Attorney Andrew Janz, 33, will serve as Democratic challenger to Devin Nunes (R-CA) in the midterm elections for California’s 22nd Congressional District.
Janz, a violent crimes prosecutor, said that Nunes’ misconduct inspired him to run for office. “I’m not a politician; I’ve never considered running for Congress until recently. Most of the stuff in local and national media has pushed me to get involved.”
Nunes decided to recuse himself from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the Russian scandal only after the House Ethics Committee announced that it would investigate him for “unauthorized disclosures of classified information.” Janz draws a major distinction between himself and the embattled Nunes in that regard.
Per The Fresno Bee:
“I deal with confidential information on a daily basis. I’m in a profession that’s all about ethics.”
While 42.8% of registered voters in California’s 22nd District identify themselves as Republicans – a clear advantage over the 32.8% who identify as Democrats – there are still 19.3% of voters with no party preference, a statistic that Janz hopes to capitalize on.
“I feel like I have a connection with the district,” he said. “I believe I share the values of a lot of the people in the district.”
While he’s a lifelong Democrat, “I’m not the type of person who votes the party line,” Janz said. “I’m willing to listen to anyone. … I’m going to focus on building a coalition of progressives, moderates and people who share the values of the area.”
Janz is just one of the hundreds of Democratic candidates that have emerged recently in response to Trump’s surging unpopularity. However, with Nunes serving as such a strong advocate for the flailing President, he is seen as particularly vulnerable. Devin Nunes made a clear choice when he opted to blindly defend Trump in defiance of his own ethical obligations, a choice that is certain to hurt him in 2018.
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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.