Royce said Kim "will be an effective voice for middle class families and for policies that keep our country secure, grow jobs and increase economic opportunities for the people of our 39th District".
Passing an infrastructure bill in the Republican-controlled Congress to improve USA infrastructure like roads, airports, ports and railways, will likely require support from the Democratic party in the Senate where Republicans only have a slender majority. Many people in San Clemente beseeched Issa to take action against the potential construction of a toll road through the city and to fight for access to affordable healthcare.
Although Issa was one of just 13 Republicans to vote against the GOP tax plan last month (blue-state Republicans loudly objected to the capping of the state and local tax deduction), he joined all 14 California House Republicans in voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, despite intense public protest. The Daily Kos reported that his district voted for presidential candidate Mitt Romney over Barack Obama 51-47, but backed Clinton 52-43 in 2016. Just weeks ago, in the wake of two of the nation's worst mass shootings, he voted in favor of a bill that would allow stalkers and domestic abusers to carry concealed weapons in California.
"Clinton won this district by a huge margin in 2016", DCCC spokesperson Drew Godinich said in a release.
Assemblyman Rocky Chávez of Oceanside quickly became the first Republican to announce he would run for the open seat.
Ed Royce of California, pauses during a hearing on Iran before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.
California holds a jungle primary, which means the top two finishers - regardless of party - advance to the general election. Kim worked in Royce's district office before being elected to the Assembly.
"This week, we got our first wins with Darell Issa and Ed Royce stepping down rather than face crushing defeat in November", Steyer said in a statement.
Doing so might have strengthened Democrats' hand as they tried to wrangle some power from Republicans, since historically, the House has not seated delegates whose races are subject to a recount.
So far, five candidates have announced they will run for Issa's seat. Progressives are energized like never before - and today makes it more than obvious: "Trump and the GOP are scared".