Democratic challenger hits Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Russia

To Inform is to Influence

MARCH 15, 2017

Sarah D. Wire

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s long-running defense of Russia is the centerpiece of a new online ad from one of his 2018 opponents, Laguna Beach real estate businessman and attorney Harley Rouda.

The ad, which will run on Facebook, begins with several recent interviews by Rohrabacher focused on Russia or nearby Baltic states.

Rouda, 55, then asks the camera: “Had enough of him? I have.”

Rouda calls Rohrabacher “one of the most entrenched members of Washington’s establishment.” He says that if he is elected to replace the Orange County Republican, he would get “tough on Russia.”

Two congressional committees are investigating alleged Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Rohrabacher has been dismissive of concerns that Russia tried to interfere, saying that the United States has interfered in the elections of other countries.

Though political challengers have tried using Rohrabacher’s outspoken defense of Russia against him in…

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