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Some California Dems trying to flip the House are backing away from Pelosi


Nancy Pelosi may be one of the nation’s best-known Democrats, but some California House candidates in her party have decided they would be better off attacking her than backing her.

“While I respect Leader Pelosi’s years of advocacy on behalf of California and the Democratic Party, it’s time for new leadership,” Gil Cisneros, who is running for an Orange County seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Ed Royce, said in a statement explaining why he won’t support the Democratic leader if his party takes back the House and Pelosi runs for speaker.

Democrat Andrew Janz, who is running an uphill race against GOP Rep. Devin Nunes of Tulare, has also said he would not support Pelosi.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) walks through a House corridor en route to a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 7, 2018. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)TOM BRENNER;Tom Brenner / New York Times

“I think it’s time for a new generation of leaders to go to Washington, and this is with respect to both Democrats and Republicans,” Janz said in a March interview with NBC. “I think the country, and my district in particular, is hungry for change.”

Cisneros and Janz are among a growing number of Democratic challengers in red or purple districts who are looking to distance themselves from the 78-year-old House minority leader, a “San Francisco liberal” whom GOP leaders love to demonize.

“With Pelosi as speaker, everything we’ve fought for will come undone,” says a digital ad the National Republican Congressional Committee began running in May. “Democrats will raise your taxes if they take back control of Congress — that’s what House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi now says.”

In contests across the country, Republicans are trying to tie Democratic candidates, many of them young, progressive and politically inexperienced, to Pelosi, who has been in Congress since 1987 and served as speaker from 2006 to 2010.

After Democrat Jon Ossoff lost a 2017 special election in Georgia under a flood of GOP advertising suggesting he would be a “rubber-stamp for Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda,” other Democratic candidates tried to inoculate themselves against similar attacks.

In a Pennsylvania special election in March, Democrat Conor Lamb said from the start of his campaign that he wouldn’t back Pelosi for speaker. Although more than half the GOP ads featured attacks on Pelosi, Lamb pulled out a narrow victory.

It also helped that he ran his campaign, in the words of a mine workers union leader, as a “God-fearing, union-supporting, gun-owning, job-protecting, pension-defending, Social Security-believing, health care-creating, and sending-drug-dealers-to-jail Democrat!”

Victory in politics breeds imitation, and Lamb’s success in turning his back on Pelosi is driving similar efforts by challengers in other conservative-leaning districts.

“It’s a way of addressing a potential vulnerability,” said Jack Pitney, a professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College. “In a tight race, you don’t want to lose even a small group of voters” who may be put off by Pelosi.

Then there’s the money question. Pelosi is one of the Democrats’ most successful fundraisers, and much of the cash she collects goes directly toward helping her party’s candidates for Congress.

On Monday, for example, she was in Los Angeles for a star-studded, $25,000-a-person fundraiser that brought in about $4.5 million for the House Majority PAC, which is supporting Democrats in the midterm elections.

UNITED STATES - MAY 21: Gil Cisneros, Democrat running for California's 39th Congressional district seat in Congress, speaks to the Hacienda Heights Improvement Association meeting at the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District board room in the City of Industry, Calif., on Monday, May 21, 2018. California is holding its primary election on June 5, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES – MAY 21: Gil Cisneros, Democrat running for California’s 39th Congressional district seat in Congress, speaks to the Hacienda Heights Improvement Association meeting at the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District board room in the City of Industry, Calif., on Monday, May 21, 2018. California is holding its primary election on June 5, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)Bill Clark / CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

Cisneros himself received about $2 million from the national Democratic Party, and groups including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee helped boost him past other Democrats in the June 5 primary.

Turning against Pelosi doesn’t necessarily end GOP attacks, as Cisneros quickly discovered.

“Now that he scraped through the primary with Pelosi’s help, Cisneros is changing his tune — (saying) new leadership is needed in the Democratic Party,” Jack Pandol, a spokesman for the Republican National Congressional Committee, said in a statement. “Gil’s craven political posturing is as laughable as it is pathetic. … Gil took Nancy’s money; he owns her baggage — it’s that simple.”

But there are plenty of questions about just how effective the Republicans’ anti-Pelosi attack ads will be anywhere, much less in Democratic-leaning California, Pitney said.

“When I stand in line at the supermarket, I don’t hear people talking about Nancy Pelosi,” he said. “People who care (about Pelosi) likely have already decided who they are going to vote for.”

There’s a reason, though, why Republicans are convinced they can use Pelosi to drag down Democratic candidates.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll taken this month found that 45 percent of registered voters were less likely to back a congressional candidate who wants to make Pelosi speaker, compared with 21 percent who would be more likely to vote for that candidate. Thirty-two percent said it would make no difference.





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