Devin Nunes’ election opponent says he can win. Does Democratic Party agree?

Democrat Andrew Janz is confident he’s well on the way to defeating eight-term Central Valley Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, a favorite of President Trump.

Now he has to convince Democratic Party leaders.

Janz, a Fresno County deputy district attorney, has had plenty of success raising money from Democrats across the country. But he’s says he’s been almost invisible to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which makes the decisions when it comes to doling out party money to House candidates.

Janz, who was in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood the other day for a fundraiser, said he is more concerned than angry.

“I’m worried about their lack of interest in a most compelling contest” against an opponent who “is universally hated in Democratic circles,” Janz said.

Andrew Janz speaks at a Rotary Club luncheon Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 in Fresno.Eric Paul Zamora / Eric Paul Zamora

The 44-year-old Nunes, R-Tulare, has drawn the scorn of Democrats as chair of the House Intelligence Committee, a perch from which he’s led the effort to quash special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Party leaders decide which campaigns they believe are likely to succeed and make funding decisions accordingly. Janz fears that Democratic officials have put his race in the too-big-a-reach category.

Democrats are looking at a huge midterm battlefield of more than 100 competitive seats, and all their funding decisions are aimed at flipping the 23 GOP-held seats needed to retake control of the House. They’re saying the right things about Janz and his campaign, but their actions haven’t always matched their words. To read the rest of the story, click here.

Deep dives and late takes

Coming forward: Sexual assault survivors watching the Brett Kavanaugh controversy say they understand why a woman would wait more than 30 years to come forward with allegations of an attempted rape.

Roe vs. Wade: How would Brett Kavanaugh view a challenge to the landmark ruling legalizing abortion? He may have already sent a signal.

Crash the country club: Kevin de León is looking to shake up the U.S. Senate and take on President Trump. He doesn’t think Dianne Feinstein is the one to do it.

Police and social media: When 21 antifa activists were arrested at an August protest in Berkeley, police posted their mugshots, names, hometowns and other basic information on Twitter. Now the city is considering a ban on what critics called police “doxing.”

Rent control flip-flops: San Francisco supervisor candidate Sonja Trauss took one position on a state ballot measure that would give cities more freedom to impose rent control. Then she took another. Now she’s back to the first one.

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Twitter misfire: East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell tweeted, “Boo hoo hoo,” at Sen. Susan Collins when she said her office was getting threats over the Brett Kavanaugh case. It went over badly.

Ride-hailing riches: San Francisco supervisor candidate Nick Josefowitz wouldn’t be able to vote on most issues involving ride-hailing companies — his wife owns more than $1 million in Lyft stock.

Straw vote: California became the first state to limit dine-in restaurants from handing out plastic straws. Gov. Jerry Brown says that should be only the first step.

Booing Trump: The president had a message for newly naturalized U.S. citizens. But when his face came on the screen at Oakland’s Paramount Theater, the reception was decidedly negative.

Teaming up: San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s allies are taking a page out of the playbook her mayoral opponents used — running as a tag team to try to deny the seat to a third candidate.

Helping PG&E: Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill intended to save Pacific Gas and Electric Co. from possibly ruinous costs stemming from Northern California wildfires.

Political calendar: It’s election season, so there’s no shortage of candidate debates and forums happening in the Bay Area. You’ll find them all, and more, in the Bay Area political calendar.

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