#RESIST BY TAKING BACK CONGRESS
The road to stopping Trump’s agenda by taking back the US House of Representatives runs through “red” California. Our state currently has seven Republican incumbents representing districts carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016 — some by wide margins. By replacing these Republicans with Democratic Congressmembers, we won’t just better serve the people of California, we can substantially eat into Republican’s Congressional majorities.
Red California is key to
taking back the US house
Focus on Local Victories
We can’t take back red California, just by targeting federal races. We need to build a permanent progressive infrastructure in the “swing” areas of California, including electing a bench of talented Democrats to serve as strong voices for the future. By creating a strong crop of local candidates we can return common sense representation to the forgotten areas of our state and create good candidates ready to step up and run in federal races down the line. And often, these areas of the state are rural and financially stressed, so the local parties may not have the resources to support their local candidates. That’s where we step in.
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When it comes to federal races, we will focus on beating the seven Republican incumbents who represent Hillary-won seats. When selecting local races, we will identify Democrats running against Republican incumbents for local office with a viable shot of victory, and will support electing talented Democratic leaders in local offices that sit in any of those seven red districts, who could be a future member of Congress.
SEATS THAT ARE RIPE
We are working to recruit strong candidates, mentor and train them, and to provide the financial resources and infrastructure they need to win.
While our goals are aggressive, our mission is narrow: we are on the front lines to replace Republican incumbents with Democrats. There are many worthwhile goals -- like winning primary campaigns in Democratic districts or helping good Democratic incumbents hold onto their offices against Republican opposition -- they aren’t our focus. Red To Blue California is about staying on offense to implement change.
President Former Congressman Mike Honda
Congressman Honda is a progressive champion for those without a voice. He firmly believes we must stand up for the least of us so that all of us can thrive.
Interned at the age of three during World War II because he because he looked like the enemy, he saw first hand the failure of a great democracy to stand up for what is right. Mike took that lesson to heart and later became the first generation to answer John F. Kennedy’s call to join the peace corps to give back and share the best of our values with the world. He became a teacher before being encouraged to enter public life by his friend and mentor Norm Mineta.
Mike later served as a Santa Clara County Supervisor, State Assemblymember, and as a Member of Congress from 2001 - 2016, always fighting for equity and progressive values. Mike continues the fight we work to flip seats in California from Red to Blue.
Executive Director Vince Rocha
Vince Rocha is a progressive campaign strategist, bringing more than twelve years in politics to the job. Rocha’s experience working with a number of members of California’s delegation gives him unique insight into what it takes to build grassroots movements and win.
Rocha knows what it takes help Democrats win in tough districts. During the Tea Party wave of 2010, Rocha worked on the ground in a frontline Congressional race with Rep. Jerry McNerney to help him hold onto his seat in a nationally targeted race by Republicans and their allies.
Prior to joining Red to Blue California, Rocha also worked on affordable housing policy, served as Congressman Honda’s deputy communications director, and has worked on municipal and federal elections.
In The News
Red to Blue California partners with Swing Left on a turnout operation to avoid a top-two shutout
Red to Blue California will announce today that it’s partnering with Swing Left on a turnout operation in CA-39, -48 and -49, the latest Democratic effort to avoid a top-two shutout in competitive California districts.
Trump visit signals growing GOP unease
Nunes may have sincere reason to worry about his future. Earlier this month, Vincent Rocha, executive director of Red to Blue California–a political action committee funding Democratic candidates against weak congressional Republicans–announced the group has added Nunes and the 22nd Congressional District to its list of targets.
The GOP tax plan passed. Now Democrats have another big issue to use in the midterms
Michael Eggman, a Democrat who ran against Rep. Denham last year and is Red to Blue’s founder, said his group saw a 15% bump in donations from October to November, just as the tax bill debate was heating up. Eggman’s group and others blanketed California’s airwaves and digital real estate with ads decrying the “billionaire tax cuts.”
“We’re going to keep on banging this tax plan drum, of course, because it hurts the people we are really trying to give voice to, the middle working class,” Eggman said. And, he added, the bill is “certainly making it easier for me to grow my organization.”
Some in State GOP Delegation to Congress Take Soft Stand on Tax Bill
San Francisco Chronicle
Andrew Feldman is a spokesman for Red to Blue California, a political action committee that launched digital ads and petition drives Monday against GOP House members in California.
“When is enough enough?” he asked of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and now to change the tax code in a way many analysts say will benefit the wealthy more than the middle class. “The last thing their constituents want is for them to vote in favor of a tax plan that gives the largest tax breaks to billionaires and corporations and penalizes education, hardworking students and families with children.”
Does Tax Bill Help or Hurt Californians? Republicans Hearing it From Both Sides
Another PAC, Red to Blue CA, is similarly attacking the same seven Republicans – the five Southern California lawmakers plus Reps. Jeff Denham of Turlock and David Valadao of Hanford – warning them not to support “tax cuts for billionaires.”
Tired of exporting campaign cash, these politicos are putting California first
"...now there's an effort to ensure their hard-earned dollars make a difference in their own communities. Or if not their own communities, their aunt's backyard in Bakersfield or their daughter's backyard in San Diego."
As Senate delays health care vote, fight heats up in California GOP districts
The Mercury News
Michael Eggman, a Central Valley farmer and beekeeper who ran against Denham in 2014 and 2016, announced this week that he is starting a similar PAC, “Red to Blue California,” which he said would provide funding and training to Democrats running against the seven GOP incumbents. “I’m taking what I learned on the campaign trail to make sure others succeed where we fell short,” Eggman said in a statement.
Democrats Look to Overcome Central Valley Hurdles
Andrew Feldman, a spokesman for Red to Blue California, one of several new
political action committees aimed at flipping House seats in the state, said the
health care vote is particularly problematic for Denham and Valadao, whose“districts are not necessarily wealthy districts, especially in the Central Valley—you’ve got people on Medicaid, you’ve
got people that use these services regularly.
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