Hates Gays But Loves Russia – Is Rohrabacher Our Worst Congressman?

Congress has an approval rating of just 18 percent, so choosing just one legislator as the worst of them all might be too tall a task given the strength of the competition. That said, one of the top contenders has to be U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who represents California’s 48 district and has been in the House since 1989.

What makes Rohrabacher so bad?

  • He’s called climate change a “total fraud” and used his position on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to undermine relevant environmental science.
  • He’s equated Obamacare with socialism and continually beat the drum to repeal it.
  • He’s voted against the Violence Against Women Act.
  • He’s shown no mercy on anything related to undocumented immigrants and has been accused of threatening to call ICE on the family of a young immigrant he met with.

The only vaguely progressive thing about Rohrabacher is his support of legalizing marijuana, a stance he seems to have adopted after industry lobbyists agreed to funnel loads of money towards his campaigns. It’s green for green, if you will.

This past week, Rohrabacher involved himself in yet another controversy when he told a group of realtors that he supported the idea that people could refuse to sell houses to members of the LGBTQ community. “Every homeowner should be able to make a decision not to sell their home to someone [if] they don’t agree with their lifestyle,” he said.

He subsequently insisted that this stance doesn’t make him anti-LGBT, but in support of Christian’s rights (to discriminate). Not only does that note make sense, but his prior votes to block LGBT discrimination in the workplace and pass a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage suggest otherwise.

“We’ve drawn a line on racism,” Rohrabacher said. “But I don’t think we should extend that line.” What a sweet sentiment – there’s been too much progress to stop you from selling your house to someone on the basis of that person’s race, but let’s not get so crazy that we can’t discriminate against someone on the basis of their sexual orientation!

By now, it’s pretty clear that he’s terrible – but what sets him apart as possibly the worst? His highly questionable ties to Russia. No other member of Congress has defended Putin and Russia more, and the Kremlin even developed a code name for him and considered him an intelligence asset. During the 2016 campaign, he was caught taking a meeting with Russians and Michael Flynn. The other day he declared Julian Assange a “very honorable man.”

Rohrabacher’s colleague, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, was infamously caught on tape telling fellow Republicans that he believes Trump and Rohrabacher are on Putin’s payroll “swear to God.” He initially denied making the comments until the tape surfaced, at which point he insisted they were a joke.

If Rohrabacher is colluding with Russia as so many seem to suspect, his traitorous ways would certainly elevate him from bad to one of Congress’s worst. The incumbency advantage makes him likely to advance through his June 5 primary, but we ought to give support to whomever his general election opponent is. (California’s primaries put the top two vote-getters regardless of party against each other.) The American people deserve much better representation than this guy.

Photo Credit: Dana RohrabacherGage Skidmore

57 comments

Marie W
Marie W4 months ago

Thanks.

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Susanne R
Susanne R10 months ago

He might be, but he's got a lot of competition. To my surprise, when I turned off the television last night, he was ahead of the field for his House seat in the California primary. I checked a few minutes ago, and both he and Devin Nunez (ugh!) won their House primaries. What are people thinking?

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DAVID fleming
Past Member 10 months ago

Noted

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Karen H
Karen H10 months ago

I have a theory that, once politicians get into office they lose all semblance of intelligence.

The Constitution gives us religious freedom, but people like Trump and Rohrabacher insist on making it their religion. My religious belief is simple: Treat others like I'd like them to treat me. Period. If a homeowner doesn't want to sell to LGBTQ, fine, but they may have their house on the market forever. My misrepresentative, Marco Rubio, voted against Violence Against Women because "it would protect women in same-sex relationships." Gee, Marco, don't we deserve protection? Unlike people I know (including relatives) who vote party line simply because they're Republican, I carefully vet each and every candidate. What nuances are in their speeches? Do they talk out of one side of their mouth? Do they try to appease everybody (which means they'll please nobody)? Are their promise so outrageous they're damn sure to be dropped by the wayside?

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pam w
pam w10 months ago

Why not send him to Russia? Wouldn't that be perfect? VOTE HIM OUT!

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Susanne R
Susanne R10 months ago

RE: Hates Gays But Loves Russia – Is Rohrabacher Our Worst Congressman?

He might be, but he has a lot of competition. Let's not forget about Mitch McConnell who made it "priority one" to make President Obama a single-term president. So much for bipartisanship and patriotism. Or Joe Wilson, the big nothing who called President Obama a liar --for the world to see-- during a speech to a joint session of Congress. And then there's Glenn Grothman (D-Rep) who believes that men should be paid more than women because they're the "breadwinners." Really? My sister supported herself and her children --one of them developmentally disabled-- without the assistance of her cheating husband, who ran off with another woman and started another family and a whole new life.

So many uninformed, self-serving, racist hypocrites --but so little time...

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DAVID fleming
Past Member 10 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Paul B
Paul B10 months ago

Mike, you should try cleaning up your own house before throwing mud balls at others.

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Richard B
Past Member 10 months ago

How wrong can you be?

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Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly10 months ago

Noted Russian Troll, Paul "B: (for "Bot") is still stuck in his Internet Research Agency replay loop. It must be very hard for him, sitting there in his cubicle in the IRA office in St. Petersburg, Russia. His handlers have no new fake stories, so he's tasked with posting another fake distraction.

"Look over there! It's a small shiny object twirling in the wind".

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