is an unapologetic progressive Democrat running for U.S. Senate in 2018 from the State of California. Pat is running as a Democrat because he believes that the progressive movement can change the direction of the party, resurrecting a Democratic Party that fights for the working class and isn’t influenced by corporate donations i.e. ‘Dark Money.'
Pat believes in modernizing the party to emphasize single-payer healthcare and the transition to 100% renewables—all while working to pass meaningful criminal justice reform, provide more affordable housing, and offer tuition-free higher education and vocational training to its citizens. In addition, he wants to provide a path to citizenship for immigrants, work to give students relief from student loan debt and push for increased funding for scientific research.
Pat was drawn to the race after recognizing a once in a generation opportunity for progressives to rise up and assume leadership, rejecting career politicians of both parties who have stopped listening to constituents and are only focused on their own re-election. He believes that by bringing all voices to the table and by putting forward a true progressive platform, TOGETHER, we can realize the vast promises of our hardworking and technologically advanced state. As the saying goes, everything starts in California and works its way across the country. California should be the epicenter of the progressive movement - that is why he is running for office.
Pat will not accept corporate donations and plans to only run for one term so that not one minute of his time in office is dedicated to re-election fundraising. He believes that politicians are being bought and paid for through dark money and that it is threatening the very foundation of our democracy. Pat will immediately push for a constitutional amendment that will limit the ability of corporations and PACs to fund political candidates.
Pat lives in Los Angeles with his wife Carol Welsman, a world-class Canadian jazz singer and pianist who is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, and English. In his free time, Pat is an admitted sports fanatic. Before going to law school he even briefly worked for the Texas Rangers baseball team, although his favorite sport is actually college football. Pat has lived in California for over 22 years and would be honored to serve a state that he views as so visionary – a state that he believes will lead the nation to a future where we don’t live in fear but rather where we take a bold, innovative path forward.