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Eggman Won’t Challenge Denham Again

He’s launching a PAC to flip red California House seats.

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Ally Mutnick
June 26, 2017, 10:55 a.m.

2016 chal­lenger Mi­chael Egg­man (D) won’t make a third at­tempt to un­seat Rep. Jeff Den­ham (R), in­stead launch­ing a fed­er­al PAC, called Red to Blue Cali­for­nia, to flip the sev­en House seats that Hil­lary Clin­ton won in 2016.

“‘I ran twice, and I don’t see a third time in me,’ he said. ‘If I can put the same amount of en­ergy that I put in­to my own cam­paign in­to the sev­en con­gres­sion­al races, wouldn’t that be a bet­ter show of my re­si­li­ency?’ … I fig­ure I’m still tak­ing the fight to not only Jeff Den­ham,’ but oth­er Re­pub­lic­an in­cum­bents, as well.”

Egg­man, who lost by 4 points last Novem­ber, said he plans to raise $7 mil­lion and di­vide it evenly among the dis­tricts, which are held by Den­ham and Reps. Dar­rell Issa (R-49), Dana Rohra­bach­er (R-48), Mimi Wal­ters (R-45), Steve Knight (R-25), Dav­id Valadao (R-21), and Ed Royce (R-39). Clin­ton won Den­ham’s seat by 3 points. (Politico/re­lease)

Egg­man is not the only Cali­for­nia Demo­crat to launch such a group. Former Rep. El­len Tauscher (D-10) has be­gun a PAC, called Fight Back Cali­for­nia, that also aims to flip these sev­en seats.

HELP­ING HAND. Rep. Bri­an Mast (R-FL 18) will head­line a fun­draiser for his col­league Rohra­bach­er, “who has drawn cri­ti­cism for pro-Rus­sia com­ments and for sug­gest­ing the United States should work with IS­IS against mu­tu­al en­emies. … The $200 per per­son fun­draiser on Sunday of­fers guests an op­por­tun­ity to meet Mast, de­scribed in the in­vit­a­tion as a ‘great Amer­ic­an hero.’” (Palm Beach Post)

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