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I had the pleasure to meet Eloise Gomez Reyes at the Latino Congreso on Friday and I was sold.

She is running as a Democrate for the CA-31 Congressional district in the Inland Empire  The district is held by Republican Gary Miller who announced his retirement.

She spoke and she sounded smart, eloquent and committed.

She knew about Daily Kos and the diary abot her candidacy by emorej a Hong Kong;

CA-31: More & Better Democrat --- Eloise Gomez Reyes

Eloise was impressed that our founder is a Latino too.

Significantly, she has received the endorsement of the two Democrats (Hilda Solis and Xavier Becerra) who held an overlapping pre-redistricting district.

The primary will be held on June 3.  The top 2 candidates, regardless of party, go on to November.  

There are 6 candidates, 4 Democrats and 2 Republicans.

On the Democratic side her two main competitors are Pete Aguilar and Joe Baca.

Pete Aguilar, Mayor of Redlands, got blown out by the two Republicans who ran in 2012.  He didn't make it to November.  And as emorej said in his diary, Aguilar is a "moderate" Dem.

Joe Baca is another story.  He does have "baggage", including misus of funds, anti-choice votes and as emorej highlighed he is against gun control. Aguilar may be a moderate but Baca is definitely blue dog material and to his right.  The fourth Democrat is Danny Tillman who I have no opinion on.

On the Republican side one candidate has a chance, Leslie Gooch who was an aide to Gary Miller (she doesn't seem to have a website yet).  The other is wingnut Paul Chabot who made the news last year when he compared marijuana to child-pornography.

The DCCC had originally endorsed Pete Aguilar but recently it has gone neutral.

I strongly believe that Eloise can energize the critical Latino vote that may make up 30% of the voters in the district.  She got the endorsement of Emily's List that can also energize the women and small business voters.

I'm hoping that some Inland Empire Kossacks can pitch in to help Eloise.

Eloise is a "better" Democrat, her #1 issue is jobs and she believes that the almost 13% unemployment in the district can be helped by infrastructure jobs.  I agree  we also talked about other issues.  Money in politics is big for her as is mass-surveillance as is women's choice.  I also had a chance to meet Frank Reyes, her husband and an true gentleman.

She is a lawyer and she was the first Latino woman to open a law office in the Inland Empire. Before that, as a lawyer, she helped workers and unions.

One thing you can do is support her in Democracy for America and like her Facebook page.

Originally posted to Shockwave on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 05:52 PM PDT.

Also republished by California politics.

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  •  the big problem with the 31st is more local (4+ / 0-)
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    eeff, ericlewis0, Shockwave, Lujane

    especially, the corruption in San Bernardino city and county gov.

    I am leaning toward Pete Aguilar mostly because of name recognition, but just read where Difi is endorsing him so may have to reassess.

    God, I hope we don't have Joe Baca in there. Don't need any more blue dogs in congress.

    When I cannot sing my heart. I can only speak my mind.

    by Unbozo on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 06:19:02 PM PDT

  •  I got a polling call refering to this race (6+ / 0-)

    Not sure if it was a candidates internal poll or what, but it would be interesting to see the results.

    When I cannot sing my heart. I can only speak my mind.

    by Unbozo on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 06:22:48 PM PDT

  •  Good to see some genuine "better democrat" (3+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, Lujane, JamieG from Md

    and "here's what you can do" type writing here, rather than the usual spiritual boat anchor meta that's been going around here lately. Hope it gets some attention and gets some of us fighting for something, instead of against each other. Tipped and recommended.

    "There must be something beyond slaughter and barbarism to support the existence of mankind and we must all help search for it."

    by camlbacker on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 06:51:32 PM PDT

    •  Thanks camlbacker (2+ / 0-)
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      One thing I learned in the Latino Congreso is that the Dems in Texas are not doing a good job of reaching out to Latinos.  Any insight?

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      by Shockwave on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 06:59:04 PM PDT

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      •  Was the general consensus among the people that (2+ / 0-)
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        Shockwave, JamieG from Md

        you talked to there that this poor outreach was endemic specifically to Texas, or an example of broader issues with Latino outreach nationwide? Or perhaps some of both? Latinos aren't voting commensurate with their numbers anywhere in the country, really, but that's even more true in Texas as I understand it. Is it bad outreach or nonexistent outreach?

        With Texas specifically, I think it's been a long time since there has been meaningful nuts and bolts organizing state wide because Texas had been pretty much conceded to republicans until Battleground Texas came along. So, I think that's a good development and I hope that BGT has some insight in this vein. We are really reaping what we've sown in terms of building these constituencies on a state level, which is not much. So we're seeing with 20/20 hindsight the wisdom of the 50 State Strategy.

        I think there's no substitute for boots on the ground, but it's hard to get those boots on the ground without their knowing they're going to get meaningful support from the national organization in recruiting and developing candidates and campaign infrastructure.

        Short term, we'd better start talking about immigration reform while the republicans are behind the curve on it. Their nativist stupidity has bought us some time that we're not using very well. We need to capture that loyalty.

        "There must be something beyond slaughter and barbarism to support the existence of mankind and we must all help search for it."

        by camlbacker on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 09:56:43 PM PDT

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        •  The organizational structure of the party... (1+ / 0-)
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          JamieG from Md

          ...is unaware of how to communicate with or which ones has certain capabilities at the local level.

          I believe it's lack of experience on all sides.

          It would be nice if people in the Dem party knew who to talk to.

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          by Shockwave on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 10:04:56 PM PDT

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          •  I certainly have my reservations about Hillary (2+ / 0-)
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            Odysseus, Shockwave

            Clinton for the reasons that have been discussed here ad nauseam. One of my hopes for her candidacy if she runs is that she would put Texas in play and that the party would make the necessary investments to make it a real possibility. I have my doubts about that, since the stratagem has always been the easiest route to 270, and that's not through Texas. The end game has always been what gets us to 270, and not what builds lasting coalitions. It's much like the short term profits over the long game that we see in corporate America.

            Your comment reminded me of the old Will Rogers quote: "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat."

            The party has in recent years relied upon its cult of personality candidates, Obama being the most recent, but Bill Clinton being the last generation's example to the detriment of real organization and constituency building. It is a mistake, and I think we're missing a real opportunity by not reaching out to politically underserved communities more effectively. I think in Texas it primarily comes down to money.

            "There must be something beyond slaughter and barbarism to support the existence of mankind and we must all help search for it."

            by camlbacker on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 11:48:38 PM PDT

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  •  Way to go (3+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave.

    California is the model for the DNC.

    Suddenly, it dawns on me, Earnest T. Bass is the intellectual and philosophical inspiration of the TeaParty.

    by Nebraska68847Dem on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 07:00:02 PM PDT

  •  any polling yet on this race? (4+ / 0-)

    any danger of the 4 Dems splitting the vote and falling behind the 2 Rs?

  •  Momentum shift to Reyes: per 2 recent endorsements (1+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave

    which seem to indicate Democratic Congressional incumbents are re-thinking their (like the DCCC's) early assumption that clearing the field for a second try by 2012-under-performing Pete Aguilar would be best:

    March 8, 2014:

    On the first morning of the California Democratic Party’s convention in Los Angeles Rep. Jackie Speier endorsed Eloise Gomez Reyes in her run for Congress in California 31st District citing her desire to be “on the record” before the Party’s business gets underway... "need a fighter like Eloise to stand up to special interests. We thought 2012 would be the year we would turn the seat from Red to Blue but it slipped away. We can’t let that happen again. Eloise has proven herself the strongest candidate in the race..."
    March 20, 2014:
    Rep. Alan Lowenthal ... previously endorsed Pete Aguilar in 2013 and his endorsement of Eloise Gomez Reyes is a dual endorsement with Mr. Aguilar.

    “Eloise has spent her entire career fighting for injured workers and I’m confident that she’ll continue to be a strong fighter for working families in Congress... She’s done an outstanding job putting together her campaign..."

    Eloise Gomez Reyes stated “I want to thank Rep. Lowenthal for recognizing my hard work and the changing dynamics of this campaign

    .

    The broader lesson here,

    •    besides the increasingly evident attractions of Reyes' policies, profile, base-rallying and potential GOTV, is that

    •    the 'chicken and egg' problem of the DCCC making self-fulfilling prophecies that Progressive candidates are "un-electable"

    •    can be reversed by early Progressive support.

    I look forward to new polling to put pressure on Aguilar, who has benefited so much from, and done so little with, the Democratic Party's support, to withdraw before the primary "for the good of the Party" and of the district's Democratic majority.

    •  Thanks for the info emorej (0+ / 0-)

      Are you in the district?

      If so let's talk.

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      by Shockwave on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 08:39:32 PM PDT

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      •  Reyes' attractions have reached me -- very far (1+ / 0-)
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        Shockwave

        ... outside the district and the state (although I am still happy to talk).

        More importantly, Reyes' attractions have reached Speier and Lowenthal, who have recognized that the road to further building Democratic strength in California and nationally is not to clear the primary field by lining up behind the DCCC's early picks.

        It is precisely in districts like this, where more-centrist candidates have disproved their "electability", that Progressives should be the most aggressive in challenging them in primaries.

        I am often critical of Emily's List but, in the case of Reyes, EL appears to have played a useful role in helping enable a much "better" Democrat to earn fair consideration by potential endorsers and voters.

  •  Pete Aquilar is Latino, too. (1+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave

    Personally, I don't care who wins as long as it isn't a GOP or Joe Baca.

    I just don't want a debacle like last time when I voted my heart (Kim) and we all got screwed. I'll take a less-than-ideal Dem if he/she has enough to get past the second guy  in the race. In that case, I'll even take Baca (gag) over another GOPer.

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    by pucklady on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 08:31:20 AM PDT

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