Steel: Rouda’s silence is tacit approval of defunding police

Rouda backers in OC calling for defunding, endorsed by Indivisible
Steel leads passage of Police Appreciation Day

 Huntington Beach – Harley Rouda has spent weeks dodging the issue. Now, as L.A. County begins the process and Rouda’s supporters descend on the Orange County Board of Supervisors calling for defunding police, his silence makes one thing abundantly clear: Harley Rouda is all in on defunding local police departments.  
 
“There’s no other way to read Harley Rouda’s long-running silence on the issue of defunding our local police department other than that he clearly supports this radical effort,” Michelle Steel said. “Despite calls from Rouda’s supporters yesterday to cut police contracts and begin the process of defunding our local law enforcement, I was proud to stand up and say no and instead lead the effort to establish a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day this August.”

Calls from Steel and the National Republican Congressional Committee to address the dangerous issue of defunding local police departments have gone unanswered by Rouda, who is afraid of offending the far-left factions endorsing him in this election. 
 
Rouda recently announced he was proud to have received the endorsement of Indivisible, one of the leading organizations calling for defunding local police departments. This endorsement coupled with his silence is tacit approval of the defunding movement.
 
“During COVID-19, public safety is one of our top concerns in Orange County – defunding our local police departments would be dangerous for our local families,” Steel said. 
 

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