Two California Democrats vying to guide celebration’s marketing campaign arm

Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) introduced his candidacy Monday to guide Home Democrats’ marketing campaign arm, establishing an inside management race between a pair of California Democrats.

Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Pacoima) introduced his bid Friday.

In a letter to colleagues, Bera solid himself as “the best choice” to guide the Democratic Congressional Marketing campaign Committee, leaning on his expertise as a member of outgoing DCCC Chair Sean Patrick Maloney’s management staff.

Although Home Democrats total exceeded expectations in final week’s midterm, Maloney (D-N.Y.) misplaced his personal bid for reelection, leaving the management publish open.

Bera labored with the DCCC within the current election cycle, overseeing efforts to guard weak incumbent Democrats in battleground districts.

If elected as DCCC chair, he mentioned he would try to be “a unifying bridge across districts and members” and would construct “a talented team that reflects the diversity, strengths, and skills of our caucus and of America.”

Bera, a medical physician, is a first-generation Indian American.

He mentioned he discovered firsthand the best way to win in powerful, costly races when he ousted a Republican incumbent within the 2012 cycle.

“I know what it takes to win in a competitive race and how to communicate with a wide constituency,” Bera mentioned. “Many of the practices that my office and campaign implemented and honed are now part of the programs that many of you use.”

Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas) praised Bera’s monitor report. “Having watched Ami help lead our efforts to protect and expand our electoral map, I know he is the most experienced and battle-tested member to lead the DCCC at this pivotal moment,” he mentioned.

Bera additionally touted his fundraising capability, noting that he has raised or donated practically $500,000 for Democratic members and candidates this cycle, and helped the DCCC elevate $1.4 million for itself and greater than $3.8 million to make use of in frontline and Republican-held districts that Democrats sought to flip.

“House Democrats defied history last Tuesday. Not only did our frontliners win close races, but we flipped several red to blue seats and we broadened and strengthened our base through historic turnout from young voters,” Bera mentioned.

Management of the Home stays too near name as election outcomes for a number of races proceed to be tallied. Republicans seem more likely to win a slender majority.

GOP candidates have gained 212 seats within the subsequent Congress in comparison with Democrats’ 204. One celebration should safe no less than 218 seats to assert the bulk.

Democrats count on to vote on their inside celebration management positions on the finish of the month.

A key unanswered query is what Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) plans to do. She mentioned in 2018 that she would step down from Home Democratic management on the finish of 2022 to clear the best way for the subsequent technology.

However as that date approached, Pelosi has refused to speak about her plans, main some to take a position she could also be contemplating staying on.