SILICON BEACH

Highlights from Silicon Beach Congressional Debate

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Four of the leading candidates to replace the retiring Henry Waxman in California's 33rd Congressional District discussed their views on tech issues with me on Cyber Law and Business Report:

(i) Elan Carr (R) - a gang prosecutor with the LA County District Attorney's Office; (ii) David Kanuth (D) - a criminal defense attorney and former tech executive; (iii) Ted Lieu (D) - a State Senator and Lt. Col. in the Air Force reserves; and (iv)Marianne Williamson (I) - best-selling author and founder of Project Angel Food.

Each articulated why they would best represent the Silicon Beach tech hub that is in the heart of the district. Matt Miller had to cancel due to a scheduling conflict, while Wendy Gruel never responded to invitations in any form.

Each articulated why they would best represent the Silicon Beach tech hub that is in the heart of the district. Matt Miller had to cancel due to a scheduling conflict, while Wendy Greuel never responded to invitations in any form.

Republican Elan Carr stated:

I'm the best candidate in this race for Silicon Beach because I'm the best candidate in this race for business and economic prosperity and job creation - and Silicon Beach is a big part of that.

Carr also praised Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey's efforts to increase cyber crime enforcement.

Democrat David Kanuth, who stormed into contention by topping the "front-runners" in early fundraising, stressed:

I think it is important, if you want a different kind of results you need a different kind of leadership. . . . Our problem is not that we are not electing people who don't have enough political experience, in fact it's the opposite.

We need real change in Washington, we need a different tone . . .[I offer] real world experience of persuading and moving immovable forces.

Democratic State Senator Ted Lieu holds the distinction as the only "pure geek" in the race, a label he embraced explaining that "as a computer science major I am very aware of technology." Lieu is sensitive to Silicon Beach concerns about government regulation and believes in regulating with a light touch in this area since "frankly government does not do technology well."

Lieu stressed that he was the only candidate who "has taken action on a lot of these issues." On Silicon Beach, Lieu explained:

It's clear to me, one of the reasons Silicon Beach is growing the way it is, is not just technology but with creativity, innovation and that's something I want to foster in California as well as the nation.

Marianne Williamson was very energetic in discussing Silicon Beach and her independent candidacy:

Los Angeles is not a place where people come to do the same thing as everyone else. . . Americans are waking up . . We want a candidate to disrupt the status quo. ( read more)