John Chiang’s campaign for governor today announced the endorsement of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) California PAC. CAIR CA PAC is the largest political action committee representing the interests of American Muslims and advocates for civil rights, education, the environment, immigration reform, and healthcare reform.
The CAIR CA PAC said in a statement: “The CAIR CA PAC is proud to endorse John Chiang to be California’s next governor. John has stood up to powerful actors in defense of not only the Muslim American community, but communities of all backgrounds and faiths. Whether it was Governor Schwarzenegger, Wells Fargo, or the state legislature, John has held powerful actors accountable for trying to take advantage of our most vulnerable. Time and again, John has shown his willingness to do the right thing, which is why CAIR-CA PAC trusts him to fight for what’s best for our communities.”
“I want to thank the Council on American-Islamic Relations for their endorsement and for fighting for a more inclusive and diverse state,” said Chiang. “In California, we are proud of the rich culture that Muslim Americans bring to our communities. As governor, I promise I will continue to fight for the people who don’t have a voice in our government — especially people of color, immigrants, and low and middle-income communities, who have experienced the type of bigotry my parents faced when they first came to this country so many years ago. I strongly believe that greater inclusion and diversity is not only good for good governance, it crucial for a stronger America.”
The is the latest major endorsement for Chiang’s campaign, joining the California NOW (National Organization for Women); the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats; the Fontana, West Los Angeles, Culver City, and Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Clubs; IBEW Local 47; UNAC/UHCP; AFSCME District Council 36; NPE Action; Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA-38); Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin; the Black Young Democrats of Sacramento; the AAPI Democratic Club of San Diego, and so many more in recent weeks.
As a member of the state Board of Equalization, as state controller, and as state treasurer, Chiang has consistently fought for Californians:
- When Wells Fargo began ripping off hundreds of thousands of innocent Californians and millions of other Americans, including vulnerable seniors, immigrants, veterans, and low-income communities, Chiang imposed sanctions on the bank and cut Wells Fargo off from their most profitable lines of business in California.
- During the 2008 budget stalemate, then-Controller Chiang refused to implement Governor Schwarzenegger’s directive demanding the salaries of more than 200,000 government employees be cut to the federal minimum wage of $6.55 an hour — taking the governor to court to protect the pay of our hardworking public servants.
- By restructuring California’s state debt to generate more than $7 billion for schools, infrastructure, and public safety, Chiang brought back our failing state economy.
- As state treasurer, Chiang has been the state’s leader in working to fund affordable housing, and revamped his office’s affordable housing programs — increasing development by 80% since 2014. He’s now working to place a roof over the heads of an additional four million low and moderate-income Californians in the next decade.
- Chiang was one of the chief architects of Secure Choice/CalSavers — a state sponsored retirement plan that is set to herald in the most significant change to retirement savings since Social Security was enacted in the 1930s, and that will help up to 7.5 million Californians — with almost no cost to the state.
- Chiang’s “30 and 30” plan calls on all corporations doing business with CalPERS and CalSTRS to have a diverse board comprised of at least 30 percent women and 30 percent people of color. 75 percent Treasurer Chiang’s senior leadership in his state office is comprised of women or individuals of color.