Why I'm running . . . 

We need to do more than just flip swing districts Democratic. We need more than just a Democratic majority. We need leaders with progressive ideas and a commitment to accountability and our country in every district. That's why I'm running for Congress in California's 11th district - LyttonForCongress.org

I'm a proud Union member - AFSCME Local 3993, Bay Area Rapid Transit District. Yes, I move trains around the Bay Area. I'm a progressive, pro-labor Democrat, Amelia's husband, and a father of two young boys (four-and-a-half year old Ty and 22 month old Freddie).

We're a middle class family. That experience grounds my views. I'll never forget where I came from and the trust that comes with public office.

Like you, I believe so many things require attention in Washington:

  • I believe we need to fix our politics and reform our electoral and campaign systems.
  • We need universal national healthcare
  • We need to fix and expand our decaying infrastructure, especially local transit and trains
  • We need to ensure human rights for every American and support those abroad who seek the same freedoms
  • Our men and women in the Armed Forces are deployed all over the world now in harms way. They represent the best of our country.
    • Our foreign policy should uphold our values abroad and honor service members' sacrifices when they return. 
  • Education and hard work are access points to the America dream. I support making our schools better – from elementary through vocational training and college – and not saddling young people with burdensome debt

I could go on about policy issues. I trust that you and I share the same values for our county and its future. I’m reminded of this quote from FDR’s Four Freedom’s Speech. Given in 1941 during the darkest days of WWII, I think it encapsulates how I feel:

“For there is nothing mysterious about the foundations of a healthy and strong democracy. The basic things expected by our people of their political and economic systems are simple. They are: Equality of opportunity for youth and for others. Jobs for those who can work. Security for those who need it. The ending of special privilege for the few. The preservation of civil liberties for all.”

Check out my website at LyttonForCongress.org. If you have any questions, email me at Dennis@LyttonForCongress.org.

About Dennis

Dennis is a Supervisor of Operations at BART (the Bay Area Rapid Transit District) and a proud member of the AFSCME local 3993 (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO). Dennis is a recognized expert in public transit operations, safety, and security. He also writes and advocates on transportation  and electoral reform issues.

A lifelong Californian, Dennis went to college at UCLA and earned a master's in public policy at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Dennis met his wife Amelia at UCLA. They have two sons, four-and-a-half year old Ty and 22 month old Freddie and the family makes their home in Pleasant Hill, about 20 miles northeast of San Francisco.


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April 16, 2018

DeSaulnier Praises Syria Bombing Without Congressional Authorization

DeSaulnier Praises Syria Bombing Without Congressional Authorization

Congressman DeSaulnier Issues Twitter and Facebook Social Media Posts Praising Bombing of Syria Despite Lack of an AUMF From Congress 

This View Hews DeSaulnier Close to Few Democrats but Many in the GOP

Moreover, His Support for Trump’s Syrian Attack Distances Him From His Fellow Bay Area House Colleagues, His 11th District Constituents, and His Democratic Opponent Dennis Lytton

 

April 15, 2018
Contact: 323-630-2492 – Dennis@LyttonForCongress.org – Twitter: @DennisLytton

Pleasant Hill, CA – On the evening of Friday, April 13th, shortly after the attack on Syria were announced by the President, DeSaulnier took to Twitter and Facebook and applauded the attacks. “I’m grateful we’re . . . carry[ing] out these attacks,” DeSaulnier said. This despite the lack of any Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) since 2001 (for 9/11) and 2003 (to initiate the Iraq War).

Several of DeSaulnier’s Bay Area colleagues in the House took to Twitter to condemn Trump for attacking without Congressional authority*.

  • Eric Swalwell: “We cannot allow #Syria’s use of chemical weapons. We also cannot allow an unhinged (or hinged) President to unilaterally take America to war. We can stop both. Go to Congress, @realDonaldTrump. Tell us length of time, # of troops, and terrain covered. Americans deserve a voice."
  • Barbara Lee: “By illegally bombing Syria, President Trump has once again denied the American people any oversight or accountability in this endless war. Congress, not the president, has the power to authorize military action."
  • Nancy Pelosi: “[Trump] must come to Congress to obtain a new AUMF, present a clear set of objectives, & ultimately hold Putin accountable for the bloodshed he has enabled.”
  • Ro Khanna: “Trump’s strike on Syria was unconstitutional.”

DeSaulnier’s comments to his Tweet and Facebook post supporting the attacks were savaged in the reply Tweets and comments, see below:

(on Facebook)

(on Twitter)

“The Assad regime is Syria is despicable and vile. And by all reasonable accounts responsible for using horrific chemical weapons against its own people,” DeSaulnier Democratic challenger Dennis Lytton asserted.

However, Lytton joins the Bay Area US House of Representatives delegation and the people of California’s 11th district in condemning more war without Congressional approval, “There should be a fresh AUMF from Congress before any military action. The War Powers Act and Article One of the Constitution vests that power in the Congress. DeSaulnier is amazingly out-of-touch with both his constituents and his fellow Bay Area Members of Congress.”

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Dennis Lytton is a Democratic challenging Congressmember DeSaulnier in the June Open Primary for California’s 11th Congressional District. He a Supervisor of Operations at the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), a recognized expert on transportation policy, and an AFSCME member. The father of two young boys is married to Amelia and they live in Pleasant Hill in central Contra Costa County.

 

* Links to their statements on Twitter:

@RepBarbaraLee – https://twitter.com/RepBarbaraLee/status/984963909743513600

@NancyPelosi – https://twitter.com/NancyPelosi/status/984973059055636481

@RepSwalwell – https://twitter.com/RepSwalwell/status/984970251300491265

@RoKhanna – https://twitter.com/RoKhanna/status/985009367178244096

April 16, 2018

DeSaulnier House Office Account Blocks Lytton on Twitter

Congressman DeSaulnier Blocks Democratic Opponent Dennis Lytton From His Congressional, Taxpayer Funded Twitter

April 15, 2018
Contact: 323-630-2492 – Dennis@LyttonForCongress.org – Twitter: @DennisLytton

Pleasant Hill, CA – On Saturday morning April 14th, 11th District Democratic Congressional Candidate Dennis Lytton was managing his social media when he noticed that he’d been blocked by Rep. DeSaulnier’s (D-Concord) official Congressional office Twitter account (@RepDeSaulnier, see screenshot below).

 

 

Interestingly, Lytton is not blocked from DeSaulnier’s apparent campaign Twitter handle, @MarkDeSaulnier. What should be his main social media venue for campaigning is largely static and has produced little content in weeks.

Lytton is of course DeSaulnier’s constituent as well as his challenger as a Democratic in the 11th District Open Primary in June. Blocking him therefore may run afoul of Federal Elections Commission (FEC) regulations and House Ethics rules for at least two reasons:

  • It seems apparent that Lytton’s being targeted for his political views, especially after Lytton criticized DeSaulnier last week for:
    • His opposition to Regional Measure 3
    • His urging that a second Bay Bridge for cars should be built, and
    • His support of the President’s bombing campaign without an AUMF (authorization for the use of military force) in Syria.
  • Directing his House staff to cut Lytton off for campaign purposes, namely that Lytton is an opponent, would be directing House office resources to campaigning, in violation of long standing campaign finance rules.

“At the very least it’s creepy as all heck,” said Dennis Lytton after learning of his being blocked by DeSaulnier.

Explaining why that’s “creepy” and unethical, Lytton continued, “Blocking political opponents on Twitter is associated with the right and Trump supporters. It’s disappointing behavior. This is his Member of Congress Twitter handle for official office communications.”

Lytton also speculated that, “If DeSaulnier is directing his Congressional office media staff to block opponents does is end there? Or are they doing any other campaign work on the taxpayer dime?”

The campaign plans to file complaints with both the Federal Elections Commission and the House Ethics Committee Monday morning.

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Dennis Lytton is a Democrat challenging Congressmember DeSaulnier in the June Open Primary for California’s 11th Congressional District. He a Supervisor of Operations at the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), a recognized expert on transportation policy, and an AFSCME member. The father of two young boys is married to Amelia and they live in Pleasant Hill in central Contra Costa County.

January 12, 2018

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