CALIFORNIA

DCCC Airs Spanish-Language Ad Touting Cisneros

In CA-45, Dave Min released an ad attacking two Democratic rivals.

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Ally Mutnick
May 23, 2018, 11:17 a.m.

The DCCC is airing a Spanish-language TV ad to boost lottery winner Gil Cisneros (D) in the crowded race to replace Rep. Ed Royce (R). The 30-second spot notes Cisneros was the first in his family to graduate from college and warns Republicans plan to slash financial aid and block a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers. (release)

CA-45: UC Irvine Law Professor Dave Min (D) released an attack ad, hitting his top two intraparty rivals, former housing bubble whistleblower Katie Porter (D) and former Obama technology adviser Brian Forde (D). The 30-second spot notes Porter calls herself a consumer protection attorney, though she’s not licensed to practice law in California; and attacks Forde as a “life-long registered Republican until he ran for Congress.” (release)

CA-48: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R), who faces “a potentially difficult re-election this fall, occupies an unusual space in politics. He’s an unapologetic defender of” Julian Assange, “someone viewed as a villain in Washington and a sharp skeptic of the widely held view in Congress and from US intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the US elections.”

“‘No, I do not,’ Rohrabacher said flatly when asked if he believed the Russians were behind the hack of the DNC and former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails.’He said, ‘I have physical proof that the Russians did not give me this,” Rohrabacher said, referring to Assange. ‘And [Assange said] that ‘I have physical proof that I would be very happy to provide once I can leave the Ecuadorian embassy without being arrested.”” (CNN) CA-50: A new 10News/San Diego Union-Tribune poll found Rep. Duncan Hunter (R) leading his nearest rival, activist Ammar Campa-Najjar (D) by 43 percent to 10 percent. Retired Navy SEAL Josh Butner (D) took just 5 percent of the vote with 25 percent undecided in the survey (May 15-20; 567 LVs; +/- 5.1%). “The poll conducted by SurveyUSA also shows 55 percent of voters in the 50th District approve of the job President Trump is doing.” (10News)

TURNOUT. NextGen America, the group backed by Democratic megadonor Tom Steyer, is investing $350,000 in GOTV efforts to boost primary turnout in four districts held by Reps. Jeff Denham (R-10) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-48) and retiring Reps. Ed Royce (R-39) and Darrell Issa (R-49). The campaign includes 20 organizers, direct mail and digital ads. (release)

HELPING HAND. “When President Donald Trump threw his endorsement Friday to” businessman John Cox (R), gubernatorial candidate, “he also gave House Republicans a potentially significant lift in their effort to maintain control of Congress. Republicans in this heavily Democratic state long ago abandoned almost any hope of winning the governorship, but getting shut out in California’s primary … could depress turnout and lead to devastating losses in House races statewide. … Trump’s endorsement of Cox … was the culmination of weeks of effort by Republican leadership, including endorsements from” Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-23) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-22). “The president’s intervention is considered especially significant as Cox failed to secure the California Republican Party’s endorsement, splitting activists’ support at the state party’s convention this month with” state Assemblyman Travis Allen (R). (Politico)

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