First, Republican House member Ed Royce (CA-39) announced he won’t seek re-election. Then Darrell Issa (CA-49) did the same. Royce and Issa are two of the seven Republicans in swing districts the Democrats carried in 2016. Their retirements mean that Democratic candidates for those seats won’t face an incumbent.
There’s no room for complacency, however. SwingLeft, formed in the wake of Trump’s election to win back the House, cautions:
…if you think Issa and Royce’s retirements mean Republicans will just roll over and give us the seats, think again. The head of the National Republican Congressional Committee even said, “We look forward to facing whoever limps out of the Democrats’ battle royal: black and blue, and broke.”
If we’re to resist Trump’s agenda, we must win back the House. That’s why I’m heading to Tracy on Saturday with SwingLeft Marin to register voters in CA-10, the closest swing district to San Francisco. I’ll report my experiences at our next meeting on January 21 – details below – and my encouragement to collaborate with SwingLeft will continue right up to the midterms.
The good news is, Saturday’s voter registration drive is already at capacity! But there will be plenty more opportunities to help swing CA-10 throughout 2018. Sign up here to get involved.
Meanwhile our regular work of keeping our Members of Congress accountable remains vital. Here are a couple of important upcoming events:
Congresswoman Pelosi Office Action
Where: 90 7th Street, Suite 2-800, San Francisco, CA 94103
When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 4:00 PM
Stand Up SF January Meeting
Where: San Francisco Library, Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey
When: Sunday, January 21, 2018 2:00 PM, PST
Thanks, as ever, for all that you do.