FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2023
WILL ROLLINS CONDEMNS KEN CALVERT’S VOTE TO DEFUND LGBTQ COMMUNITY SERVICES
CORONA, C.A. — Will Rollins, the presumptive Democratic nominee in California’s 41st District, released the following statement in response to Representative Ken Calvert’s vote in the Transportation-HUD Appropriations markup meeting last night. Calvert voted to strip over $3 million in funding to provide key services to LGBTQ Americans, including meals for senior citizens.
“America is not and can never be a place where the question of whether you eat depends on who you love.
“It’s unfathomable that the representative for Palm Springs – home to one of our nation’s most vibrant LGBTQ communities, including my partner Paolo and me, sold out LGBTQ seniors for cheap political points and thinks he can win the next election by telling tens of thousands of his own constituents that we don’t deserve equal access to food banks and job counseling.
“Government is about priorities. Most of us in this district – Republicans and Democrats alike – want pragmatic, smart leaders focused on solving real problems. Targeting vulnerable LGTBQ folks might help rile up a far-right fundraising base, but it sure as hell doesn’t make the 91 freeway any less congested in Corona.
“Ken’s bigoted, misguided vote is not only a stark reminder of why we need to expand LGBTQ representation in Congress, but also why we need a new generation of leaders focused on the right priorities – instead of culture wars – here in Riverside County.”
Will Rollins is available for interview — please email [email protected] to schedule.
Will Rollins is a Palm Springs resident and Southern California native. A former federal counterterrorism prosecutor, he is now running for Congress in California’s 41st Congressional District.