Politics

Salas comes clean on 11-year age gap on dating apps: ‘I made a mistake’

A Central Valley lawmaker and Congressional candidate admitted to misrepresenting his age on dating apps after screenshots of his profile went public.

Tuesday morning, The Sun exclusively revealed screenshots taken from a female Bumble and Tinder user apparently showing Asm. Rudy Salas (D–Bakersfield) reporting his age as 11 years younger than it truly is.

Salas was first elected to the Assembly in 2012 and is currently running against Rep. David Valadao (R–Hanford) for the newly-drawn 22nd Congressional District.

His official biography lists him as 45 years old.

However, Salas was seen on dating apps claiming to be 34 years old.

Following the publication of the story, Salas’ campaign sent a statement to The Sun confirming that the screenshots are accurate.

“I made a mistake,” Salas said. “It won’t happen again.”

Salas faces Valadao, former Fresno City Councilman Chris Mathys (R–Firebaugh) and Kings County Board of Education Trustee Adam Medeiros (R–Hanford) in the primary on June 7.

The top two vote getters will advance to the general election in November.

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.