California Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) is finally getting some help from national Democrats: Vice President Joe Biden is slated to attend a fundraising event in Oakland on Friday for the two-term congressman.
McNerney rode into office on the Democratic wave in 2006, defeating seven-term incumbent Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.). He now holds one of the most competitive districts in the state, which stretches from the eastern San Francisco suburbs to San Joaquin County.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has been running ads against McNerney, without a response from the national Democrats.
After raising money for McNerney, Biden will travel to Orange County, where he'll do an event for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). Tickets for the Laguna Beach fundraiser range from $500 to $10,000.
In advance of Biden's visit, Boxer's opponent, Republican Carly Fiorina, released a video highlighting a disagreement the two Democrats had in the Senate. In 2007, Boxer voted against a supplemental funding bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Fiorina's video incorporates footage of Biden on the presidential campaign trail in Iowa railing against his colleagues who did so to make a "political point."