HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (AP) – Twenty-three years ago, Scott Baugh was a little-known Southern California lawyer whose conservative politics and youthful Brio impressed Republican US Representative Dana Rohrabacher, who drove his new charge to a seat
Now Baugh wants the job of the congressman.
What was once a political affinity for the values of the Reagan revolution has degraded into a rivalry in a state where Republicans can hardly afford it. 19659004] Democrats are pursuing a number of republican-held houses in California, four of them partially or wholly in Orange County. But even in the 48th district Rohrabacher disputes himself.
In the worst case, the inner-party feud of the GOP could cost a seat in a year, if the balance of power in Congress could depend on a handful
"It is a dangerous situation", said Republican National Committee man Shawn Steel, who has been known to the tube maker since the 1960s, and supports his friend's offer for a 16th trip to Capitol Hill. The Allies seem to escape, at least in part, from Baugh 's conviction that the congressman' s plans are at the end of his current term of office
The bad blood between the old Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en to retire, has broken. It also reflects a new reality in the increasingly democratic state: Republicans are fighting for their shrinking turf.
Rohrabacher, 70, is a former Cold Warrior who became Russia's leading defender on Capitol Hill. His name has surfaced in the investigation of Russian interference in the presidential elections of 2016; he has denied any wrongdoing.
The guitar-strumming, surfer-loving congressman is a former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan. He is widely known for his longstanding support for legalized marijuana.
He has portrayed Baugh in commercials as an ethically demanding lobbyist who, if elected, would become a "perfect member of the swamp in Washington," as President Donald Trump criticizes the Beltway policy
For Baugh's Substitute mentor the embodiment of what is wrong with Washington – an eternal incumbent for whom there is little to show.
55-year-old Baugh, who spent a decade leading the Orange County Republican Party, stuffs mailboxes with postcard-like ads mocking the congressman's numerous trips abroad, including several visits to Russia.
"You call me 'Putin's Favorite Congressman & # 39 ;," the flip side jokes a presentation of the famous domes of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow
Part of the uncertainty in the race comes from a crowded field in the election of June 5, combined with California's so-called Jungle Primary System, in which all candidates are listed in a single ballot. Irrespective of party affiliation, the first two vocal conjurers are moving towards a November outflow.
Voters in the coastal district see a flood of ads carried by millions of dollars from both major party and outside candidates. 19659016] The rift has divided Republicans in Orange County, once considered a GOP stronghold where Democrats have broken into. Rohrabacher's district, which includes affluent coastal enclaves such as Newport Beach, is one of seven California Republicans that Hillary Clinton wears in the 2016 presidential campaign and targets this year.
As a permanent incumbent, Rohrabacher can take advantage of himself – he won the district by almost 17 points in 2016, although he has not experienced a tough race lately.
The party establishment is behind him. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes will do a fundraiser next month. And in March, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other prominent Republicans sent Baugh a scald letter urging him to step down.
"Limited resources and voluntary energy must be directed at defeating Democrats," they wrote, calling his campaign "destructive" to the Orange County Republican Party, which you helped to bring about.
Baugh remains unperturbed.
"The longer you stay in Washington, the less likely you'll achieve it," he said in an interview.] The Rohrabacher campaign did not respond to a request for an interview. [TheCongressmanwascontroversiallastweekaftertellingagroupofrealestateagentsinWashingtonthathomeownersshouldrefusetoselltheirpropertytogaysandlesbianstheOrangeCountyRegisterreportedthattheNationalAssociationofRealtorsrecommendedcensoredthatmemberssendcampaigncontributionstoRohrabacherandthattheCongressmandeniesthatheistryingtoshoreuphisconservativeflanktowardoffBaugh
Democrats have their own problems: too many candidates who could weaken the party's chances.
Several Democrats are among the top earners in the race, including the business businessman Harley Rouda, who is supported by the party's election campaign in the House of Representatives, the Democratic Congress Election Committee. But neuroscientist Hans Keirstead seized the support of the state's Democratic Party.
Ironically, there is also the possibility that Baugh's candidacy is a boon to Republicans.
With 16 names on the ballot in a district with a republican pedigree and a two-digit registration advantage for the GOP, it is mathematically possible that two Republicans will advance to the runoff election and eliminate the Democrats in November.
Congressional Democrats eager to keep Bauh out of the runoff have put out ads reminiscent of his 1999 agreement to pay a $ 47,900 fine for campaign campaign violations during his first race for the 1995 convention ,
It's all tired for Huntington Beach retiree Sharon Cress, a registered Republican who focuses a campaign on insults, no problems.
The two Republicans' ads are "all slaughter battles," said Cress, who worked in real estate. "It's just awful, I probably will not vote for either."