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CA-45: Michelle Steel Disavowed by AAPI Groups for Dangerous, False Attacks

Michelle Steel faces backlash after perpetuating dangerous stereotypes and smearing the record of a Taiwanese American veteran 

With Election Day less than two weeks away, Michelle Steel is facing fierce backlash from Asian American advocacy groups and in-language outlets after spending hundreds of thousands in campaign funds to malign Taiwanese American and Navy veteran Lt. Commander (res.) Jay Chen.

Yesterday, LAist detailed how Michelle Steel’s shameless tactics falsely tying Lt. Commander Jay Chen to the Chinese Communist Party elicited condemnation from Asian American groups and news outlets in both Orange County and across the country.

National organizations such as the Committee of 100 and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Leadership PAC have called on Steel to take down her ads, while the Asian Americans for Good Government PAC rescinded their endorsement of Steel.

Marcus W. Robinson, DCCC Spokesperson:
“It’s disgraceful that Michelle Steel is pushing disinformation within Asian American communities in order to save her flailing campaign. The reality is Michelle Steel’s voting history is deeply unpopular with the Asian American community and voters across the district. Steel is weaponizing disinformation targeted at her constituents in a desperate attempt to distract voters from her disastrous record in Congress.”


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