Goal: Replacing Devin Nunes In November

RicardoFrancoNunesComrade.pngLet's send our own memo to Devin Nunes: "You're Fired!" Ricardo Franco is a progressive Democrat organizing in the Central Valley to take on who local paper Fresno Bee calls “Trump’s Stooge”. Blue America endorsed him today.

If California is the beating heart of progressive America, how can it be possible that the most powerful leader of Donald Trump's Praetorian Guard hails from the Golden State? I'm speaking, of course, of Congressman Devin Nunes, a man so devoted to the president that he is willing to destroy any institution in the US Government that threatens his Dear Leader.

One would think that a smart Republican would keep a bit of a low profile in a state which only gave Trump 31.6 percent of the vote in 2016, the lowest percentage of any Republican nominee to ever run for president. Not Nunes. Despite the fact that Trump remains mired in scandal and embarrassingly low approval ratings, he has taken the role of Trump defender to such an extreme that his face is now the international symbol for Trumpian sycophancy.

Nunes felt the Trump magic early, traveling around the state with him on Trump Force One during the campaign and becoming an influential foreign policy member of the Trump transition. As the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee he immediately took it upon himself to run interference for the White House by trying to help Trump make the case for his inane conspiracy theory that the Obama administration had tapped Trump Tower.

He made a fool of himself, pretending that in conducting his oversight duties he had "discovered" proof and had to rush to the White House to inform the president --- only to be revealed to have conspired with Trump staffers in the middle of the night to produce this information. This supposedly led to him recusing himself from the Russia investigation although his continued involvement shows he understands that in the Trump era, rules, traditions, norms and laws are all optional for Republicans.

Needless to say, the recent drama with what's known as "The Nunes Memo" and his announced intention to write many more in which he promises to name names in the Department of Justice, the FBI and the State Department and complete the "purge" of all government employees suspected of being insufficiently loyal to Trump, means he's going to be very busy in Washington over the next few months.

He should be paying a little more attention to what's happening in his district.

Nunes won comfortably in 2016 but that was before he voted for a tax bill designed to wreak revenge on California residents. It was before the Republicans decided to go to war against immigrants and start deporting people who've been living in the state for years. It was before Trump made fun of climate change and ignored the epic fire season that burned thousands of homes in California.It was before Nunes' Dear Leader decided to open oil drilling off California's coast, even as he exempted Florida a state which narrowly voted for him.

Nunes thinks his district is safe for him but everything indicates that 2018 will be a big blue wave referendum on Donald Trump. Being known as what the Fresno Bee recently called "Trump's Stooge" may just motivate a few more Democrats than usual to come out and vote. If they do, he has a problem. The district is 45% Latino, 42% white, 7% Asian and 3% black.

Luckily, a great young progressive Latino by the name of Ricardo Franco is running to replace him and Blue America has been happy to endorse him. He's a local businessman whose family has been in the area since 1912 and unlike Donald Trump, whose daddy had to pull strings to get him into the Wharton School of Business, Ricardo got in on his own. He has a keen insight on how to communicate progressive ideas to this traditional region in ways that feel familiar and new at the same time. And while Nunes, who is of Portuguese ancestry, says he "doesn't mind" being called Hispanic but thinks the term is "too broad" Ricardo speaks Spanish and is proud to call himself Latino.

Devin Nunes has been in Washington for 16 years and has lost touch with his community. Today he thinks the only person he needs to please in this world is Donald Trump.

He's going to find out this November that he is wrong.

Ricardo Franco is the future of the Democratic Party and Blue America is proud to support him. If we help him beat Trump's most loyal henchman it would send a powerful message to both parties in Washington that progressives in this country have decided that enough is enough.

Please give what you can to help send Ricardo Franco to Washington.

Thank you for your support.

Digby, for the entire Blue America team



Ohio shouldn't be represented by someone working for China-- Help Justin Beat Boehner

It probably won't surprise you to find out that the DCCC is basically using all their resources to save the seats of anti-Choice, antigay, anti-healthcare, pro-Big Business Blue Dogs and doing nothing whatsoever to help progressive challengers take on the worst of the reactionary Republicans who are such a threat to our country. Here at Blue America we're working hard to give Justin Coussoule a fighting chance to beat the orange golfer who would be Speaker, John Boehner. But we've run into a little hitch. Actually a big one-- using the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a vehicle, China, Russia and several other foreign powers with a vested interest in seeing Boehner win the Speaker's chair have funneled millions of dollars into the midterm elections. Howie wrote extensively about this yesterday.

Because of Blue America donors we've been able to help put Justin on the map with our billboard campaign and a modest TV ad campaign in Butler County. Now we're ready to knock Boehner's block off. Can you help? Blue America's ad team are putting together what we think will be the blow that will hit Boehner so hard that just could actually win this race!

There are very clear differences between Boehner and Justin, differences that voters need to hear about. Boehner adamantly opposes a woman's right of Choice and would like to see Roe v Wade overturned. Justin is just as adamant that the government has no business interfering with this kind of difficult personal decision and that it's a matter for a woman, her family and her physician to work out. Boehner opposes equality for the LGBT community. More in tune with contemporary feelings on the subject, Justin feels no Americans should be discriminated against under the law. Boehner vociferously opposed the whole concept of Wall Street reform while Justin feels that a legitimate and necessary role of government is to protect consumers and workers from powerful predatory forces. Boehner has been a tireless champion of trade legislation-- from NAFTA and CAFTA to the WTO/GATT and most favored status for China-- that has shipped millions of American jobs to low wage countries. Justin is campaigning for incentives to create good paying jobs in America. I  have a feeling that based on the above, we could tell you an issue and you would be able to guess which side Boehner is on and which side Justin is on.

The Chinese Communists are desperate to make John Boehner Speaker of the House. We want to make sure they fail. On this page you'll find a slot to donate to Justin's campaign and a slot to donate to the PAC for our ad buy. Legally we can't coordinate our buy with Justin's campaign and the money that goes for his campaign can't be used for the ad buy. The best scenario is to split whatever you feel like contributing between the two efforts.

Thanks again,

digby, Howie, and John and the Blue America team




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