“Democrats have to stay focused on the prize,” Linney added. “They need to prove they can bring about the change they want in the district. ... There is no need to attack fellow Democrats.”
A voter who is engaged in June is likely to stay engaged in November, he said.
“It would be nice to have one guy who can start his general election campaign in the primary, but democracy is messy,” Linney said. “We’re going to support whoever emerges from the process,” which is what he expects the losing Democrats will do.
Orange County Register: After retirement decisions by Royce and Issa, struggling California GOP looks vulnerable if ‘blue wave’ hits
The two veteran California lawmakers unexpectedly announcing this week that they would not seek reelection – Reps. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, and Darrell Issa, R-Vista – both represent districts where Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump. Both are among districts targeted by Democrats in their effort to flip the 24 seats needed to take control of the House of Representatives. The prospect of losing often factors into such retirement decisions.
“The incumbents have their ear to the ground and they are headed to the exits,” said Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of Cal State Los Angeles’ Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs. “In terms of what’s going to happen in November, incumbents are the canary in the coal mine.
Issa becomes the second longtime California Republican congressman to announce that he would retire from the House of Representatives. Ed Royce (R-Yorba Linda) announced two days before Issa that he would not seek a 12th term in office.
Reaction to Issa’s retirement was split along partisan lines, as Republicans praised him as a political force who wielded his influence for the good of the district, while Democrats derided him for his voting record, which was virtually in lock step with President Donald Trump.
…another one bites the dust, and another one gone, and another one gone, retire 12 more we must!
2018 is certainly off to a better start than 2017. Just two days after Rep. Ed Royce jumped ship to avoid the incoming blue wave, Rep. Darrell Issa joined him. California’s Republicans in Congress are fleeing for the life rafts before they suffer a humiliating defeat in November.
You made this happen!
The collective power of the California Resistance is reminding our Republican delegation day in and day out that we’re paying attention and tired of their constant votes that harm our state and their constituents. Their grip on Congress is slipping away, and they know it.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., announced he will not seek re-election Wednesday, adding to a record number of House Republicans heading for the exits ahead of the 2018 midterms — perhaps seeing the writing on the wall of a possible wave election for Democrats.
There are now 31 Republicans who will not seek re-election in November: 19 who are retiring outright and another 12 who are running for higher office. And that list is is expected to grow in the coming weeks.
The last time a party had nearly that many members retire during a midterm year was in 1994, when 28 Democrats left and the GOP subsequently took back control of Congress in the Republican Revolution. Now, it's Republicans who find themselves in the opposite and unenviable position. Just one year into his term, President Trump has record low approval ratings, congressional Republicans have had few legislative achievements save for the tax overhaul they passed last month, and Democrats seem more fired up than ever to issue a rebuke to the GOP at the ballot box this year.
Having passed their tax bill, top Republican leaders have already identified the next frontier for 2018: a push to enact sweeping budget cuts on programs the poorest Americans depend on.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and other top Republican leaders, fresh off a tax bill that is estimated to add at least $1 trillion to the national debt, are already sounding the alarm about an out-of-control deficit problem. Their targets for closing the gap include Social Security, Medicare, and food stamps.