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Tuesday, October 26 2021
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Democrat Will Rollins Announces Campaign for Congress
Former counterterrorism and counterintelligence federal prosecutor launches campaign against extremist Congressman Ken Calvert in CA-41
CANYON LAKE, CA — Today, Democrat Will Rollins, a former federal prosecutor who specialized in counterterrorism and counterintelligence, announced his campaign to flip California’s 41st Congressional District blue. After helping prosecute the insurrectionists who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Rollins is challenging conspiracy theorist and defender of extremists Rep. Ken Calvert.
“I became a public servant because of 9-11. I wanted to help keep our country safe. But today, some of our biggest terrorist threats are here at home,” said Rollins in his announcement video. “We’ve all watched people become angrier and more violent as they’ve heard similar conspiracy theories and Q-Anon lies ripple through social media and echo on Fox News.”
“I saw the same thing when I helped prosecute people who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. So let’s kick out extreme politicians like Ken Calvert, who spread the big lie and elect a new generation of leaders to end the toxic divisions that threaten our Democracy and prevent us from solving problems together.”
California’s 41st Congressional District encompasses the Riverside County communities of Canyon Lake, Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Norco, Temecula, and Wildomar.
About Will Rollins
Will Rollins is from a family of Republicans and Democrats and is running for Congress because the attack on the U.S. Capitol underscored why America needs a new generation of leaders to end toxic divisions that threaten our democracy and prevent us from solving problems together.
After attending Dartmouth and Columbia Law School, Rollins clerked for two federal judges in California. He began tackling injustice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, protecting the public from white-collar criminals, including a Ponzi scheme organizer who defrauded dozens of seniors out of their retirement savings, as well as a corrupt physician who sold opiates for cash. Rollins later joined the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section of the National Security Division, where he prosecuted an electrical engineer for conspiring to send microchips with missile guidance applications to China, Iranian nationals for violating U.S. sanctions on Tehran, a reported QAnon follower for an attack at the Port of Los Angeles, and some of the insurrectionists who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
Coming of age at a time when being gay was literally a crime in some states, Rollins and his partner Paolo know that government-sponsored discrimination has lasting effects on all Americans, our economy, and our national security. That has motivated Rollins to improve the lives of others who face discrimination. Rollins’s mother and father, a public defender and journalist, respectively, stressed the importance of justice and free speech at a young age. His parents taught him that although the system may not be perfect, every generation has a responsibility to improve it. With this lesson in mind, Rollins is running for Congress to serve the 41st district of California and bring justice and accountability back to Washington.