Liberal Smith continues to defend vote for jobs-killing AB5
On raising $3 billion in new taxes – “You bet I’m gonna do it”

Valencia, CA – One day after receiving the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Congressman Mike Garcia today joined the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce for their Congressional Candidate Forum with liberal Assemblywoman Christy Smith. Over the course of the one-hour forum, Garcia shared his vision of job growth and lower taxes for the 25th district and reminded voters about Smith’s record of $3 billion in tax hikes, her signature jobs-killing bill AB5, and her support for defunding local law enforcement.

“As Mike Garcia advocated for lower taxes and against jobs-killing AB5, Liberal Christy Smith actually admitted she was proud to have voted to hike taxes to the tune of $3 billion,” Garcia Campaign Spokesperson Lance Trover said.

Not only did liberal Smith indicate she was proud to vote to raise taxes on Californians, but she also defended her continued support of AB5, a law that is currently threatening to force Uber and Lyft out of the state, and recycled many of the same lies that she has been pushing throughout her campaign.

Today’s forum follows Smith’s last-minute withdrawal from a forum last week hosted by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. Even after publishing a publicity stunt letter listing her debate demands, Smith also declined to debate Garcia earlier in the month at an event hosted by the SCV Signal, one of the district’s top local news outlets.

“It’s astounding that Christy Smith has now admitted that, along with killing 70,000 California jobs, she is proud to have voted for $3 billion in new taxes and fees,” added Trover.


Mike Garcia believes in a strong national defense and is a pro-business, pro-taxpayer, political outsider with nearly 20 years of service to this country as one of the first Super Hornet strike fighter pilots in the Navy and is a highly decorated US Naval Officer. Garcia is a first-generation American whose father immigrated to the US in 1959 and has lived in the 25th district for nearly all of his life. Garcia lives in Santa Clarita with his wife and two sons. He was elected to Congress on May 12, 2020, winning a Special Election with 55% and becoming the first California Republican to flip a Democrat seat since 1998.

The 25th district encompasses the cities of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster and the northern part of the San Fernando Valley. The median income is $76,866 and the ethnic breakdown is 45.8% White, 8% Black, 7.7% Asian and 35.3% Hispanic.

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