GRASS VALLEY, California — Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), representing California’s 1st congressional district, affirmed Tuesday at a town hall meeting that he will vote against the Iran deal.
“If my vote is required today, I would affirm a no vote,” LaMalfa told a packed audience at the Grass Valley City Council Chambers. He summed the accords up as nothing more than “an agreement where we have have our hands tied behind our back by this administration” and said he found it “troubling” that Iran will be allowed to acquire ICBMs after eight years.”These are not peace-seeking missiles they are making,” he said.
He continued, “if we don’t get this right, we will see a nuclear proliferation race in the Middle East,” he said. “What are the odds of a nuclear device landing in the wrong hands?”
There was little opposition from attendees to LaMalfa’s comments on the Iran deal, although one man said it is worth LaMalfa “taking the risk” to agree with the accords. “It’s hard to come to agreement with someone who doesn’t even acknowledged the sovereignty of an ally such as Israel,” LaMalfa responded. Iran “will never, ever truly agree to be an ally of Israel.”
Several attendees voiced anger over the fact that the Obama Administration had not negotiated for the release of the American hostages being held by Iran. One woman shouted that the deal was not about the hostages.
LaMalfa applauded Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) for opposing the Iran deal, although he said they “don’t always see eye to eye” on many political issues. LaMalfa said he was happy to see that politicians are coming together, regardless of their political affiliation, to evaluate what is best for the nation and the world.
Speaking with Breitbart News after the town hall, LaMalfa said he believed the Obama administration’s push for a legacy achievement was the main motivation behind the deal.