Fullerton, Calif. – Today, in response to the Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal net neutrality regulations frm. Lt. Commander Gil Cisneros who is running in California’s 39th Congressional District released the following statement:
“Donald Trump and Congressman Ed Royce continue to stack the deck against small businesses and consumers. Net neutrality is the idea that all internet traffic and all internet users should be treated equally. By allowing internet service providers to dictate what websites you are allowed to visit and when, small businesses and entrepreneurs in Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties, will see their businesses suffer as innovation, basic research, and online sales are stifled and slowed by large corporations who can now dictate their level of access. While Ed Royce takes thousands of dollars from the telecommunications industry, I refuse to accept any corporate PAC contributions to my campaign.”
Gil Cisneros is a former U.S. Naval Officer and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his exemplary service to his country. Gil is president and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert’s dedication toward philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil and Jacki partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the city of Pico Rivera, California to create Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of putting a college degree in every Hispanic household in the city.
California’s 39th Congressional District, split between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, will be one of the most competitive districts in California and Ed Royce is more vulnerable than ever. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points, the DCCC labeled it a first-round target on its battlefield map, and Royce won by the slimmest margin since his first run for congress. Recently, the Cook Political Report changed the district’s status from Likely R to Lean R. Most importantly, Royce has never faced an opponent like Gil before, whose dedication to service and country will propel him to victory in November.