I'm running for Congress against Maxine Waters.  Here why:

Maxine Waters has been in Congress way too long.  She is out of touch with her constituency and has become a typical Washington elite, corrupt politician.  She just doesn't care about the people she represents any longer.  She only cares about herself.  Her tenure has been full of scandals and self-enrichment.  It's time for change.

I am the person to take her on and represent the people of California's 43rd Congressional District.  I share the values of the people in the district.  It's all about the working man and woman.  I am a working man trying to make ends meet.  I care about the single mother or father trying to make ends meet.  I have that history.  I care about the unemployed who would like nothing more than to find a job and support the family.  I care about education for our children.  Maxine Waters does not.

I was born in Long Island, NY to a blue collar, FDR Democrat working class family.  My father worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and when it closed, he was out of a job.  He eventually was lucky and was hired to help build the Lunar Modules for Grumman Aerospace.  That job lasted until the Apollo program was defunded.  From that point forward, my dad took whatever job he could get.  His last job was as a cleaning man in a department store.

My mom raised three children and was forced to work part time to help support the family.  She was an aide at the local school cafeteria.

Both of my parents did what they could to give me the opportunity to go to college and achieve my dreams; something neither my brother or sister ever had.  Importantly, neither one ever voted Republican until Ronald Reagan in 1980.  They were lifelong Democrats.  At that point, they realized the Democratic Party no longer thought of the working class.  It had become the party of big business, banks, Wall Street and the educated elite.  That has only worsened.  Maxine Waters exemplifies the problem, not the solution.

After graduation from Syracuse University and Touro College School of Law, I moved to Los Angeles in 1986.  I have been here ever since.  Southern California is my home.  I started practicing law and later became a film producer.  Luckily, I achieved my dreams as my parents wished.  Unfortunately, neither lived to see it.  However, my brother and sister are very proud of me and support me in this new venture.

Now, I want to give some of what I achieved back to the public.  That public is in CA-43.  I am beholden to no one except the people I will represent.  The constituents of that district are hard working people who want to give their kids a better life.  They want their kids to be educated and to have good careers.  The same as I do.  Unfortunately, the current economy in the United States and the current Congress is not making that easy.  I want to help.  My goal is to bring jobs and happiness to the people in the district.

Maxine Waters has forgotten her background.  She lives in a multi-million dollar mansion in Hancock Park.  She represents Insurance Companies and Real Estate Companies.  Her social positions are far to the left.  She doesn't even know the dreams of the people in her district.  She is out of touch.  She is Washington, plain and simple.

I'm still that same kid from suburban New York.  I work for a living and it is tough.  I currently live with my wife of three years in a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles.  I remember my background and still deal with it on a day-to-day basis.

We need a change from Maxine Waters’ out-of-touch politics and I am the one to bring it.


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  • James Jorgensen endorsed

    “He is for America! California needs him!”

  • Charles S. Kovit endorsed

    “I support Frank because he's an honest man who believes in American principles and given the opportunity to serve would not become a self-dealing establishment elitist. ”

  • Skip Press endorsed

    “Frank's the guy! He knows politics, Hollywood, finances, and dreaded taxes. He's someone you can talk to, instead of get yelled at like Maxine will do. Frank's the guy.”

  • Glenn Antizzo endorsed

    “I support Frank DeMartini because the people of CA-43 deserve a U.S. representative who will put them first and work to improve their quality of life. Frank has the energy and the vision to tackle the important issues that actually matter to California families. He is a uniter who will work with Republicans and Democrats to make his district and the country everything they can be.”

  • Christopher Glenn endorsed

    “Frank has been a family friend for years and I fully support him running for Congress - Looking forward to seeing you do great things for the people in CA!”

  • Pete & Joanna De Martini endorsed

    “I have known Frank since he was born. Frank is a tireless worker and believes is this Country with his heart. I believes in justice a the rights of everyone. Frank has studied the Federal Government and is well knowledge in the Constitution of the Unite States of America”

  • Veronica Tagle endorsed

    “I endorse Frank DeMartini because people like Maxine Waters are only in politics for the money, and forget about the people who voted them into office. Living in a multi-million dollar home in Hancock Park is not where her constituents live. Frank lives humbly in a One bedroom apartment, like the majority of the constituents he's going to be representing. Those who are hard working, and want better for their kids, than what they had, growing up. We need MORE people like Frank DeMartini to take down these career crooks, who only care about special interests, who line their pockets, NOT the people!”

  • Anthony DeMartini endorsed

    “I support Frank DeMartini”

  • Jack & Louise Marino endorsed

    “I support Frank DeMartini because he's honest, intelligent, a true patriot and he is the only one that can finally replace Mad Maxine. We need NEW blood in congress and Frank DeMartini is the exactly what the country needs.”

  • Colleen Rose Novak endorsed

    “He has heart, aan of character that can bring us change Rocking Angel Publishing, BMI http://www.colleenrosenovak.com”

October 6, 2017

The GOP Tax Bill

I've been doing a lot of thinking about the GOP Tax Bill and about whether it will make good law.  Although, I'm for it in principle and believe that we need major tax reform, there are some issues that must be addressed before I can fully support it and before it can be properly analyzed.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the tax proposals, you can find a good summary here.

  1. My first issue with it is that the doubling of the Standard Deduction is actually a potential trap.  The Standard deduction is currently $6,300 for an individual and $12,600 for a couple.  The proposal is to change it to $12,000 and $24,000 respectively.  This sounds like a big win for the average middle class family who normally does not have enough deductions to itemize.  However, there has been little to no mention of what happens to the Person Exemption.  If the person exemption is eliminated, then the benefit of doubling the Standard Deduction ceases.  The personal exemption is currently about 4,000 per person.  So, the average married couple with no children and no itemized deductions currently get their first $20,600 tax free.  If you eliminate this, then what is the real benefit of doubling the Standard Deduction.  Almost nothing - a mere $4,000 in deduction!  But, if you keep the Personal Exemption, a married family with no children will get their first $32,000 in income tax free.  This would be a great benefit to the middle class.  Without the Personal Exemption, not so much.
  2. The next big issue concerns whether Social Security will still be taxed at its current rates or whether it will be taxed at 100%.   There has been little to no mention of this.  As this will have a major impact on middle class senior citizens, this must be addressed.  We cannot burden our middle class seniors with an additional tax burden.
  3. I'm also not sure about eliminating the Estate Tax.  In principle, this sounds good, but in reality, it will be a major tax break for the rich.  And, of course, someone will have to pay for it.  In 2014, the Estate Tax brought in about 20 billion dollars in revenue.  This is a minute portion of Federal Revenue.  However, if you eliminate this 20 billion dollars, it must be made up either in budget cuts or additional taxes.  Accordingly, this is an issue.  The main rationale for getting rid of it is to stop the burden on the family farm or other small family businesses.  I understand this and would seek a compromise where the cash rich would still pay, but the asset rich, may get some sort of deferment or complete relief.
  4. Eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax is also an issue.  Again, this seems like a Tax Benefit for the rich.  However, the AMT does not just effect the rich.  It effects many in the middle class who are employees with large amounts of un-reimbursed business expenses.  This is the main problem.  It must be address in the final bill.

These are just a few of the issues that must be dealt with before the bill could get my support.  Let me know your thoughts.  Feel free to contact me via email.




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    “He is for America! California needs him!”

  • Charles S. Kovit endorsed

    “I support Frank because he's an honest man who believes in American principles and given the opportunity to serve would not become a self-dealing establishment elitist. ”

  • Skip Press endorsed

    “Frank's the guy! He knows politics, Hollywood, finances, and dreaded taxes. He's someone you can talk to, instead of get yelled at like Maxine will do. Frank's the guy.”

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  • Glenn Antizzo endorsed

    “I support Frank DeMartini because the people of CA-43 deserve a U.S. representative who will put them first and work to improve their quality of life. Frank has the energy and the vision to tackle the important issues that actually matter to California families. He is a uniter who will work with Republicans and Democrats to make his district and the country everything they can be.”

  • Christopher Glenn endorsed

    “Frank has been a family friend for years and I fully support him running for Congress - Looking forward to seeing you do great things for the people in CA!”

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  • Pete & Joanna De Martini endorsed

    “I have known Frank since he was born. Frank is a tireless worker and believes is this Country with his heart. I believes in justice a the rights of everyone. Frank has studied the Federal Government and is well knowledge in the Constitution of the Unite States of America”

  • Veronica Tagle endorsed

    “I endorse Frank DeMartini because people like Maxine Waters are only in politics for the money, and forget about the people who voted them into office. Living in a multi-million dollar home in Hancock Park is not where her constituents live. Frank lives humbly in a One bedroom apartment, like the majority of the constituents he's going to be representing. Those who are hard working, and want better for their kids, than what they had, growing up. We need MORE people like Frank DeMartini to take down these career crooks, who only care about special interests, who line their pockets, NOT the people!”

  • Anthony DeMartini endorsed

    “I support Frank DeMartini”

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  • Jack & Louise Marino endorsed

    “I support Frank DeMartini because he's honest, intelligent, a true patriot and he is the only one that can finally replace Mad Maxine. We need NEW blood in congress and Frank DeMartini is the exactly what the country needs.”

  • Colleen Rose Novak endorsed

    “He has heart, aan of character that can bring us change Rocking Angel Publishing, BMI http://www.colleenrosenovak.com”

  • Heather Ross endorsed

    “I've known Frank DeMartini for 19 years! (I feel old) During those 19 years I have been blessed to get to know Frank both personally and professionally. He may not always tell you what you want to hear, but he will NEVER blow smoke or make promises just to get your vote. He respects your decisions even if he passionately disagrees with them. Frank and his wife are terrific people and will truly fight for the folks in the 43rd Congressional District. Let's do this... #demartini2018”

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    “Easily one of the most honest and decent guys I know. We should be so lucky to fill congress with people like Frank!”