FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 27th, 2023
CALVERT ALLIES LOSE BID TO STRIP ROLLINS’ COUNTERTERRORISM EXPERIENCE FROM 2024 BALLOT IN HIGHLY COMPETITIVE U.S. HOUSE RACE
Court rules that Rollins can use “Counterterrorism” to describe his profession
CORONA, C.A. — Yesterday, a superior court judge in California ruled that Democratic Congressional Candidate Will Rollins’ ballot designation will appear as “Counterterrorism Law Attorney” on the March 5th primary election ballot.
Supporters of Republican Ken Calvert had previously filed a lawsuit against Rollins, aiming to strip any mention of “counterterrorism” from the designation.
“Ken Calvert may be scared of talking about law enforcement experience in this race, but I’m not,” said Rollins. “I was proud to serve Riverside County through my role as a federal prosecutor in the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section of the National Security Division, taking on ISIS, the Sinaloa cartel, Al Qaeda terrorists, and Iranian nationals who violated U.S. sanctions. I’ve continued to build my legal practice around that experience, and I’ll bring it with me to Congress to support our law enforcement officials, not defund them like Calvert has. Riverside County deserves representation that will keep them safe from hate, extremism, and corruption, and that’s exactly what I’ll do.”
“The court’s ruling confirms what we knew all along,” said Coby Eiss, Campaign Manager. “This absurd lawsuit was nothing more than a politically-inspired partisan attack to distract voters from seeing Will’s experience in counterterrorism on the ballot. But the truth is that Republicans and Democrats alike in California’s 41st know that Ken has failed the law enforcement community, voting more than once (Vote 1 | Vote 2) in 2023 alone to defund local law enforcement agencies. This is the same guy who claimed that the FBI had been infiltrated by ‘rot,’ and called for dropping charges against the insurrectionists who attacked cops at the Capitol on January 6th. Of course, Ken was also caught with a sex worker in his car while a sitting member of Congress. He initially fled from the police before finally complying with their demands to stop, and then lied about the whole thing for months. We’re going to remind voters of the clear contrast in this race, and this ruling is only the beginning.”
California’s 41st is a top-targeted district in the 2024 elections. Punchbowl News recently ranked it #2 nationwide in the races to watch in the battle for control of the House. And the National Journal included it in its top 15 seats likely to flip nationwide in 2024.
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.