Former Rep. Joe Baca will seek 2014 rematch

Former Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) will seek a rematch against the woman who beat him last election, newly elected Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Calif.), he announced Thursday.

"If you get knocked down, you've got to stand up," he told the Press-Enterprise. 

Baca, a longtime congressman from southern California, was upset by McLeod in a district that had been dramatically redrawn in redistricting. She was helped by more than $3 million worth of advertising from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a super-PAC backed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), targeting the anti-gun-control congressman.

Baca complained of the ads in his announcement.

"It seemed like Bloomberg was more interested in unseating me and in sacrificing the truth during that campaign," he said. "Hopefully this time I run against [Negrete McLeod] and not against the mayor of New York."

That's unlikely — the group has committed to staying active this cycle, and gun control is a much bigger issue now, in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., murders, than it was during the last election.