‘Poorest’ Congressman Takes Roll Call Ranking in Stride

Liabilities of family farm business keep David Navarao at bottom of the list.

BakersfieldCalifornian_11_4CQ Roll Call’s latest “Wealth of Congress Index” is big news on the West Coast. That’s because for the second year in a row, California Democrat David Valadao sits at the very bottom of the annual rankings.

That’s today’s Bakersfield Californian front page, at right. Not exactly on the level of People’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” is it? Then there’s this, from a report by Sarah D. Wire for the Los Angeles Times:

“They [D.C. colleagues] offer to buy me lunch,” the second-term dairy farmer told the Los Angeles Times. “Especially the guys that know me and know my business really enjoy making fun of me. Luckily, the banks think it’s funny too.”

Because of liabilities associated with his family’s farm business, Valadao on paper has a calculated minimum net worth of minus $8.7 million. He has a long way to go before he catches up to the richest Congress person on the list, fellow California representative Darrell Issa. As Fox 5 San Diego reminds, Issa’s cool factor is further enhanced by the fact that he is the voice of the Viper car alarm warning that states: “Please step away from the car.”
[Image via: bakersfield.com]

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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