Asif Mahmood is a muslim Immigrant from Pakistan who is running for lieutenant governor of California. Mahmood is very anti Trump and often speaks out against our President. On his Facebook bio he states:
“As a Muslim immigrant from this great blue state of CA, I’m a triple threat to Donald Trump. As Lieutenant Governor, I’ll make him listen to the voices he is trying to silence.”
Mahmood supported Hillary Clinton during the Presidential election, and is a longtime Clinton contributor. Mahmood and his wife have held two fundraisers for Hillary Clinton. The first was in Sept. 2015 where Hillary herself attended. The second fundraiser was in May of 2016 where Huma Abedin attended.
Mahmood’s name comes up on Wikileaks more then once. In an email between Mahmood and John Podesta on Jan 3, 2016 they wished each other a happy New Year and John Podesta thanked Mahmood for his support, and said he looked forward to working with him to elect the first woman President. See below:
“Wishing you a happy New Year. 2015 was challenging, but we ended in a good > place thanks to your help and support. Look forward to working with you to > elect the first woman President of the United States. > > Have a great New Year. > > -John”
“Thank you so much for your wonderful leadership. We will make 2016 a > historic year in the history of United States. > Will do every possible effort to make sure HRC is next president. > Asif Mahmood”
In a previous email from Milia Fisher, Special Assistant to the Chair Hillary for America, to John Podesta she asks:
“This request in from our finance team for tomorrow’s luncheon: Dr. Asif Mahmood will be attending the luncheon tomorrow. He wanted to get 5min with you after the lunch– could just be walking out the door. Would that be OK with you?”
Mahmood seems to be a huge fan of current Governor, Jerry Brown.
Mahmood’s has campaign ads in Arabic and Urdu.
On his website under “Issues” it states:
“Health care – My life’s work as a doctor is based on one idea my parents taught me long ago — that helping others is our highest calling. I see how so many patients struggle to afford care, and how so many Americans put off medical care because they fear they won’t be able to afford it. That’s why I made it a rule in my hospital practice — if a patient doesn’t have insurance, we don’t seek payment. And I’ve spent a great deal of time volunteering at a local free clinic. I support a Medicare for All system, but first we need to protect the Affordable Care Act from Donald Trump’s attacks — the law has helped millions of Californians and Americans get health care. There is still more work to do, and I support Medicare For All to ensure every American has health care coverage. Health care is a human right, and that’s one of the reasons I’m running in this race.
Education – I know firsthand the importance of a quality education – the difference an American education can make. I’ll fight hard to invest in our public schools because every child deserves a fair shot at success. With the help of my friends, I started an after school tutoring pilot program in El Monte. I’ve also served on the board of the ELAC foundation and helped build a fund for scholarships for needy children. California is also home to the best colleges and universities in the country, but the huge cost of higher education is hurting our families and our economy. No child should be prevented from attending college because they can’t afford it, and no family should be forced to take out tens of thousands of dollars in loans to be able to send their child to college. I support establishing free tuition to state and community colleges, so students are not held back by their family’s income bracket.
Equality- As a Muslim immigrant from this great blue state of CA, I’m a triple threat to Donald Trump. And I’m going to make him listen to the voices of all those people he is trying to silence. My story is like so many Californians’. California has the largest number of immigrants of any state in this country. I’ll fight Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrants and stand up for all Californians – regardless of their immigration status — and I’ll defend all of our communities against his discriminatory attacks. I say President Trump has it all wrong – it’s time to get tough on hate. It’s time to fight hate and division, and instead build compassion and opportunity.”