Palm Springs, the self-proclaimed “gayest city in America.” Previously a conservative stronghold, the Inland Empire district now has a near-even voter registration split among Democrats and Republicans.
While Rollins lost the 2022 race by a 52.3% to 47.7% margin, he impressively matched Calvert’s fundraising prowess-a big feat for a first-time candidate running against a 20-year incumbent (Calvert was first elected to Congress in 1993).In Rollins’ campaign launch video, he pledges to “finish the job” this time around.A post shared by Will Rollins For Congress (@willrollinsca)Rollins spoke to Queerty about his candidacy last November, and said Calvert is too extreme and corrupt to represent the district any longer. “Folks on both sides of the aisle are standing up for the rule of law and want to stand against somebody who’s willing to undermine our democracy like Ken Calvert,” he said.
Calvert, who’s consistently ranked as one of the most corrupt members of Congress, also has an ignominious history of supporting anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.
He got his political start 30 years ago by outing his closeted Democrat opponent, Mark Takano. Since then, he’s voted against allowing queer people to serve openly in the U.S.