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JOSH HARDER CALLS FARMERS UNEDUCATED, CLAIMS THEY ONLY VOTE FOR SUBSIDIES
Further insults farmers by skipping Water Rally and Farm Bureau Debate
MODESTO, CA – Despite failing to vote in 85% of elections, Josh Harder published a paper entitled “Why Do People Vote? A Psychological Analysis of the Causes of Voter Turnout”. In it, Josh Harder writes that farmers vote more often than they should and that he believes it’s because farmers are only motivated by federal subsidies. Specifically, Harder writes:
farmers vote at a substantially higher rate than would be expected based on their levels of education because, like people with government-related jobs, farmers are inspired by federal farming subsidies.
“To claim farmers only vote for subsidies is outrageous,” said Denham Campaign Manager Josh Whitfield. “It’s no surprise he was a no-show at the Water Rally.”
Josh Harder’s paper, published in the Journal of Social Issues (Vol. 64, No. 3, 2008, pp. 525–549) is billed as an analysis of the reasons many different constituencies do or do not vote. Ironically, Josh Harder himself has only voted in three of 20 elections in which he has been registered. First registering to vote in 2005, Harder only voted in the 2008 Presidential Primary, the 2016 General Election and the 2017 Consolidated District Election (after filing to run for Congress in the 10th District). Harder chose not to participate in all but one local election since registering to vote and despite being a lifelong Democrat, did not vote for Barack Obama in either the 2008 or 2012 Presidential elections. As a candidate, Harder is now asking for votes even though he failed 85% of the time to vote himself.
“Water is the lifeblood of the Valley, and Josh Harder obviously doesn’t care enough to show up for this community when it counts,” added Josh Whitfield. “He’s absent on election day, absent on the water fight and unfit to serve the Valley.”
Earlier this year, the State Water Resources Control Board issued a decision as part of the Bay Delta Plan that would devastate the Central Valley by sending much-needed water out to the ocean, despite scientific evidence that it would be ineffective. Congressman Denham has led the charge in Congress to halt the Bay-Delta Plan by passing legislation to prevent its implementation. Congressman Denham has also enlisted the support of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue who both visited the 10th District at the invitation of Congressman Denham.
Denham participated in a rally last week with local elected officials and candidates from across the political spectrum along with 1,500 concerned citizens. Notably, Josh Harder failed to attend the rally and has not offered an explanation his absence. On the same day, Congressman Denham participated in a Candidate forum with the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau that Josh Harder also skipped.
For more information, contact Josh Whitfield at (209)-985-1784
Election day is November 6th, 2018. You can learn more about Congressman Jeff Denham and his campaign by visiting www.jeffdenham.com.