascist comment wrong. Fascism is actually to the left of the Democratic party. IE- larger government, more rules and strong control over the people. The current democratic party, especially in CA wants to tell the people what to do all the time, with way too many rules on the people, to the point of suffocation. The conservatives in general want less government and less rules which is not fascism. To the right of conservatism is anarchy, not fascism. I think most people want something in the middle, for the middle class.

jak Oct 08, 2022 05:35 PM
Salud Speaks: A Steadfast Bipartisan, Despite "Fascist Tendencies" of Many Republicans

Thank you for reminding us of the mostly forgotten origin of fascism and it’s essential characteristics. So many today don’t understand that both fascism and German National socialism both have their roots set deeply in communism and tended to use its methods and share its goals with the exception of a unified world government.

Voice of Reason Oct 10, 2022 08:56 AM
Salud Speaks: A Steadfast Bipartisan, Despite "Fascist Tendencies" of Many Republicans

See Liberty, being unable to respond with facts are even a coherent counter point they devolve to this "None of the cons here are interested in discussion. They're just spewing nonsense repeatedly." I've been saying for years the DNC is much better described by the actual definition of fascism. Looking up the definition of "liberal" it certainly doesn't fit todays DNC.


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