On the election night of March 3rd, 2020 — I looked back to a yearlong campaign struggle. We had come far with just 5 close friends and 20 student interns. That has been the political story of my life. Every political run was an anomaly, that no one gave a fighting chance for. But we always won! We are 8–0 so far. And on that day, once again, we lived to fight another day…
That day is coming….November 3rd. Today, we look back at the last 8 months — phase 2 — of our grassroots campaign with over a thousand volunteers, over 50 town hall meetings, over 100,000 doors, and a million phone calls, 1.2 million hits to our TikTok videos. During the pandemic, my team called 86,000 seniors offering help with groceries, medication and masks. Hundreds of our volunteers helped thousands of neighbors. That is the diligence I will bring as your next Congressional Representative.
My political journey started in 2012 when a state senator invited me to a meeting and asked me to run for a position within the CA Democratic Party. Why me? I was very surprised at winning the Executive Board and Delegate position — the top vote getter. I was also surprised when the establishment-entitled party insiders hurled abuses at my win. I had apparently done nothing to deserve a seat on the table. I shrugged my shoulders, I pushed ahead to discover a platform and success applying the tech “getting things done” approach. The results were very encouraging. But, I had to work 10 times harder and found myself an easy target for everyone — as I never had the so-called “powers that be” supporting my run.
This congressional run has not been easy as well. The establishment of Silicon Valley has cast aspersions, made up false rumors, and pressurized people to pull endorsements. Even news reports targeted me with “an axe to grind.” My own turned me over for absolutely nothing. But I will fight with and for integrity.
Rep. Anna Eshoo has not had a serious challenger in 28 years, has not demonstrated integrity, is out of touch, has not solved problems, yet, organizations that told me that Rep. Eshoo has never been there for them, have still endorsed her in spite of a hollow ring that it produces. It is never easy! My recent debate on such topics with Rep. Eshoo over zoom set the stark difference between my candidacy and hers. This is why we will win again on November 3rd.
My run seeks to bring ethical integrity into politics by NEVER accepting PAC money or Special Interest Group money. I bring a result-driven outcome to challenge the Washington status quo and divisive partisan politics. America is ready for a new leadership.
Now is NOT the time to sit on the sidelines. I invite you to jump in. Let us team up and win — take the progressive values to Washington. I promise you — I will never let you down!
🇺🇸 Rishi Kumar 🇺🇸
Candidate for United States Representative, California’s district 18