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Rep. Waxman Fights Off Challenger for 20th Consecutive Term in Office

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, longtime Democratic incumbent Henry Waxman pulls ahead of Independent candidate Bill Bloomfield in the expensive race for the newly redrawn 33rd Congressional District.

Updated: 11 a.m. Nov. 7 

Rep. Henry Waxman, a Democrat whose career in Congress began in 1975, claimed victory Wednesday in the race for the new 33rd Congressional District, defeating Independent challenger Bill Bloomfield, a Manhattan Beach businessman who built a multi-million campaign war chest.

"I can't thank you enough for your support and for giving me the honor of representing you in Congress," Waxman said in a statement.

The longtime politician defeated his opponent in spite of being outspent by nearly $5 million. His statement continued:

Whether it's putting us on a path to fiscal responsibility or finally dealing with the climate change crisis, there's a path to real progress and change.
We've been able to accomplish a lot together—from a strong Clean Air Act, to the Affordable Care Act, to landmark legislation on tobacco—and we have much more to do. I've never been more confident that we'll be able to surmount the obstacles in front of us and make our country stronger and better for generations to come.

The candidates for the 33rd District raised the fifth most money of all the House races at $8.4 million and spent the seventh highest amount at $7.8 million. Bloomfield raised $6.4 million—more than four times the $1.5 million that Waxman raised. See the breakdown here.

At Bloomfield headquarters in Manhattan Beach late Tuesday, residents watched the early reports trickle in, with the candidates in a tight race. The results came to a halt when heavy fog prevented helicopters from delivering cast ballots that had yet to be counted.

"The fact is that running a close race is beneficial in and of itself because it's the first time in 44 years Congressman Waxman has had a close race, and actually a race," Bloomfield said. "But winning is what it's about. We need to go to Congress and get it working. And continue with our firm agenda of advancing open primaries in every district and more importantly, getting Congress working."

What do you think of the results in the Waxman/Bloomfield race? Tell us in the comments section below.

The new 33rd District stretches from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the Beach Cities, through slivers of Marina del Rey and Venice, up to Santa Monica, Malibu, Calabasas and Agoura Hills. The district also extends inland to include Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills and parts of West L.A.

Waxman currently represents the 30th Congressional District.

My opponent Mr. Bloomfield has a record of being in the Republican Party. I’m proud of being a Democrat. I’ve been a Democrat all my political career and I’m proud of being a Democrat and what I fight for. He has been a Republican and he’s now saying he’s an Independent.
I don’t know what that means to be an Independent when he has been a lifelong Republican and he’s given to McCain and Romney and John Boehner. I would presume he’s going to side with the Republicans more often than not and if he left the Republican Party because they’re extreme, he’s right about that. — .

Bloomfield is running on the Independent ticket, having left the Republican Party in March 2011.

The key is to get Congress working. We need to deal with the hyper-partisanship.
We need to get the two sides talking together and I think I'm very qualified to do that with my participation in this group No Labels, my successful work on election reform, both redistricting reform as well as open primaries, and my track record of taking on special interests and, unlike Congressman Waxman, special interests indiscriminately, meaning the special interests that have been funding the Democratic Party as well as the special interests that have been funding Republican Party because it's very important that we have people in [Washington,] D.C. who are immune from the power of these special interests, and not just one side. — .

Both candidates support abortion rights and same-sex marriage. On the death penalty, Bloomfield supports it and Waxman does not. But Bloomfield said he would vote for Proposition 34, which ends the death penalty in California, because the penalty is costing the state too much money.

As one of the architects of Obamacare, Waxman champions the law for providing heathcare to people with pre-existing conditions and young adults who wish to stay on a parent's plan, as well as for its preventative care measures. While Bloomfield has said he supports those aspects of Obamacare, he is against the plan's taxes on medical devices and how it prevents the federal government from negotiating for bulk rates on prescription drugs.

During 2012, Waxman's campaign has raised $1.57 million and spent $1.76 million with $802,571 cash on hand and no debt. Bloomfield's campaign has raised $6.41 million and spent $5.65 million in 2012, with $765,522 cash on hand and $990,748 in debt.

Campaign finance information is for Jan. 1, 2012, through Oct. 17, 2012, and comes from OpenSecrets.org.

Which candidate do you want to win this race and why? Tell us in the comments below.

Always Right November 07, 2012 at 05:47 PM
All Waxman has done for 30 years is line his own pockets. He doesn't even live here. I'm wasting my time submitting a comment. Patch won't allow some of us to speak our minds. Who knows, maybe they will allow this post. Doubtful but remotely possible.
Tired of Washington corruption November 07, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Congress should not be a career -- it should have Term Limits. Waxman and Feinstein should not have the bear hold on their seats because of money and redistricting. They are both part of the "broken" Gov't and should be out after 2 terms (if relected). Period!
Jim November 07, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Congratulations Congressman Waxman!
Always Right November 07, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Pending approval by whom, Henry Waxman?
Jim November 07, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Henry Waxman may have been around a very long time, but he knows how to get it right.
AJ Willmer November 07, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Yes, very pleased with Waxman's win. He has served us well.
Always Right November 08, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Right on the mark!!! Nothing will change which is sad.
Scott November 08, 2012 at 05:31 AM
If you live in Venice and voted at Killer Shrimp did you get to vote in this election? When I voted late in the day the machine I used was incorrect and did not have this race listed, instead it had the Maxine Waters race listed. Can't believe this was allowed to occur.
Mary Rapoport November 08, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I support the reelection of Henry Waxman who has a stellar record of legislative accomplishment on behalf of his constituents. Term limits do nothing to ensure that major legislation (like affordable healthcare) gets enacted. It empowers the lobbyists and limits the choices of the electorate. If Henry can only afford to own one home it might be because he has not be lining his pockets while doing the people's business. If all our representatives were like Waxman our Congress would be a thing of beauty and accomplishment.
Ellen Brennan November 08, 2012 at 03:35 PM
The overkill campaign run by Bloomfield with robo-calls every day and regular hit pieces in Patch was a major irritant. Henry Waxman has been my representative for 30 years. He's obviously beloved by the people he represents, no matter how hard Bloomfield's campaign tried to smear him. Maybe that's because Henry Waxman gets it right! In this recent political climate of deceit, hatred and bigotry, it's been a blessing to have a representative I know I can trust!
Greg Fry November 08, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Poor Karl Rove and his billionaire buddies--is this yet another instance of their losing an election that they thought they had bought and certainly paid for?
Always Right November 08, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I've got news for you dude. They all buy the election in one way or another. Pick your poison and pull the lever. There is no such thing as honest polititions. Our system is beyond repair. This election did it for me. I've voted for the last time. Good luck to you all that stay in the game. You'll need it!
steve November 08, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Waxman is fiscally irresponsible, why not put him in the pot with all the other fiscally irresponsible politicians in California, peas in a pod. That way, when the ship goes down, and it will, they all go down together. Roll On California and Los Angeles bankruptcy. For those that voted in the Super Majority, enjoy the massive increase in taxes they will bring you, and guess what, you can not do a thing about it. SUCKERS!
steve November 08, 2012 at 04:42 PM
why have you not complained, this is illegal and a set up, it must be stopped.
j pena November 08, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Goes to show that the supposed "No Labels" group is nothing more than Karl Rove, etc. funded Republicans. Bloomfield attempted to smear Waxman at every opportunity and the description above of those phoney fliers just shows his desperation. Let's hope he goes away along with the other phoney "Independents".
Brooke November 08, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Was hoping to see just how close the race was, by the numbers, but it seems you've neglected to report such things and focused solely on the money. I hope Bloomfield was close enough to scare Waman into realizing that he needs to watch out or he will be held accountable. I say clean house, no incumbents.
Marie Cunningham (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 11:14 PM
@Brooke Refresh your page. The numbers are embedded in the top of the article. HENRY A WAXMAN DEM 126,880 53.72 BILL BLOOMFIELD NP 109,297 46.28 Best, Marie
Arthur Christopher Schaper November 09, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Congressman Waxman: it was a pleasure sparring with you. I would never have gotten involved with Patch.com or the community without knowing that very likely I would have "Waxman the Taxman" as a representative. Bloomfield, thank you for the first of many independents and refocused Republicans who will demand an end to entrenched incumbents. waxmanwatch.blogspot.com is stll watching Mr. Waxman, and so are the rest of the voters in the district.
Arthur Christopher Schaper November 09, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Money can't by love, from a spouse or a congressional district. Bill had a message -- one of which was "I'm not Henry Waxman," that was enough for me. Many independents and even some Democrats also shared that they were tired of 38-year Henry. Still, a message of respect for government subsidy with a plan for making people free -- that's the discussion we need to have in our political discourse. That was missing. The "No Labels" mission is flawed, blaming the system when in truth the system is working just fine -- voters want to stop the spending, but not spending on their interests. Blame the players, not the game.
Scott November 09, 2012 at 01:12 AM
steve- I complained at the time and the machine was taken out of service. My question is - how many others did not notice? And was my complaint swept under the rug?
Hans Laetz November 09, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Wowie zowie, I'm sure icouldcareless.blogspot.com will be watching back at ya. Thanks for playing.
liz November 09, 2012 at 01:56 AM
bloomberg=$22 billion, john kerry=$193 million, ed kennedy=$164million, al gore=$100+million john corzine=$300million, diane feinstein=$108+million, nancy pelosi=$196million =
Hans Laetz November 09, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Yeah, but their candidates won! And with less money, by far.
Greg Fry November 09, 2012 at 07:24 AM
California got into the mess that it's in precisely because "The Party of No" otherwise known as Republicans--couldn't care less about the interests of the people in this state, just like they couldn't care less about the people of America on the national level! Republicans blocked reform on every level--insisting that billions of our tax $$ went towards corporate welfare and other tax subsidies towards those who needed it the least, while the needs of everyone else suffered! We still have that problem on the national level--but let's hope and pray that on the state level, this roadblock has finally been thwarted!
Laura Thomas November 13, 2012 at 02:28 AM
But the Democrat could.
Laura Thomas November 13, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Well, I don't know the age of Senor Waxman, but Ms. Feinstein is ALREADY 78 and will be 84 when her term ends. Not against her, particularly, she's moderate and head of the Intelligence Committee, a powerful post, BUT . . . this had better be her last term. Time for retirement! I have elderly parents and in-laws and anything can happen in this age range. Another reason to impose reasonable term limits.
Laura Thomas November 13, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Geez, we "inherited' the guy through redistricting. He doesn't know us in the South Bay - he's a Westside guy, so to say he's "served us well" seems to be a bit, uh, optimistic. I just HOPE he serves us well, but not holding my breath on that one.
Laura Thomas November 13, 2012 at 02:41 AM
A thing of beauty? You mean if there was NO loyal opposition - we'd be a thing of totalitarianism. If you consider that beautiful, wow. Just wow. Now, I'm not saying that term limits solves everything - it doesn't and look at California state politics - even with term limits, they game the system. Look, the ACA was passed by a bunch of legislators who didn't even READ the legislation they passed and therefore knew nothing about it. Remember Pelosi's words - you've got to pass it to find out what's in it. Gee, I'm proud of that bunch. And as to owning a home here versus there in DC. I think it's obvious after 38 DAMN YEARS that Henry is a resident of DC, not California. This is just a place he has to go to so he can get 2 more years in HIS HOME in DC. I just wish he'd stay there and not bother us anymore. Don't think that will be happening. Too bad.
Laura Thomas November 13, 2012 at 02:44 AM
He's now been my legislator for - uh, a week, I guess. Sorry we had to inherit this guy. I wasn't thrilled about Bloomfield, I admit, but Henry is not an improvement. He's incredibly partisan and nasty and I just wish he'd stayed on the Westside and in DC and not come down here to the South Bay. We don't live in the "people's republic" like they do in SanMo.
Laura Thomas November 13, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Yeah, aren't we lucky? Thanks for the hat tip to the blog - will check it out now that I've inherited this man.

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