This One Might Slip Voters’ Minds by the Primary

Dems meet for first forum; trade jabs but agree on policy.

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Aug. 26, 2013, 6:30 a.m.

The Demo­crat­ic can­did­ates “mixed subtle jabs with broad agree­ment on is­sues dur­ing a for­um Sat­urday” in one of the coun­try’s harsh­er early primar­ies of 2014. DCCC-backed 2012 can­did­ate Pete Aguilar (D), hit­ting out at both Rep. Gary Miller (R) and former Rep. Joe Baca (D): “Send­ing the same people back to DC and ex­pect­ing a dif­fer­ent res­ult just won’t work.”

Baca: “We shouldn’t just send someone back. We should send someone who’s ef­fect­ive. We don’t need people to say “˜This is what I’m go­ing to do.”

At­tor­ney Eloise Gomez Reyes (D), tout­ing her ne­go­ti­ation skills: “I’m really tired of the politi­cians … I want ser­vant lead­ers to be in­volved.” (River­side Press-En­ter­prise)

Both Miller and Baca cri­ti­cized Aguilar for hav­ing only loc­al ex­per­i­ence, while Miller seemed to subtly boost Baca in quotes about the state of the race. Miller: “I don’t see a front-run­ner. I see a wo­man backed by Emily’s List. I see Pete Aguilar backed by the Demo­crat­ic es­tab­lish­ment, and I see Joe Baca work­ing for the vote of the people, so I’m not go­ing to call it.” (KP­CC)
— Scott Bland


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