Eps. 129: Mike Garcia, Republican candidate for the 25th Congressional DistrictStephen Daniels July 1, 2019 0 COMMENTS
Mike Garcia has lived in Santa Clarita since 1982. He grew up in Saugus, and was one of the top graduates of Saugus high School in 1994. Buck Mckeon nominated him to attend Annapolis where he finished in the top 3% of his class. He became a naval officer and flew fa-18 jets and also saw combat in operation Iraqi freedom. After 20 years of naval service, Garcia received an Honorable Discharge. He is a family man with a wife who owns a local business here in Santa Clarita and has two small children.
He is one of four Republicans who are challenging Congresswoman Katie Hill in the 2020 election. And currently leads the other Republicans in fundraising and apparently in endorsements.
I was really interested in meeting Mike in person. As a candidate, he has been leading the charge of, for lack of a better way of describing it, “a strong conservative” to represent the 25th district and he has been extremely critical of Congresswoman Katie Hill.
When I first approached him about being on the podcast, he was more than willing to do it. We did have some scheduling issues for a while and I did briefly think he might be placating me regarding my request for an appearance. But that was not the case so we met a few a weeks ago to have a friendly conversation about his campaign, his stance on issues, and what he wants to do as a Congressman.
It was an extremely hot day and we recorded this episode in a location where the air conditioning was out. It was so hot in fact, that the building closed down about an hour after we finished. So we sat down, both immediately beginning to drip sweat to have our conversation.
As always, when it comes to interviewing a Congressional candidate there is never enough time to ask everything I would like to. But Mike was gracious, considerate and incredibly patient with me and stayed for an extremely long time to talk.
This is what I discovered about Mike. He’s wickedly smart, friendly, and charming. Mike doesn’t dance around questions. He tells you exactly what he thinks and exactly why he thinks that way. I found that extremely refreshing. As everyone who listens to this podcast knows, my politics don’t necessarily line up with his and what I liked about our conversation was it was just that-a great conversation. Mike was open to being challenged on his facts and opinions. He defended himself extremely well and what I think took place was an extremely friendly conversation about political ideas. So I’ll say this, while Mike seems to contradict himself somewhat by saying he’s willing to reach across the aisle but has no Democratic ideals personally, he does show a definite willingness to discuss, listen and debate in a friendly way. I was impressed with that and i enjoyed our conversation quite a bit.
That being said, I won’t lie. This is a very long podcast. Mike may have the record for the longest podcast from an individual appearing on this show. And considering the heat in the room, I want to thank him for his incredible amount of patient.
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