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10-24-16:  OC Register Opinion Letters

Incumbency shouldn't be sole qualifier

10-22-16:  LA Times Daily Pilot

Mailbag: Readers weigh in on national, local politics

10-12-16:  The Voice of OC

Dr. Sue Savary Outraged by her Opponent’s (Rep. Dana Rohrabacher) Comments Supporting Trump

10-13-16:  OC Register Opinion Letters

Rohrabacher needs to be replaced

10-10-16:  The Voice of OC

Mooney: Rohrabacher and Climate Change 

09-08-16:  OC Register Opinion Letters

GOP has more skeletons than just Trump

09-04-16:  OC Register Opinion Letters

The congressman of the Kremlin

09-02-16:  LA Times Daily Pilot

Mailbag: Congressman's support for Putin's Russia puzzles

06-30-16:  OC Register Opinion Letters

‘The Kremlin’s Congressman’

06-08-16:  OC Register Opinion Letters

Unworthy of praise

03-09-16:  LA Times Daily Pilot

Commentary: Letter overstated congressman's role in water bill

03-22-16:  LA Times Daily Pilot

Commentary: Letter overstated congressman's role in water bill

01-29-16:  OC Register Opinion Letters

Rohrabacher missing in action

11-05-15:  OC Register Opinion Letters

A dangerous mix




I have read “Dana Rohrabacher has returned federal funds to our district” by Shawn Dewane in the February 23, 2016 Daily Pilot.  Dewane’s claim that Scott Baugh would have the “big shoes” of Rohrabacher to fill if he were to be elected to Congress is deceptive.

Rohrabacher’s 26 year performance in Congress has been remarkably weak (small shoes) and neither Rohrabacher nor Baugh should be in Congress, particularly if Baugh is just going to fill the same old small shoes.

The anger that is evident in the Republican electorate’s rejection of the establishment candidates and embrace of the outsider is to be expected under the rule that “you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” Rohrabacher is emblematic of the legislators who need rejecting.

Let’s first dispel Dewane’s attempt to fool us. He makes the exaggerated and deceptive implied claim that Rohrabacher alone brought federal funds back to O.C. for the ground water replenishment system.  It turns out that Rohrabacher was only a co-sponsor of the bill that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez sponsored and led for several years and pushed through Congress.

We know that Rohrabacher didn’t sponsor the bill because reports, as of January,that he has sponsored 305 bills over his 26 years in congress, but has only gotten 3 of them passed into law.  The most recent law passed was12 years ago (2004).  None of the laws were related to water projects.

Consistent with this poor performance, according to the January 11, 2016 O.C. Register’s “Two from O.C. among Congress’ ‘most effective,’ “Rohrabacher was not among the most effective.  Actually, he was Orange County’s worst Republican congressman based on Legislative Effectiveness Scores.

Further on the water replenishment bill, after the bill was enacted, the GOP co-sponsors, including Rohrabacher, discontinued their support of funding the expansion of the water replenishment system in 2010 with their misguided moratorium on congressional directed spending.

This unilateral and extreme moratorium is inconsistent with good governance and spending problems could have been dealt with in a bipartisan manner, rather than such drastic and questionable actions.  When I was growing up my best friend’s father was a Republican congressman and he made the appeal to a “common ground” approach to politics.  This is a far cry from the obstructionist GOP and their supporters like Rohrabacher, who have refused for the last several years to bring back our district’s tax money to federally fund badly needed local projects.

I am running for Congress to replace Rohrabacher to give voters in the 48th Congressional District the choice they deserve for a better representative who will not fool them, but fight for them on many fronts. I will specifically return voter’s tax dollars back to our district for critically important infrastructure improvements. Voters in the 48th District have a true choice in 2016.

Suzanne Savary, Ph.D, resident of Balboa Island, candidate for the 48th Congressional District






Election 2016: Can a candidate win without using “voter anger?” – a conversation with Sue Savary, candidate for Congress

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 06:02 PM PST

Pretend, for the moment, that this year’s electioneering could look different than it does.  Imagine that the candidates’ bellowing, and the media hype, about “voter anger” were to be replaced with other messages.  For example:  Perhaps there could be more meaningful and detailed discussions about policy positions and growth proposals?  Would not that make for more informed voting decisions?  I think most people would answer that last question with a big “YES!”

But, the reality is that “voter anger” – whatever that really means – has been a dominate political theme for most of the last year, and will continue in that way for the rest of 2016.

Leaving aside the presidential aspirants, there must be other candidates – perhaps candidates for Congress – whose message is not dominated by references to voter anger.  Change can be done constructively and without rancor, whether from one side of the political spectrum or the other.  There must be some candidates out there who are brave enough to appeal to voters’ intelligence instead of simply seeking to amplify emotions.

And so I finally wade into the mission of analyzing the issues and candidates of this year’s election by starting locally. Can I find a local candidate for Congress with a message of constructive change that has little or nothing to do with voter anger?

I found one.

This one is a Democrat.  (Maybe there’s a Republican for another time.)  She is a Democrat who has no trouble embracing ideas that are comfortable for Republicans and other conservatives as well, too.  And she does this in the spirit that “all things are possible;” anger is not needed, nor would it be helpful.

Dr. Suzanne Savary is a Democratic candidate for Congress in the 48th Congressional District in California.  That area is coastal Orange County – from Seal Beach at its northern end, to Laguna Beach at its southern reach, and a few miles inland.  Its wealth and income levels are above mean and median.  The District is currently represented by 14-term Republican Dana Rohrabacher, who was first voted into Congress in the election of 1988.  The District has a decades’ long record of a Republican voting majority – although it interrupted consistency with a vote for Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election – and Rohrabacher will stand for re-election.  With the additional advantage of incumbency, it would be no surprise if Rohrabacher were confident of victory.

In fact, Savary and Rohrabacher faced off in the last election in 2014.  Rohrabacher, of course, won handily.  So, why would Savary want to try again?

As it turned out, she had several good answers to that question.

2014 was Savary’s first – and, until now, only – try for elective office.  Now, in 2016, that has to count for something in an election year in which voters seem to place a premium on candidates whose careers have been something other than politics.  She seems happy to look at 2014 as a novice’s learning experience, with lessons, and a certain amount of legacy campaign organization, that can help produce a better campaign the second time around.  Also, 2016 could see a larger turnout of Democratic voters than was the case in the last election.

Savary positions herself as the Democrat candidate who is proud of her political affiliation, and at the same time is equally sincere in promoting a pro-business theme.  She sees that as a way of accelerating local economic and employment growth while maintaining a commitment to addressing root causes of income and wealth inequities, including constrained employment and educational opportunities.  She emphasizes small and medium sized businesses as those providing the best fit in the Congressional District’s cities.

There is nothing particularly novel about that message.  It sounds somewhat Clinton-esque, in the sense of the Bill Clinton administrations of the 1990s, although Savary did not try to make that connection.  Instead, she draws on her extensive experience in management consulting and on her time on the faculty of the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, where she taught on the subject of management and communications.

And so, there will be a Democratic candidate in the 48th Congressional District who can make a very convincing case that she can best represent the business development needs of the local cities to the nation’s government in Washington, D.C.  Rohrabacher can disagree with Savary on that, but he could find himself forced into a defensive position because of Savary’s business background and credibility.  She has the ability to occupy space that is traditionally Republican turf.

Savary is challenging the established order of things, but without the need to appeal to voter anger.  She speaks instead in positive and optimistic terms about the boundlessness of America’s future, both locally and nationally.  In her words, now is the “time to accomplish bold things.”  She is eager to present herself to the electorate by saying that “bold things” ought to include policies to stimulate business formation, job creation, empowerment of women and families, enhancement of educational opportunities, rethinking foreign policy, additional space exploration – a full spectrum of things, from the work-a-day needs of employees and business owners, to the wide-open visions of developing and using new technologies.

California’s June 7 primary election will be Savary’s electoral gateway to competing against Congressman Rohrabacher in the November contest.  California runs a jungle primary – only the top two finishers, regardless of party affiliation, advance to November.  She will compete against other Democrats; Rohrabacher is unlikely to face any Republican challengers.

California’s 48CD has a largely conservative and Republican population.  But Savary, as a Democrat, probably has a style that is too conservative for the more liberal type of Democrats who are turning out in relatively large numbers in other parts of the country in voting for Senator Bernie Sanders in the presidential nominating process.  Should Democratic voters in the 48th follow in that same pattern it could hurt her chances to advance beyond the primary election.

If, however, Savary is one of the two finishers who walk out of the June 7 jungle, then her business-aware approach is likely to serve her well in November.

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January 2016:


We did far better than expected in November of 2014 and have filed to enter the 2016 Race to finish the job.

Please join us to bring responsible federal leadership back to coastal Orange County.

Watch this space for updates as we launch our 2016 campaign.



Hi Everybody:


Sue was on Brass Knuckles Progressive Radio this morning and did an excellent job! The link to the show is available here: She starts at about the 0:23:25 mark.










We are so excited that our "Education" and "Retire Rohrabacher" ads are airing this weekend at the following times on SoCal Time Warner cable system. The ads for tonight, Sunday, November 2nd will be on at the following times on the following stations:


The Coastal zone = LAOS            

                                                       SUN: CNN - 5:16, FOX - 7:48, MSNBC - 5:49


Zip codes included =

92624 Capistrano Beach ● 92629 Dana Point ● 92637 Laguna Woods ● 92651 Laguna Beach ● 92653 Laguna Hills ● 92656 Aliso Viejo ● 92672 San Clemente ● 92673 San Clemente ● 92675 San Juan Capistrano ● 92677 Laguna Niguel


The HB zone = LADH                    


                                                       SUN: CNN - 7:15, FOX - 4:48, MSNBC - 6:49


Zip codes included =


90680 Stanton ● 90720 Los Alamitos ● 90740 Seal Beach ● 90742 Sunset Beach ● 92646 Huntington Beach ● 92647 Huntington Beach ● 92648 Huntington Beach ● 92649 Huntington Beach ● 92655 Midway City ● 92683 Westminster ● 92708 Fountain Valley ● 92804 Anaheim ● 92840 Garden Grove ● 92841 Garden Grove ● 92843 Garden Grove ● 92844 Garden Grove ● 92845 Garden Grove


The South OC zone = LASO

                                                       SUN: CNN - 7:50, FOX - 6:48, MSNBC - 4:29


Zip codes included =

92625 Corona del Mar ● 92626 Costa Mesa ● 92627 Costa Mesa ● 92661 Newport Beach ● 92662 Newport Beach ● 92663 Newport Beach ● 92701 Santa Ana ● 92703 Santa Ana ● 92704 Santa Ana ● 92706 Santa Ana ● 92707 Santa Ana


Hear Dr. Sue Savary on education:


Endorsements for Dr. Sue Savary are shown here (pdf):

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