Jones Issues Foreign Policy Debate Challenge, No Response From Bera

June 17, 2016 | Yesterday Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones issued a challenge to Congressman Ami Bera to a debate on foreign p...



June 17, 2016 |

Yesterday Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones issued a challenge to Congressman Ami Bera to a debate on foreign policy. The challenge came after heightened concerns about terrorist attacks folowing last weekend's mass shooting in Orlando.

In his press release, Jones included the letter he sent (see above, click to enlarge) to Bera, the second term Democratic legislator representing California's Seventh Congressional District. Noting that forthcoming Congressional recess, Jones wrote "finding a date that works for both of should not be a problem."

Republican Jones has made terrorism and accompanying illegal and refuge immigration concerns a centerpiece of his campaign to unseat Bera in the November general election. Prior to entering the race, Jones produced a widely viewed video (see below) urging President Obama to spearhead immigration reform following the 2014 shooting deaths of a Sacramento County and Placer County Deputy Sheriffs by an undocumented immigrant.

In addition to the one regarding foreign policy, Jones' letter also urged Bera to participate in a series of debates throughout the district.

“Congressman Bera’s only official statement on the terrorist attack in Orlando was an extremely weak press release that labeled it a mass shooting, not an act of terrorism," Jones campaign consultant Dave Gilliard said. "Bera’s lack of leadership and apparent lack of understanding of the threat that our nation faces from Islamist jihadist ideology is one of the main reasons that community leaders came to Sheriff Jones and asked him to enter the race for Congress” 

Bera's campaign manager Jerid Kurtz did not respond to email request to comment on Jones' challenge. 



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