SAN FRANCISCO — Fil-Am Texas Democratic candidate for Congress, Gina Ortiz Jones, is part of the state board of equalization Fiona Ma’s push to empower more women of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.
Jones, who became known nationally through a Huffington Post piece saying how she quit working for President Donald Trump in order to fight him, has certain expectations for his State of the Union address.
“We can’t just talk about other national security issues without really addressing some of the things that are weakening us as a country and that is not having a real gun reform, but also, I think there are other things would be meaningful certainly health care, again and investments in education. It’s very likely we’ll hear about investments in a wall. I think that’s unfortunate. I’d rather be investing in smart kids rather a smart wall.”
Jones, who is looking to represent Texas’ 23rd congressional district, which makes up the Lone Star state’s southwestern border — also hopes the best for the future of some 800,000 Dreamers.
“Between Texas and California, that’s roughly half of the DACA population in this country. There’s a 124,000 just in Texas alone. I think for a number of reasons, we need to honor the promise we made and ensure that these folks also have a path to citizenship.”
As an Air Force veteran and former intelligence officer, Jones also has her own thoughts regarding the Nunes memo — which is a memo from House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes — detailing allegations of FBI abused its surveillance tools during the 2016 election.
President Trump reportedly told his aides that he wanted the Nunes memo released to the public.
“The fact that anyone would be willing to risk national security for political gain; frankly, that’s exactly why I’m running. These people don’t understand the importance of being a public servant, and frankly, having been a public servant in the intelligence community, this is something we really need to ensure we handle appropriately.”
If elected, Jones would be the first lesbian, Iraq war vet and Filipina-American to fill a U.S. House seat in Texas.