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Bill's campaign for Congress
As your congressman, I'll be like Pizza Man.
You'll see me all the time, and I'll deliver.
Protesting Donald Trump an all-American experience
This campaign is about America's greatness, which is always a worthy subject for those seeking federal office.
Despite bitter differences that divide Americans, we remain the greatest power on the planet, and have been for a century. But a quick look through history shows how the greatness of a nation can be easily lost, when the people are consumed by bitterness and stop working together.
I believe in the greatness of the American people -- in their ingenuity and productivity, their innate fairness and decency. I believe in the boundlessness of this nation's future.
Our government, though, is completely broken. Dysfunction threatens our nation's ability to retain our greatness in the world.
I cast a pox on both parties.
But as Americans, we have also lost our sense of what the mission of this nation should be.
Americans used to work together to achieve great goals. We won WWII. We defeated Soviet communism. We landed human beings on the moon. But we've been disunited for decades.
A nation born of revolution and sustained through sacrifice must know its mission, so that we can put the world's most productive people to work, on great endeavors.
Politics need not be tackle football on every play. If we are to retain America's greatness, then we must build bridges between ourselves, stop yelling at each other, and work together.
My pathway to victory is incredibly narrow. This race may not succeed at electing me, but the message of America's national mission is one that I hope other candidates -- of both parties -- will adopt. Let there be in the next Congress an intrepid band of Americans who work across party lines, to help retain this nation's greatness.
I ask for your vote for Congress.
Summer 2015 -- Front Page PDF
Summer 2015 -- Back Page PDF
LETTER TO THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
LETTERS TO THE TIMES "History, Warts and All" (on the Confederate Flag) (July 14, 2015)
POSTCARDS FROM A POLITICIAN ....
AND THE FIRST BECOMES THE LAST...
Long Beach, Calif. – July 1, 2015 – When U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) decided to chase a lifelong dream, by running for the County Board of Supervisors, she set in motion a game of musical chairs.
Hahn’s 44th congressional district – running from Watts, South Gate, Lynwood and Compton, through Carson and north Long Beach, and taking in all of Wilmington and San Pedro – is prime property for a Democrat.
Coveting the seat are state Sen. Isadore Hall (D-Compton), and Hermosa Beach city councilwoman Nanette Barrigan.
The newest candidate in the race holds no elective office, but he certainly knows politics.
Bill Orton (Ind-Long Beach) spent 15 years working for five members of the state legislature. He’s been a PR guy for the union representing west coast dockworkers, and president of the Long Beach Democratic Club.
His top priority as a congressman?
Inspiring Americans to find a common mission for our nation.
“We used to come together to achieve enormous goals, like winning World War II, and defeating communism,” said Orton. “A nation such as ours, born of revolution and sustained through sacrifice, must find its mission, and that can only happen by building common ground across partisan divides.”
He even knows the subject of his first bill.
“It actually takes an act of Congress to change the faces on paper currency,” says Orton, who wants to put Ronald Reagan on the fifty, replacing Republican Ulysses S. Grant, and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt on the twenty, replacing Democrat Andrew Jackson.
But in politics, the money question that matters isn’t whose face is on it, but how much you have.
Under California’s “top two” system, only the two finishers in the June 2016 primary will advance to the November general election.
The other two candidates for Janice Hahn’s seat just filed campaign finance reports with the Federal Elections Commission, detailing the money that poured in to each campaign.
How much did Orton raise? None, but the candidate says that since he can’t compete with money harvesting operations, he will find ways to make money matter less.
“Creativity will result in press coverage, community awareness, and a viral message, but that can only be the start,” said the 53-year-old writer, whose latest novel tells the story of two women whose marriage is dragged into the culture wars of the 2016 presidential election. “I want people to wake up and smell the power.”
He may not have money, but Orton spent six years working as a political staffer in a district that overlapped much of Hahn’s old seat, and earlier was the PR guy telling the dockworkers story, giving Orton a deep understanding of the complicated politics of a little-understood district.
Orton is also no stranger to campaigns.
In 2004, as a political consultant, he ran races for two Republicans, a Democrat, and a Libertarian. He guided a statewide candidate to a 15-point win in a contested primary, and raised $200,000 through direct mail.
Orton is unfazed about the work ahead.
“Between retail politics, media, and the digital campaign, the tools to start a mini-revolution are in place,” says Orton. “Bold, clear positions on issues that regular people care about makes revolutionary change possible.”
Does talk of revolution play well to both parties?
“The Liberty Movement shows that Republicans are all about revolution,” said Orton, recounting one of his GOP campaign clients, Maggie Underhill, of Lakewood, whom he called “TEA Party before there was a TEA Party.”
A lightning round.
What will Bill spend his congressional career seeking to bring back to the 44th?
We have to take care of it forever... or we can't live.
How do we send people to war?
How do we treat them when they come home?
The 'Hope for Change' trilogy
Go, Washington Fat Cats
A Business Plan
Father's Day Essay
Two Years on the Water
Election Finale 2008
POTUS Knows Best
September 3, 2008
Palin masters first week on national stage
July 22, 2008
Shoot them, try them or set them free
June 1, 2008
The Anvil of History
March 4, 2008
Cheers, Mr. Roosevelt
February 20, 2008
Going Beyond a Single Word
February 6, 2008
The President's Lawyers Fight our Troops on Health Care
August 22, 2007
Lots of ’splaining to do
July 12, 2007
More Happy Talk from the President
April 13, 2007
End the Army's Bull Puckey
April 12, 2007
Americans in the crosshairs of death
January 30, 2007
SPEECH: The Three Paths to Power
November 11, 2006
Clean Government, Civility and Cooperation
October 8, 2005:
Bill's break of support for Senator McCain
June 28, 2005:
On the President’s War Speech
January 1, 2004:
The Three Rs: The Path to National Recovery
November 22, 2003:
In Memorium: John Fitzgerald Kennedy
November 3, 2003:
Iraqi farmers, Achilles & The President
September 24, 2003:
The President's Most Feared Foe
May 31, 2003:
Springtime Snowflakes: The Rummygram Blizzard
May 13, 2003:
George, Victoria & Empire: A new ballgame for "The Big A"
April 1, 2003:
Resign, Mr. Rumsfeld
March 13, 2003:
The War, the President & Mr. Lincoln
March 6, 2003:
Press conferences, U.N. vetoes and Jacques Chirac
March 1, 2003:
IRAQ: War, Peace & Secrecy
February 13, 2003:
Ari's 'Old News,' or Who let the North Koreans get The Bomb
Jan 27, 2003:
POLITICAL SUPERBOWL: Our team isn't scoring too many points, but the game isn't over.
January 13, 2003:
Stopping the Second Korean War
May 22, 2001:
GMO labeling & testing is cure for crop export panics
Bill's 2002 campaign for the state legislature
Campaign Home Page
Press Releases Page
Sample ballot candidate statement
The 'First Day in Office' series
First Ten Bills
First Ten Phone Calls
First Ten Resolutions
First steps on budget reform
Bill Didn't Win
Official Election Results
Bill's Concession Statement
Congratulations to those who Bill endorsed during the race who won their own elections: