Rep. Waxman Fights Off Challenger for 20th Consecutive Term in Office

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, longtime Democratic incumbent Henry Waxman pulls ahead of Independent candidate Bill Bloomfield in the expensive race for the newly redrawn 33rd Congressional District.

Updated: 11 a.m. Nov. 7 

Rep. Henry Waxman, a Democrat whose career in Congress began in 1975, claimed victory Wednesday in the race for the new 33rd Congressional District, defeating Independent challenger Bill Bloomfield, a Manhattan Beach businessman who built a multi-million campaign war chest.

"I can't thank you enough for your support and for giving me the honor of representing you in Congress," Waxman said in a statement.

The longtime politician defeated his opponent in spite of being outspent by nearly $5 million. His statement continued:

Whether it's putting us on a path to fiscal responsibility or finally dealing with the climate change crisis, there's a path to real progress and change.
We've been able to accomplish a lot together—from a strong Clean Air Act, to the Affordable Care Act, to landmark legislation on tobacco—and we have much more to do. I've never been more confident that we'll be able to surmount the obstacles in front of us and make our country stronger and better for generations to come.

The candidates for the 33rd District raised the fifth most money of all the House races at $8.4 million and spent the seventh highest amount at $7.8 million. Bloomfield raised $6.4 million—more than four times the $1.5 million that Waxman raised. See the breakdown here.

At Bloomfield headquarters in Manhattan Beach late Tuesday, residents watched the early reports trickle in, with the candidates in a tight race. The results came to a halt when heavy fog prevented helicopters from delivering cast ballots that had yet to be counted.

"The fact is that running a close race is beneficial in and of itself because it's the first time in 44 years Congressman Waxman has had a close race, and actually a race," Bloomfield said. "But winning is what it's about. We need to go to Congress and get it working. And continue with our firm agenda of advancing open primaries in every district and more importantly, getting Congress working."

What do you think of the results in the Waxman/Bloomfield race? Tell us in the comments section below.

The new 33rd District stretches from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the Beach Cities, through slivers of Marina del Rey and Venice, up to Santa Monica, Malibu, Calabasas and Agoura Hills. The district also extends inland to include Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills and parts of West L.A.

Waxman currently represents the 30th Congressional District.

My opponent Mr. Bloomfield has a record of being in the Republican Party. I’m proud of being a Democrat. I’ve been a Democrat all my political career and I’m proud of being a Democrat and what I fight for. He has been a Republican and he’s now saying he’s an Independent.
I don’t know what that means to be an Independent when he has been a lifelong Republican and he’s given to McCain and Romney and John Boehner. I would presume he’s going to side with the Republicans more often than not and if he left the Republican Party because they’re extreme, he’s right about that. — .

Bloomfield is running on the Independent ticket, having left the Republican Party in March 2011.

The key is to get Congress working. We need to deal with the hyper-partisanship.
We need to get the two sides talking together and I think I'm very qualified to do that with my participation in this group No Labels, my successful work on election reform, both redistricting reform as well as open primaries, and my track record of taking on special interests and, unlike Congressman Waxman, special interests indiscriminately, meaning the special interests that have been funding the Democratic Party as well as the special interests that have been funding Republican Party because it's very important that we have people in [Washington,] D.C. who are immune from the power of these special interests, and not just one side. — .

Both candidates support abortion rights and same-sex marriage. On the death penalty, Bloomfield supports it and Waxman does not. But Bloomfield said he would vote for Proposition 34, which ends the death penalty in California, because the penalty is costing the state too much money.

As one of the architects of Obamacare, Waxman champions the law for providing heathcare to people with pre-existing conditions and young adults who wish to stay on a parent's plan, as well as for its preventative care measures. While Bloomfield has said he supports those aspects of Obamacare, he is against the plan's taxes on medical devices and how it prevents the federal government from negotiating for bulk rates on prescription drugs.

During 2012, Waxman's campaign has raised $1.57 million and spent $1.76 million with $802,571 cash on hand and no debt. Bloomfield's campaign has raised $6.41 million and spent $5.65 million in 2012, with $765,522 cash on hand and $990,748 in debt.

Campaign finance information is for Jan. 1, 2012, through Oct. 17, 2012, and comes from OpenSecrets.org.

Which candidate do you want to win this race and why? Tell us in the comments below.

Laura Thomas November 13, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Well, I don't know the age of Senor Waxman, but Ms. Feinstein is ALREADY 78 and will be 84 when her term ends. Not against her, particularly, she's moderate and head of the Intelligence Committee, a powerful post, BUT . . . this had better be her last term. Time for retirement! I have elderly parents and in-laws and anything can happen in this age range. Another reason to impose reasonable term limits.
Laura Thomas November 13, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Geez, we "inherited' the guy through redistricting. He doesn't know us in the South Bay - he's a Westside guy, so to say he's "served us well" seems to be a bit, uh, optimistic. I just HOPE he serves us well, but not holding my breath on that one.
Laura Thomas November 13, 2012 at 02:41 AM
A thing of beauty? You mean if there was NO loyal opposition - we'd be a thing of totalitarianism. If you consider that beautiful, wow. Just wow. Now, I'm not saying that term limits solves everything - it doesn't and look at California state politics - even with term limits, they game the system. Look, the ACA was passed by a bunch of legislators who didn't even READ the legislation they passed and therefore knew nothing about it. Remember Pelosi's words - you've got to pass it to find out what's in it. Gee, I'm proud of that bunch. And as to owning a home here versus there in DC. I think it's obvious after 38 DAMN YEARS that Henry is a resident of DC, not California. This is just a place he has to go to so he can get 2 more years in HIS HOME in DC. I just wish he'd stay there and not bother us anymore. Don't think that will be happening. Too bad.
Laura Thomas November 13, 2012 at 02:44 AM
He's now been my legislator for - uh, a week, I guess. Sorry we had to inherit this guy. I wasn't thrilled about Bloomfield, I admit, but Henry is not an improvement. He's incredibly partisan and nasty and I just wish he'd stayed on the Westside and in DC and not come down here to the South Bay. We don't live in the "people's republic" like they do in SanMo.
Laura Thomas November 13, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Yeah, aren't we lucky? Thanks for the hat tip to the blog - will check it out now that I've inherited this man.


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