In 2014, “the year of the Republican,” California was only the state in the nation that lost solidly Republican seats to Democrats. As the election results rolled in, the perfect, red Republican wave came to a crashing end on California’s sandy beaches.
Despite being denied every statewide office, Republican leaders were rejoicing as if they’d turned California red. It is sad that regaining a handful of previously lost Republican seats and increasing a legislative minority would constitute massive success for the California GOP.
To better understand the California 2014 election, let’s look at two congressional seats.
Gary Miller’s open Congressional seat, District 31 (rated D+5) covers a large portion of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties–including Redlands, Rancho Cucamonga and San Bernardino–and this year was the site of a showdown between Republicans and Democrats. Because this open seat was held by a Republican, it’s a prime example of how the National and California GOP operates.
Instead of rallying fundraising or bringing in major national figures to support Republican Congressional hopeful Paul Chabot, the Republican Party did virtually nothing. Speaker John Boehner had no problem flying to San Diego to aid the troubled campaign of Carl DeMaio,, but did nothing to aid Chabot.
DeMaio lost; Chabot could have won if he’d received just a fraction of the GOP help afforded DeMaio.
In the final days of the campaign, the Democratic National Congressional Committee brought in Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton to campaign for Democrat Paul Aguilar. The Republican National Congressional Committee response? Nada. Nothing. Zilch. Chabot was left to fend for himself. In the end, the Republicans lost this seat by