Calif. prosecutor will run against Nunes in 2018

Calif. prosecutor will run against Nunes in 2018
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A Democratic prosecutor launched his 2018 campaign on Tuesday, seeking to challenge incumbent Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) in the midterm elections for his 22nd Congressional District seat, according to a Tuesday Fresno Bee report.

Andrew Janz, an attorney who prosecutes violent crimes, criticized Nunes for his connection to President Trump and his controversial decision as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to brief the White House on its independent investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

He said the news about Nunes inspired him to run for the seat. 

“I’m not a politician; I’ve never considered running for Congress until recently," he said according to the Bee. "Most of the stuff in local and national media has pushed me to get involved."

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Nunes recused himself from the investigation into Russia after the House Ethics Committee announced it would investigate him for possibly disclosing classified information related to his committee’s probe. 

Janz said he knows how to properly handle classified information.  

“I deal with confidential information on a daily basis,” Janz told the paper. “I’m in a profession that’s all about ethics.”

Janz, who grew up about an hour south of Fresno in Visalia, Calif., touted his prosecutorial record in the area.

“My job is to be an advocate for the people of Fresno County. I’ve worked with countless crime victims, and I get these people justice. It’s my desire to take what I’m doing now as a prosecutor and take that to the voters of the 22nd District,” he said. 

Nunes garnered nearly 68 percent of the vote in 2016, beating Democratic candidate Louie Campos in the 22nd District. A slight majority of registered voters in the area reportedly identify themselves as Republicans. 

Janz told the paper that despite his political party, he is not the “type of person who votes the party line.”