Orange County businessman Stelian Onufrei (R), “a Romanian immigrant who owns a construction business,” announced his challenge Thursday to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R). “In a statement, Onufrei, 52, called Rohrabacher an ‘entrenched career politician’ who has ‘become a political lightning rod.’” He said “he would contribute $500,000 of his own money to fund his run.” (Los Angeles Times)
California’s top-two primary system means one party could be knocked out of the general election entirely. Rohrabacher has a handful of Democratic challengers including stem cell biologist Hans Keirstead (D) and businessman Harley Rouda (D).
NO PERMISSION. Rep. Ed Royce (R-39), “chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, canceled a publicly announced trip of Rohrabacher’s “to meet with the Russian parliament last spring with little notice.” Rohrabacher said “he decided not to go because he was worried the national focus on Russia would make it difficult to have serious conversations with Russian officials. … But a senior House GOP aide” said Royce actually put a stop to the trip, which was set for shortly after Trump’s inauguration. (Los Angeles Times)