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CA. Political Giant Dymally Speaks at Democratic Fund-Raiser

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The Honorable Mervyn Dymally, one of the most significant and influential figures on the California and national political stage in the last forty years, spoke at a fund-raiser this week in support of the campaigns of Democratic candidates Louis Vandenburg (nominee US Congress, 44th district) Robert Melsh (nominee State assembly, 64th district).

The event was held at the Holiday Inn Select in downtown Riverside. Dr. Dymally kicked off the Democratic Party's fall campaign effort in Riverside. The party nominees also spoke, as well as Riverside Mayor Ronald Loveridge. "Dr. Dymally predicted 20 years ago the state's minority population would be majority by 2000. No one believed him so they called in Harris Poll who confirmed the prediction," Mayor Loveridge explained. Vandenburg and Melsh both spoke of the importance of the Democratic presence in the county. Vandenburg spoke about his opponent calling him a puppet for the Republican Party. "My opponent (Ken Calvert) is a nice person however, he listens way too much to Tom Delay and other Republicans who give him his marching orders. He needs to be replaced," said Vandenburg. Each candidate welcomed Dymally who spoke on the impending war referring to it as the "Bush war." Dymally has studied terrorism for over 20 years and he said we have to understand people in these countries don't hate us they hate the policies of our government. Policies that have assassinated leaders, placed dictators over the people. Our foreign policies are the problem. The people of any country would come to America in a flash,² he said. Dymally has won the Assembly seat in predominately Democratic districts and is certain to return to Sacramento. "There are so many things yet I must do," he said. Born in the British Colony of Trinidad in the West Indies, Dymally's formidable lifetime of political experience ranges from the local to the global. Beginning his political activity in the 1960 Kennedy Presidential campaign, he later served in the California state Assembly from 1962 to 1966, in the Senate from 1966 to 1974 and then as the state's Lt. Governor. He was the first African American to be elected to the state Senate, and the first person of color to be elected as Lt. Governor. Following his service as Lt. Governor, Dymally made a successful run for Congress.

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