Former Orange County Republican Party Chairman Scott Baugh (R) appears set to launch a challenge to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R). (Flash Report)
“The entry of Baugh, a well-known name in Orange County Republican circles, would scramble the already crowded field. … With more than half a dozen Democrats hoping to flip the district and the an ugly party-endorsement fight still lingering, Baugh could put Democrats at added risk of getting shut out of the November top-two runoff.
“Baugh pulled filing papers at the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ office Wednesday and paid the $1,740 fee to run. He has yet to announce a campaign and did not respond to a request for comment. Baugh has until Friday to complete additional paperwork to get his name on the June 5 primary ballot.
“The former state assemblyman has been mulling a run in the 48th District for some time. He raised money ahead of the 2016 election, saying he would only run if Rohrabacher retired. He told the Daily Pilot that GOP incumbents who hold to party principles shouldn’t be challenged by fellow Republicans.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Blackwater founder Erik Prince will host a fundraiser this month for Russia-friendly … Rohrabacher, as Prince faces new questions over a 2017 meeting currently being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller.
“Prince and Rohrabacher have been friends and mutual supporters for years: Prince interned for the California congressman on Capitol Hill in 1990, and Rohrabacher vigorously defended Prince when Blackwater faced congressional scrutiny during President George W. Bush’s administration.
“The fundraising event, slated for March 18 at Prince’s Middleburg, Virginia residence, is expected to be attended by GOP Reps. Tom Garrett Jr. and Dave Brat, and Lt. Colonel Oliver North, according to an invitation obtained by CNN. Tickets start at $1,000 for the general reception, although donors paying $2,700 will also be invited to attend a VIP event before.” (CNN)