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Exclusive Interview: In CA-45, Katie Porter is Running to Turn Orange County Blue

Democratic candidate for Congress Katie Porter (CA-45) is the special guest on this week’s podcast.



Katie Porter
Photo courtesy of the Katie Porter for Congress campaign.

Consumer advocate turned UCI Law Professor Katie Porter had her first brushes with politics long before she became a candidate for Congress. As a lawyer, she helped fight predatory lending practices and tackle corrupt Wall Street banks with the likes of Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and President Barack Obama. But it wasn’t until election night 2016, Porter told me in an exclusive interview for the Bros For America podcast, while watching some neighborhood children violently devour the remains of a life-size Hillary Clinton sheet cake (yes, really) that she decided she would run for Congress herself.

Despite the fact that Hillary Clinton carried it in the 2016 election, California’s 45th Congressional District has never seen a Democrat elected to the United States House of Representatives. Orange County, after all, is a traditionally Republican district, and one of the more affluent counties in the state.

Katie Porter and Elizabeth Warren

Katie Porter, candidate for Congress in CA-45, pictured with former law professor, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA),

A year ago, no one would have expected a close race for a Democrat in what has come to be known by most Americans as “the O.C.” A string of popular television shows that glamorized the area in the mid-2000s (“Real Housewives of Orange County,” “Laguna Beach,” and of course “The O.C.”) cemented depictions of Orange County as being uber-rich. And uber-Republican. But the race has become one of the most closely watched in the country, with Porter running neck and neck, and in some polls even leading, over her Republican rival, incumbent Mimi Walters.

After 18 months, I finally found something that I agree with Mimi Walters about. She recently said that she hoped Donald Trump would come to Irvine to campaign for her. I 100% agree, I think it’s a fabulous idea.

  • Katie Porter on the Bros for America podcast.

Make no mistake: Porter is the underdog in this race, and her poll numbers are a testament to the strength of her campaign on the merits. But she has faced a massive uphill battle from the get-go. Walters, a Trump-acolyte, has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Big Oil and the DeVos family. But Porter, who is endorsed by End Citizens United, has refused to accept a cent of corporate PAC money.

But the Democrat understands this district in ways that Mimi Walters never could. Walters has never lived in the district, and Porter believes this will give her the advantage necessary to wrestle this crucial seat away from the GOP.  In short? You’re in Katie Porter’s house now.

Porter expects that this is because the people of Irvine simply care about families, community, and education, in a way that Trump does not. (“No one moves to Irvine for the nightlife,” Porter joked). When Walters aligns herself with Trump, she aligns herself with his constant barrage of amoral, offensive scandal and bombast. And that’s just not the people of Irvine. By contrast, Porter, a working mom of three whose average campaign contribution amounts to 14 dollars and refuses to accept corporate PAC money, is the perfect person to seize on these failures.

Check out our exclusive interview to hear her tackle student loans, the Trump tax scam, Mimi Walters, Donald Trump, and detractors of the Robert Mueller investigation. Interested in donating to Katie Porter’s campaign?  You can do so, and learn more about her, at her official campaign website, or shoot her a message on social media.

Bros for America is a progressive political podcast available on all major outlets, including iTunes, Spotify, Google! Podcasts, and more. It is executive produced and hosted/moderated by Alex Mohajer and features co-hosts Thomas McAbee, Rance Collins, and Daniel Fusselman. The theme music is Operatic 3 by Vibe Mountain. The interstitial music is “House of Cards (Theme)” by Jeff Beal, and the closing theme music is It’s Always Too Late To Start Over by Chris Zabriskie. Bros for America is produced using Audacity, BluBrry/PowerPress, and E-Camm Tools. Special thanks to guest Katie Porter, Nicholas Pedreira, Hillary Clinton, Nelson Melegrito, and Matt Garrett.

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Named one of OUT Magazine's 100 Most Eligible Bachelors of 2017, Alex Mohajer is a controversial up-and-coming political writer and commentator whose unapologetic post-election commentary made him one of the most shared contributors at The Huffington Post. He is the first journalist in America to openly impugn the presidency of Donald Trump in a major publication. Mohajer is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bros4America (formerly Bros4Hillary), a progressive advocacy organization that gained national recognition during the 2016 presidential election for its efforts to elect Hillary Clinton. Named by LGBTQ Nation to their Top 8 People Working to Elect Hillary Clinton. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Berkeley where he studied politics with progressive champion Robert Reich, and a Juris Doctorate from Chapman University School of Law, where he studied constitutional law with conservative hero Hugh Hewitt. While in law school, he was awarded "Most Likely To Be Held in Contempt" by his graduating class. He has been interviewed for or featured on The Fox News Channel, PolitiFact, The Huffington Post, Washington Post, LA and NY Times, AfterBuzz TV, OUT and Instinct Magazine(s), Dan Savage Blog, TheWrap, Yahoo News, New York Public Radio, The David Pakman Show, The Ann Walker Show, the Hugh Hewitt Show, and more. Alex is an author, public/motivational speaker, and an award-winning singer, actor, and solo artist who was nominated for a 2016 Broadway World Award for Best Male Cabaret Artist. Alex lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Bruce Wayne. Press inquiries and bookings: