Photo courtesy of Applegate for Congress
He says it got to the point where he wasn't going to be able to look at himself in the mirror every morning if he didn't throw his hat into the ring. Once a relative unknown in the 49th Congressional District (much of North County and part of Orange County), Col. Doug Applegate came out of nowhere to become the guy who nearly topped incumbent Darrell Issa in the June primary and is looking like he could beat the veteran GOP lapdog in the November general election.
"I couldn't just stay on the sidelines," says the former Marine infantry officer and Judge Advocate who was stationed at Camp Pendleton. He says his experience has allowed him to see the impact of American foreign policy as well as the country's judicial system.
Early in the election cycle, Applegate's opponent supported Donald Trump in the presidential race. Well before recent allegations regarding Trump's predatory actions and sexual harassment of women, Applegate's campaign linked Issa with Trump, and has run a series of ads noting that one scratches the back of the other. That prompted Issa's handlers to line up former New York mayor and Trump strategist Rudy Giuliani to do attack TV ads on Applegate.
But don't expect this Marine to buckle under pressure. Applegate wants to see the United States regain pride—within the military ranks, as well as up and down the socio-economic ladder.
"People are looking for a different form of representation," he says. "Somebody who will listen with fairness, equality and rule of law for everyone and in a transparent manner."