DCCC supports Aguilar campaign in 31st District
Redlands Daily Facts, 05/10/13, by Greg Cappis
Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar's campaign to represent California's 31st Congressional District received a boost this week.
He was one of eight candidates included on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which will support candidates attempting to unseat incumbent Republicans. Michael Eggman is the only other Californian on the list. He will face Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Modesto.
"From our perspective it means we will have continued resources and support as we seek to represent Inland Empire families in this campaign," Aguilar said.
Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, holds the 31st Congressional District seat. The district, which stretches from Rancho Cucamonga to Redlands, leans Democratic.
Aguilar has been publicly supported by the DCCC since its chairman, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., spoke at a campaign event shortly after Aguilar announced his bid for Congress on April 2.
During a phone interview Aguilar said he appreciates the support from people within and outside the community.
"I'm honored by everyone who's joined on in support of our campaign," he said.
Miller beat Aguilar and three other Democrats in the primary in June, then defeated fellow Republican Bob Dutton in the November general election to win the seat in the freshly drawn 31st District.
Miller has been named the most vulnerable Republican incumbent in the House by multiple groups, including the nonpartisan Rothenburg Political Report. He was excluded from the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program, which supports GOP incumbents.
But the NRCC jumped into the 31st District race last week by funding a Web advertisement attacking former Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, who, along with Eloise Gomez Reyes and Danny Tillman, has announced plans to run against Miller and Aguilar on the Democrat ticket in 2014.