Flip the 14, an organization working to replace all 14 of California’s Republicans in Congress, today announced that it is forming an alliance with the Fresno-Madera-Tulare-Kings Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
Specifically, Flip the 14’s 75-person call and text center, which includes Spanish speakers, will reach thousands of voters throughout CA-21 and CA-22, the districts currently represented by Republican Congressmen David Valadao and Devin Nunes respectively. The goal is boosting turnout among infrequent voters and recruiting in-district volunteers for door-to-door canvassing and other activities that will boost turnout.
The outreach strategy is being developed by both groups. “At Flip the 14, we like working closely with organized labor, because they already have a network of dedicated volunteers and they have an enduring campaign infrastructure. The FMTK Central Labor Council is already in the trenches in CA-21 and CA-22. Working together, we’re going to change the electoral math in the Central Valley,” said Doug Linney, Co-Founder and Campaign Manager for Flip the 14.
“Congressmen David Valadao and Devin Nunes have consistently voted against working families across the nation. Together, they form a deadly duo of corruption that starts with padding the pockets of their wealthiest donors and ends with families in the Valley having worse healthcare and ongoing immigration challenges. It’s time for a change,” said Dillon Savory, Executive Director of the FMTK CLC. “Our Council already has an aggressive voter outreach campaign underway, and with Flip the 14’s call and text center in the mix, we’re ready to take our field campaign to the next level.”
Flip the 14 and the FMTK Central Labor Council believe Valadao and Nunes are both vulnerable with increased voter participation, and that’s why both groups have developed a robust field operation. Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a widely respected political analysis resource, identifies both seats as swingable (“likely Republican”).