Commentary by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
Elizabeth Emken, the woman the California Republican Party has endorsed to unseat incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein grew up in Seal Beach, attending Los Alamitos schools.
The Republican-endorsed Senate candidate looking to unseat entrenched incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein has deep roots in Seal Beach and Los Alamitos.
Raised in Seal Beach’s College Park East neighborhood, Elizabeth Emken graduated from Weaver Elementary School, Pine Jr. High and Los Alamitos High in the class of 1981. Emken moved north to Danville, California to raise her family and kickoff her political career, but her local roots remain deep, according to her mother, Dorothy Neblett.
A mother of three, Emken’s senate campaign this year has already picked up speed with the recent endorsement from the California Republican Party.
Elizabeth with her husband of 26 years, Craig, their two daughters, and a 19 year old son, Alex,
“This was a humbling experience and a tremendous honor to receive the Party’s endorsement,” said Emken. “I look forward to the challenge ahead and have started immediately by building a strong partnership with Chairman Del Beccaro and Republican leaders as we work toward victory together.”
Emken left corporate America at IBM, after her son, now 19, was diagnosed with autism. She most recently served as vice president of governmental relations for Autism Speaks, a national nonprofit organization that bills itself as the cause’s largest U.S. advocacy group.
Despite different locations Diane Feinstein and Elizabeth Emken spent their formative years, their views on California and The United States’ direction could not be more different.
Dianne Feinstein and the socialist/progressive view of America.
Emken has been firm in her stance on hot-button issues, namely: she staunchly opposes abortion, while Feinstein has always been a fierce advocate.
On Taxes, Elizabeth would favor lowering them and revamping the current IRS code. Feinstein votes 96% of the time to raise taxes, apparently unaware that raising taxes and the possibility of Obama Care are the main impediment to new job creation.
Feinstein right in line with creation of the Nanny State. Emken believes in individual freedom and reject categorically Feinstein’s vision of tyrannical rule.
Emken strongly supports drilling for oil off the California coast and horizontal drilling in CA., along with drilling in the Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota. Once elected, she would immediately sign legislation to begin work on the Keystone Pipeline. Feinstein has repeatedly blocked any efforts to increase the U.S. production of Oil. Said simply Elizabeth Emken favors energy independence for America, Feinstein will do everything possible voting to keep America dependent on foreign oil.
Feinstein is a supporter of so-called man caused C02 induced climate change, Emken sees it for what it really is, another way to redistribute wealth backed by no honest science.
On the Second Amendment, Elizabeth is a strong supporter and defender, while Feinstein’s anti Second Amendment views are legendary
On health care, Emken would work to block, repeal or amend the health care reform legislation if it were not found Unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court.
On Obama’s ill-fated health care law, candidate Emken said, “It’s bad policy that doesn’t solve the basic problems in our health care system,” while Feinstein was a major proponent.
On immigration, she has supported Arizona’s controversial law as well as beefing up our border fence along Mexico, even if it requires bringing in soldiers to guard it. That’s in addition to cracking down on employers who hire people from outside the country. Feinstein supported the president while largely remaining silent.
On spending, Emken would look for cuts in all entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare. Feinstein and her party prefers to do nothing which will ensure the ultimate failure of these programs.
Feinstein, ever the follower, is right in line with the rest of the progressives in her party trying to scare the elderly when no Republican proposal will touch anyone receiving benefits or near receiving them. In addition the Republican plan is optional, and individual may opt in or opt out. Quite a bit different from Obama Care that forces participation.
Candidate Emken has taken the long road to electoral politics. ( See complete story below)
After graduating from UCLA with degrees in economics and political science, Emken worked for IBM for 13 years in financial analysis and corporate operations.
Her life took a sharp turn in 1996 when her 4-year-old son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She remembers kneeling at his bedside and promising she would find out what happened to him and also help other children.
Since then, Emken has advocated for autism research. She has worked with 30 state legislatures as well as Congress on autism legislation. Among other things, she launched a multi-state campaign to secure insurance coverage for autism-related services.
Emken has spent a lot of time the past 14 years in Washington D.C. and what she saw in the nation’s capital bothered her as an activist and as a mother.
“My breadth and depth of experience will be helpful in Washington,” she said. “I know how to take good ideas, turn them into bills and then turn those bills into laws.”
Emken describes herself as a fiscal conservative who has clear positions on an array of issues.
In taking on one of California’s longstanding, political powerhouses, Emken has had to take pains to demonstrate the viability of her campaign. Those pains have payed off as today’s Survey USA Poll taken today shows, the incumbent Feinstein more vulnerable than ever.