Omar Navarro, 28, the conservative Latino challenger to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), 78, has racked up a growing list of high-profile donors and advisers.
They include names like Roger Stone, who serves as Navarro’s campaign advisor; former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who calls him on a weekly basis; TV host Alex Jones; former Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones; former Presidential candidate Herman Cain; former Arizona Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr.; singer and songwriter Joy Villa; “Swamp People” case member T-Roy Broussard; and American radio host Larry Elder, among others.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “a group of major GOP donors that spent millions on ads to elect President Trump also plans to take on the Los Angeles congresswoman in next year’s midterm election.”
Navarro is running in a majority Latino and African-American district in southern Los Angeles, where approximately 60 percent of registered voters are Democrats, as the Times notes. But that isn’t about to stop him.
“When I ran last year, I received 25 percent of the vote, which means I got 11 percent more than the registered Republicans in the region, which means I transcended and got Democrats and Independents to vote for me,” Navarro told Breitbart News. “I spent a total of $3,000 the last campaign. In comparison, I’ve so far raised $140,000 this campaign.”
Waters won the last election with over 70% of the vote.
“Democrats continue to push for a divisive culture. They continue to divide people on a constant basis; not unite people. We need to move the country in a direction where we unite people,” Navarro says. “We need to start worrying about what’s happening here in the United States, not what’s happening abroad.”
Navarro told Breitbart News Monday that he just had an interview with a Hispanic network in which he said that while it’s essential for the United States to have a relationship Mexico, “we can’t be taken advantage of. We need to be worried about what’s happening here, just like Mexico needs to worry about what’s happening in their country. Every country has to a have a sense of national pride for their own nation and take care of their borders, their business situation in regards to jobs, and law enforcement.”
Some of Navarro’s more attention-grabbing moves included his initial announcement that he was running against Waters in May. He hired a mariachi band to play traditional Mexican music as he and his supporters stood in front of Waters’s home.
The video has so far garnered over 175,000 views.
While Navarro says he’s grateful for the support of high-level donors, the majority of his donations have been less than $200.
“I’m very happy that there are a lot of high-profile people who are stepping up and helping the campaign. But this isn’t going to happen on its own,” he told Breitbart News. “I greatly value the small donors who have contributed under $200 to my campaign. They are the driving force behind my campaign. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible.”
Navarro added, “They are even more important than the high-level donors because they keep my office doors open and give me the ability to sent out mailers and get my message out there. Anyone who donates can really make a difference in this campaign.”
At the end of September, Navarro reportedly had approximately $21,500 left in his campaign war chest.
But beyond the fact that he has built a serious campaign, Navarro says, “I am the right candidate for the job and the best candidate to be representing our state and country. I will work hard to afford people better opportunities in our state and county.”
Navarro concluded by telling Breitbart News that in the Golden State, “We are showing people that we can do what Donald Trump did with Hillary Clinton.”