Maxine Waters argues Calif. should have ‘more say’ by going first in primary, cites swanky fundraisers

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Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., wants the world to know that her state is “extremely important,” so much so that she feels that should have “more say” in who Democrats nominate for president.

Swanky fundraisers that raise a lot of money was the reasoning she offered, which shows how much of an elitist the 81-year-old Waters has become as a result of the gains she’s made in life as a public servant.

Appearing on CNBC, Waters was asked about California moving up its primary and said “a lot of people” feel Iowa and New Hampshire shouldn’t be the first presidential elections in the nation

“I think my state is extremely important, and that is why we moved up our primary,” she said.

“As you know, we have candidates who fly out to Los Angeles from everywhere to raise money,” she continued. “As a matter of fact, it had gotten so you’d have two, three, four at a time in Beverly Hills having dinners and some of our contributors, who were very rich, were holding, you know, fancy parties trying to accommodate the requests for donations and contributions.”

There are concerns on the left that Iowa and New Hampshire “giving too much weight to white voters’ voices in an increasingly diverse country,” as Mother Jones said of the Hawkeye State, and count Waters among this crowd, as she said these states are “not reflective of the makeup of this country.”

“The conclusion — the thinking is that if we are supplying tremendous dollars to candidates, we ought to have more say,” she said. “And of course beyond that, a lot of people have come to the conclusion that it should not simply be Iowa and New Hampshire.”

For the record, Iowa is 85% white, while New Hampshire is 90% white.

Waters lives in a 6,000-square foot, $4.3 million mansion outside her district, in the Windsor Square neighborhood of Los Angeles, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Southern California, according to the Orange County Register.

The most recent census data shows that the median household income in Waters’  district is $56,655, well below the statewide median of $71,805, with 16.6 percent of residents living below the poverty line, the newspaper reported.

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