In 2012, voters across California sent nine (9) targeted Republican Congressional incumbents and challengers packing. As the 2014 election approaches, we're not giving these California Republican House members a pass. Learn more about their record, including their votes to shut down the government, and find out why 2014 will be the year California voters shut down these Tea Party Republicans.
During the government shutdown initiated by the GOP, Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10) spent his time pretending to be a moderate. But when it came time to vote for a bipartisan bill to re-open the government and save the country from default, he sided with his fellow Tea Party extremists and voted to keep the GOP shutdown. Watch this video to learn more about why Denham is wrong for CA-10.
Final votes are still being counted in two hard fought Congressional contests [CA-07 in Sacramento and CA-52 in San Diego] but as our candidates’ leads continue to grow in both districts, we feel confident the final count will demonstrate Democrats won nine of ten of the most contested Congressional races in the state.
Nine of ten.
Democrats made an early commitment, going back to the Party’s convention in February of 2012, to take advantage of our strength at the top of the ticket by making a strong effort in winnable “battleground” districts across the California. Often this meant going on offense early to highlight Republican candidate's records and deny them the option to morph into centrists later as several attempted to do.
More than anything our effort required resources, time and energy from volunteers, canvassers and staff throughout the state who made over 3.5 million knocks and dials in battleground Congressional Districts.
Mary Bono Mack has further cemented her reputation as a “say anything to get elected” politician in the vein of Mitt Romney whose campaign she chairs here in California. In only the latest example, Bono Mack has made bizarre claims that area Native American tribes – the same tribes that expressed offense after seeing Bono Mack’s vicious attack ads – were somehow “pushed by the Democrats” to express concern over the offensive ads.
The idea that sovereign tribes would be “pushed” by anyone or anything other than Bono Mack’s own offensive smear ads is absurd on its face.
Mary Bono Mack is facing the toughest challenge she’s faced in her fourteen years as an incumbent. Her desperation became apparent the moment she decided to attack the Democratic candidate Dr. Raul Ruiz for protesting on behalf of Native Americans and advocating for Native American peoples as a college student.
Riverside Republican John Tavaglione is hitting the D.C. fundraising circuit in style as he looks for bigger fish to fry. Tavaglione is looking to make the jump from glad-handing County Supervisor to member of the extreme Republican Congress from CA-41.