In the run-up to the June 5th primary election for CA-12, candidate Stephen Jaffe requested organizations, including Veterans For Bernie, endorse his campaign as early as possible.
Initially, we saw no issue with the request. Members of our steering committee were impressed by Jaffe’s powerful comments concerning what needed to be done to permanently end our forever wars, and his plan to ensure that veterans who served would finally be able to receive the care that they earned. We were also excited about the possibility of someone who was such an opponent of dark money in politics, running against someone who has traditionally benefited the most from such practices.
But it has since become very clear that while Jaffe may have genuine concern about the issues that affect our community, he has done little to articulate them in public. In fact, it has come to our attention that his campaign has not been active at all in terms of community engagement, as a whole. When it comes to understanding veteran and national security issues—and how our leaders should respond to the ever-present push to privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs, or what needs to be done to ensure that our 4th Amendment rights are protected, Jaffe has not inspired our confidence.
On the contrary, it seems as though he desires to get by like so many others who were once a part of the Sanders 2016 community – by name recognition only.
In light of this, we have voted to rescind our endorsement of Stephen Jaffe.