RollCall: At the Races: Royce Challenger Gives Himself $2 Million Head Start

August 2, 2017

A new Democratic challenger to California Republican Rep. Ed Royce is kicking off his candidacy by pumping $2 million into his campaign and an ad with him being sent to jail.


Insurance executive Andy Thorburn released a video Tuesday announcing he would challenge Royce and that he is willing to use his personal wealth to back up his campaign. Thorburn told the Los Angeles Times that he had deferred running for office because of the difficulty of balancing campaigning and running his business, but the election of President Donald Trump changed that.


“You get to the point where you just get so frustrated you say what am I going to do,” he said. 


Thorburn's own cash investment puts him only behind Royce, who has $3.1 million in the bank, according to the L.A. Times.


Before becoming an executive with insurance company Global Benefits Group, Thorburn was a teacher in New Jersey, and was in leadership at the American Federation of Teachers. 


In his ad announcing his candidacy, Thorburn highlights how he went to jail in 1970 for contempt of court during a teacher’s strike. 



As originally posted on RollCall