California Democratic Nominee Andrew Jans Beefs with DCCC
Andrew Janz is the Democratic nominee trying to unseat Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) in the state’s 22nd Congressional District, but Politico reports that he’s also in another battle with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Despite being one of the party’s top online fundraisers this year, raking in more than $1 million in July alone from small donors through the online Democratic fundraising platform, he says he can’t get the DCCC to return his calls. The 34-year-old prosecutor says the Dem’s House campaign arm has cut him out of promised fundraising money and frozen him out in his bid to unseat Nunes, who happens to be a top ally of Donald Trump known for his efforts to delegitimize the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. A poll released on Monday showed Janz just six points behind Nunes. California’s 22nd Congressional District, which is centered in the San Joaquin Valley, is comprised of a majority of people of color (2.8% Black, 7.3% Asian, and 44.8% Hispanic). Janz is a first-generation American. His mother is from Thailand and his father is from Canada. The DCCC has not included Janz in its “Red to Blue” program, designed for top-tier candidates in the nation’s most competitive House races. Janz was not invited to appear with former President Barack Obama at a DCCC event in Anaheim this month, saying the event was limited to Democrats running in seven Republican-held House districts in California that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016. A DCCC aide told Politico that the Committee continues to monitor the situation, and that a political staffer assigned to the race has been in the Central Valley twice. The aide said the DCCC “has never offered any aid to Janz that it hasn’t delivered.” Janz said, “We don’t need their help. … We are fine without them at this point. I just question sometimes their motives, and I question their competency.” More here.