California Republican congressman Devin Nunes has a challenger. Fresno County Deputy District Attorney Andrew Janz announced his candidacy yesterday for the California 22nd Congressional District.
The 33-year old Democrat will have a difficult time unseating Nunes who won by 68 percent of the vote in 2016.
If he does have a shot it’s because of the mess Nunes had made as House Intelligence chairman overseeing the investigation of Russian interference in the last election. Perhaps more than any other elected Republican Nunes announced through his actions and statements that he was Trump’s boy and would do whatever it took to protect the president.
Nunes, the embattled chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, was forced earlier this month to step aside from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election after the House Committee on Ethics announced an investigation following complaints that he “may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information.” That announcement followed weeks of headlines in which Nunes was criticized for briefing President Donald Trump at the White House — before the congressman briefed his own committee members, including ranking Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) — regarding what he said was information that some members of the Trump election team had been subjects of surveillance regarding Russian connections.
Janz is a newbie, and Nunes might well be unbeatable. But if things go terribly wrong for the Republicans in the mid-term, it will be those elected officials perceived as too close to Trump who will likely pay the price.