Press Releases

 

For Immediate Release

November 2, 2012

 

OTTO LEE ENDORSED BY THE LATINO MAYORS

AND ELECTED OFFICIALS COALITION

 

The Latino Mayors and Elected Officials Coalition has officially endorsed the Otto Lee for Congress campaign. The Latino Mayors and Elected Officials Coalition was created to improve the quality of life of all citizens and in particular Latinos. The group addresses relevant issues such as food distribution, economic development, education, health and water.


Mayor Robert Silva of Mendota had this to say of Otto Lee:


Otto Lee is the best choice to represent the 22nd District of California. Mr. Lee truly cares about the Valley, is the only Spanish-speaking candidate in this Congressional District, and understands the issues we face. Otto is an Iraq veteran who strongly supports the DREAM Act, unlike his opponent Nunes.


Mayor Ruby Dhaliwal of San Joaquin added:


Otto wants to find bipartisan solutions to bring water to the Valley and he desires to create jobs for Valley residents. In my opinion, there is no candidate better suited to represent our District.


Photo Caption: Members of the Coalition of Latino Mayors and Elected Officials supporting Otto Lee. From left to right - Mayor Ruby Dhaliwal of San Joaquin, Mayor Gabriel Jimenez of Orange Grove, Mayor Armando Lopez of Parlier, Otto Lee, Mayor Robert Silva of Mendota, Mayor Silvia Chavez of Huron, and Former Mayor Victor Lopez of Orange Grove.

 

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For Immediate Release

October 31, 2012

 

LETTER OF SUPPORT TO VICTIMS OF HURRICANE SANDY

 

I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the millions of Americans who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. There has been so much destruction and loss over the last few days. The impact of this storm on the citizens of the East Coast, and our nation as a whole, will be felt for a long time.


In this time of tragedy, it is very important to recognize the heroes that have surfaced. Many National Guardsmen, First Responders, medical professionals, and thousands of volunteers have performed heroically in the face of tragedy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, has quickly coordinated the people and resources needed to respond to the catastrophe that Hurricane Sandy has left in its wake. After the painful lessons of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, FEMA has transformed and performed remarkably in responding to such a large-scale calamity.


I believe that emergency preparedness is vital to our nation’s security. A professionally trained emergency response coordination team must be ready when disaster strikes to help mitigate damage. Therefore, FEMA must be fully funded and strengthened so that when a natural disaster strikes any part of the country it will be ready to provide whatever assistance that may be necessary to state and local agencies. For us living in California, the question about the next big earthquake is not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when.” It is imperative that we are even more prepared and vigilant as earthquakes occur suddenly and without warning, unlike a hurricane.


The road to recovery from Hurricane Sandy will be challenging. Over the next days, weeks, and months as the East Coast begins to recover and rebuild we must unite to support our fellow Americans. In addition to prayers, I urge every one to consider supporting by action by either donating blood to the Red Cross or sending monetary donations. Working together as a nation, we shall overcome.


With deepest admiration to our fellow Americans,


Otto Lee


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For Immediate Release

October 22, 2012

 

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF FRESNO CANCELS

CANDIDATE FORUM WITH OTTO LEE AND DEVIN NUNES

 

The Otto Lee for Congress campaign has just been informed that the League of Women Voters in Fresno is cancelling their candidate forum that was to be held on October 23rd between Otto Lee and Devin Nunes. The League explains the reason they are canceling the forum:


“Neither Mr. Nunes nor his campaign staff has responded to several requests for confirmation of his attendance or absence. Since federal regulations do not allow [the League] to conduct a forum with only one candidate we must cancel this forum.”


This behavior is a slap in the face to the democratic process. Not only has Devin Nunes refused to participate in any type of candidate forum or debate throughout this campaign season, he is not even responding to requests to appear from voter’s groups. Not acknowledging this invitation is an insult to the League of Women Voters and the voters of District 22. By not responding, Mr. Nunes is showing that he does not think the League to be worth his time and that voters do not deserve to have access to their candidates.


When asked why he thinks Mr. Nunes refuses to even respond to requests to appear at forums, Otto Lee responded that:


“Devin Nunes does not respect our district’s voters. By not participating in forums or debates, he is alienating himself from the voters he purports to represent. He is hiding behind closed doors because he is afraid to face voters and answer the tough questions about our district, his policies, and his questionable Congressional track record.”


Mr. Lee has not only been present at numerous candidate forums when Mr. Nunes has not, he has issued an open invitation to Mr. Nunes to participate in in any sort of debate or candidate forum at a time and location convenient for Mr. Nunes. Like many concerned voters, Mr. Lee believes that debate between candidates and voter access to candidates is fundamental to the way our government functions. The League of Women Voters is grateful to Mr. Lee for his beliefs and enthusiasm about participating in their forum. They hope that Mr. Nunes eventually finds the time to take this district and its voters seriously:


“Please thank Mr. Lee for his willingness to take part in the forum. We hope that he will have other opportunities to debate Mr. Nunes.”


Is this Otto Lee or Clint Eastwood? Pictured above is a debate sponsored by the Dolores Huerta Foundation in Woodlake, CA from early October, one of the many instances Devin Nunes has failed to take part in a candidate forum. Photo courtesy of Otto Lee for Congress

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For Immediate Release

September 12, 2012

 

 Killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya

 

 

It is with great sadness we received news of U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens’ death yesterday. Ambassador Stevens and Otto Lee attended the same undergraduate and graduate universities (UC Berkeley, UC Hastings College of the Law), and shared many of the same values that propelled them into public service to our nation. Their mutual unwavering commitment to representing our nation’s foreign policy, national security and long-term interests led them both down similar paths, with one choosing the Foreign Service, the other serving as a Commander in the U.S. Navy.


In keeping with the finest traditions of service to our nation, Ambassador Stevens was passionate about his mission, and worked tirelessly during the recent civil uprising in Libya, being one of the first Americans to assume a post in Benghazi. Having also recently served in the Middle East during combat operations, Otto also personally experienced the dangers involved in serving in this part of the world. Ambassador Stevens was certainly aware of the risks involved in his mission; nevertheless, he gladly performed his role with the same dedication to duty.


In a statement posted today on the U.S. Embassy site in Tripoli, Libya, Secretary Clinton said, “Chris was committed to advancing America's values and interests, even when that meant putting himself in danger.” In that sense, it was his personal commitment to representing the United States abroad, and to the greater world community that set Chris Stevens apart from the crowd. We remember Ambassador Christopher Stevens as one of our nation’s finest diplomats who died in service to our country.


Addressing the news this morning, Otto remarked, “[T]he University of California community is saddened at our loss, as are all of us who have chosen public service as our calling. As a husband and father of young children, I feel particularly sad for Chris’s family. We shall include them in our thoughts and prayers. However, we cannot permit this to sway us from our continued commitment to public service, and Chris would not have wanted that. As we mourn his tragic and senseless passing during these recent upheavals instigated by religious fervor and intolerance, we must consciously recommit ourselves to the long-term goals of peace, tolerance and to improving the human condition both domestically and abroad.”


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For Immediate Release

September 11, 2012

 

 We Will Never Forget

 

To My Fellow Americans:

Eleven years ago, an individual enacted a plot to destroy America, not just the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, the US Capitol, but our freedom, and our way of life. This man eluded capture for many years, and at times, it felt as if he’d gotten away with murder. The murder of nearly three thousand Americans.

But justice was served. Thanks to the perseverance of the men and women in our armed forces, intelligence community, law enforcement, we were able to pinpoint this evil mastermind and bring to him what was long overdue. The message accompanying his death was clear: No one will ever harm innocent Americans and get away with it – justice will be served.

Since 9/11, America has been at war. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to serve in Baghdad in 2009 and to have helped to bring all of our troops home from Iraq in 2011. Yet, despite this and numerous other milestones of our path to progress, and despite the many scars that have since healed, we must never forget. We must never forget the sacrifices of those lost on September 11th. We must never forget the sacrifices our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have since made in order to preserve our freedom and our way of life.

Moving forward, we must work together to ensure that plots like the one enacted over a decade ago remain unrealized and that our country continues on, stronger than ever. We must ensure the sacrifices made by our veteran community have not been in vain.

Please take a moment to thank our service members and their families. We must uphold our promise to provide the best services to our veterans for what they have done for all of us.



God Bless America,


Otto Lee

 

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For Immediate Release

August 18, 2012

 

 Press Release: Grand Opening of Otto’s 2nd Campaign Office

 

 

The Otto For Congress campaign celebrated the grand opening of its second campaign headquarter located in the Fresno County on Saturday, 8/18, in addition to its first office located in the Tulare County. This Fresno office, located at 1265 W. Shaw Ave, Ste. 108., will be crucial in the campaign’s drive to secure a victory for Otto in California’s 22nd Congressional District this November.  Many supporters packed the office to join in the celebration where they were welcomed by Otto and encouraged to ask him about the issues they cared about.

Attendees signed up to block walk, volunteer to man the new office, and phone bank to spread the word that Otto is a bipartisan leader who will work with Democrats and Republicans to create more good-paying jobs, increase water allocation to the Central Valley, protect Social Security and Medicare, and to protect veterans services.

The Fresno office of Otto For Congress will be open from 10 AM to 6 PM, 7 days a week, all the way through Election Day on November 6th."

For additional information, contact Tracy Whitten, Otto for Congress Regional Field Director for Fresno County, at 559-579-694 or email tracy@ottoforcongress.org.

Otto Lee is a father, Iraq War Veteran, and small business owner running to represent the new 22nd District including Tulare and Fresno counties.

 

 

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For Immediate Release

August 12, 2012

 

 Tulare County Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening a Success

 

 

On Sunday (8/12), the Otto for Congress campaign celebrated the grand opening of its Tulare County campaign headquarters. Over 40 Tulare County residents and friends of congressional candidate, Otto Lee, attended this grand opening to check out the campaign’s new digs, located at 2950 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, California.

Fueled by sweet treats, drinks, and some freshly-picked pluots, everyone gathered to show their support for Otto in the November 6th General Election. This campaign office will be the center of the campaign’s drive to secure a victory for Otto in the Tulare County in November.

Volunteers signed up to block walk and phone bank to spread the word that Otto is a bipartisan leader who will work with Republicans and Democrats to increase water to the Central Valley, protect Social Security and Medicare, and to protect veterans services.

For additional information, contact Louie Campos, Otto for Congress Regional Field Director for Tulare County, at 559.493.9718 or email louie@ottoforcongress.org.

Otto Lee is a father, Iraq War Veteran, and small business owner running to represent the new 22nd District including Tulare and Fresno counties.

We appreciate everyone’s support.  Please do consider in making a contribution online by clicking the CONTRIBUTE button below or mail us a check as any amount will make a difference to help Otto win! 

 

 

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For Immediate Release

May 30, 2012

 

 

Congressional Candidate Otto Lee Outlines Veterans Policy

 

 

Unemployment Rates, Expanded Benefits Key Issues for Veterans and Their Families

 

FRESNO – Today Otto Lee, candidate for Congressional District 22, outlined his veterans policy, highlighting efforts to address veterans’ unemployment rates and expand benefits for veterans and their families. The unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is 12 percent, and it is 20 percent for those ages 18-24. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must ensure it is meeting the needs of an aging veteran population while confronting the stresses of modern warfare.

 

“It is easy to say that one supports the troops, but we need to make sure that those supporters back that statement with money.” stated Lee. “Service members and military families need all the backing we can offer to them.”

 

“From my years of Navy service, I understand that these ‘benefits’ are really commitments being honored, not government goodies being given out. Our country made promises to our service members for their sacrifices, and reductions and delays in providing them – such as the long wait for the opening of the Fresno veterans home – are unconscionable,” added Lee.

 

Lee’s policy highlights include:

• Tax credits for hiring vets, including those with service-connected disabilities;

• More comprehensive, faster VA support for disabled soldiers and troops separating from service;

• Expanded services for veterans living in rural areas;

• Greater mental health services, including post-traumatic stress disorder support and marriage and family therapists; and

• Greater educational opportunities for vets and, in certain cases, their families.


Lee recently spoke to students at La Sierra Military Academy in Visalia as part of a career day. He joined generations of veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces to discuss their experiences. “It was a great reminder that our vets deserve much recognition and respect for serving our country in so many ways,” Lee said.


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U.S. Navy Reserve Commander Otto Lee, a longtime California resident and 22-year veteran, is a candidate for California’s 22nd Congressional District, consistently answering the call to public service. Commander Lee, recalled to active duty for a yearlong tour in Baghdad, was awarded the Bronze Star and Iraq Campaign Medal for his work on troop drawdown and base closures. As a Sunnyvale city councilmember and mayor, Otto successfully balanced the budget for eight consecutive years. Otto earned his bachelor's degree in chemical and nuclear engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a law degree from University of California, Hastings College of Law. A practicing patent attorney, Otto founded the Intellectual Property Law Group, LLP. Otto and his wife, Sally, a CPA, have three young children.

 

 

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For Immediate Release

April 23, 2012

 

 

Congressional Candidate Otto Lee
Kicks-Off Campaign Program

 

Unemployment rates highlighted by recent increase in Fresno and Tulare counties

 

FRESNO – Today the Otto for Congress Campaign officially announced part of its “Valley Fights Back” Program, a paid-canvass operation to employ Central Valley residents.  Recently the state’s Employment Development Department released unemployment data for Fresno and Tulare counties. Fresno County’s March unemployment rate was 17.4 percent and Tulare County’s unemployment rate was 18.3 percent for the same time period. That is significantly greater than the state average of just over 11 percent for the month.

 

Otto Lee, the democratic candidate for the 22nd Congressional District, stated, “We need leaders who will help bring more jobs to the Valley. My campaign reflects the importance of job opportunities, and this week, we will start a program that begins to fight back.”

 

“As a small business owner, I understand all too well the issues facing employers.”

 

“The Central Valley has lost jobs in construction, manufacturing and technology. We need to focus on enhancing our strengths in the Valley and strategically develop more opportunities by working together. California’s high-speed rail project will leverage the region’s competitive advantages for business opportunities.”

 

Congress is indicating it will not fund high-speed rail this year, a short-sighted but not unexpected move.

 

“Congress’ inaction does not diminish the need or impact of this project,” added Lee. “If elected I will fight for a sensible solution to make this vision a reality.”

 

The campaign program will engage the community and register more voters in the Central Valley. For further program information contact Jeremy at 559-579-6519. Resumes and references are requested.

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U.S. Navy Reserve Commander Otto Lee, a longtime California resident and 22-year veteran, is a candidate for California’s 22nd Congressional District, consistently answering the call to public service. Commander Lee, recalled to active duty for a yearlong tour in Baghdad, was awarded the Bronze Star and Iraq Campaign Medal for his work on troop drawdown and base closures. As a Sunnyvale city councilmember and mayor, Otto successfully balanced the budget for eight consecutive years. Otto earned his bachelor's degree in chemical and nuclear engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a law degree from University of California, Hastings College of Law. A practicing patent attorney, Otto founded the Intellectual Property Law Group, LLP. Otto and his wife, Sally, a CPA, have three young children.

 

 

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