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CA-45 ICYMI: Steel Faces Growing Pressure as California’s Highest Ranking Korean-American State Elected Official Condemns Her Racist Campaign Tactics

Nov 01, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
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GARDEN GROVE, CA – Yesterday, State Senator Dave Min, released a statement to the press condemning Michelle Steel for her racist campaign attacks against Lt. Commander Jay Chen. Senator Min’s release comes after the LA Times covered Steel’s ‘McCarthyism’ tactics and a protest by AAPI community groups outside her campaign office on Saturday.

Read the full release here.

“It heartens me that Senator Min and the AAPI community stand with me against these false and dangerous claims that are inciting fear and hate throughout California’s 45th congressional district,” said Lt. Commander Jay Chen (res). “The constituents of CA-45 deserve a representative who leads with a vision and solutions for our country instead of lies and false narratives. That’s why I am focusing on the issues voters care about: lowering costs, making our communities safer, and fighting for women to have the right to make their own health care decisions.”

National AAPI groups and leaders have been united in condemning Michelle Steel’s racist campaign tactics:

  • LA Times 10/29/22: California congresswoman faces accusations of ‘McCarthyism’ from AAPI groups over campaign ads
  • LAist 10/28/22: Backlash From AAPI Groups Grows Over Rep. Steel’s ‘Red-Baiting’ Campaign
  • World Journal 10/29/22 (Chinese): The scene of Chinese protests against Michelle Steel’s smear campaign is hot
  • The Committee of 100, a group of influential Chinese American leaders called on Rep. Michelle Steel to remove her false and hateful attack ads.
  • Following Steel’s release of a xenophobic ad attacking Lt. Commander Jay Chen, Asian Americans for Good Government PAC issued a statement denouncing the racist attacks and rescinded their endorsement of her campaign.
  • The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Leadership PAC denounced Steel’s dangerous campaign tactics last week.


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