Democrat Harley Rouda Wins Race Against Homophobic Dana Rohrabacher in OC

(Photo: Harley Rouda)

Orange County residents awoke Sunday to a new political landscape, reports The OC Register,

A day prior, Democrat Harley Rouda declared victory in his bid to unseat 30-year Republican incumbent Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in the county’s coastal 48th Congressional District. By Saturday evening, the Associated Press called the contest for Rouda.

Rohrabacher has made a number of controversial comments over the years. In May, he said it was acceptable for people to refuse to sell their homes to gay men and lesbians if they “don’t agree with their lifestyle.” 

The Republican congressman is known for his outspoken support for Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.

In June 2016, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said there are “two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.”

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