In 2012, GOP incumbent Dan Lungren lost his reelection bid to Democrat Ami Berra. Larry Sabato’s crystal ball has this contest in the Leans Democrat category for 2014. Over the next year this contest may be viewed differently with this candidate who knows how to first win the argument and then win the election.
From his website:
Igor Birman was born in the Soviet Union and learned at a young age what it means to live in a society that suppresses freedom. That experience has driven him to be an ardent and dedicated advocate for preserving freedom as the cornerstone of American public policy.
Igor Birman came to the United States as a refugee in 1994 and grew up in California. He refers to becoming a U.S. Citizen at the age of 19 as the proudest moment of his life. He is a graduate of UC Davis with a BA in Political Science and holds a Doctor of Law degree from Emory University. He is a member of the California Bar.
In 2009, he was asked by Congressman Tom McClintock to serve as his Chief of Staff. In that role, Igor served as Congressman McClintock’s senior policy and strategy advisor, responsible for both Washington, DC and district offices, before recently taking a leave of absence to run for Congress.
Igor Birman resides in Rancho Cordova. In his spare time, he is an instrument-rated private pilot and avid skier.
We left behind a tyrannical system, determined to control every aspect of its subjects’ lives. Now, the same forces appear to be at the forefront of our national debate on health care.
I saw hospitals devoid of basic supplies, anesthesia treated as a luxury item and hot water more difficult to obtain than attention from an orderly. A severe shortage of medications persisted, to the point where patients were refused hospitalization if they could not procure their own drugs.
It was commonplace for an elderly person to call an ambulance and be told that he was simply too old and no help would be coming. The state decided who lived and who died. This was real. This was government-run health care as I knew it.
There was another world I wasn’t privileged to see. In the true spirit of socialism, the Soviet State chose not to consign high-ranking party members, bureaucrats, military officers and other worthy individuals to the public system.
Instead, it created a separate world of plentiful doctors and first-rate hospitals, with such luxuries as uninterrupted electricity and modern x-ray machines to which entry for the rest of us was closed at gunpoint.
Misery is par for the course when government dictates winners and losers. It doesn’t stop at international borders – it is the product of tyranny, where the ability to make choices about something as intimate as health care is taken by the government and rationed in accordance to its whims. As the public option becomes reality and one day turns into a public obligation, the misery I encountered threatens a frightening déjà vu.
FreedomWorks has endorsed Igor, as has Rep. McClintock. Below is his announcement speech that he is running for congress in California’s 7th congressional district.