Ex-congressman launching PAC to defend Dem seats in 2020

Ex-congressman launching PAC to defend Dem seats in 2020
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Former Rep. Mike HondaMichael (Mike) Makoto HondaYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Ex-congressman launching PAC to defend Dem seats in 2020 Silicon Valley lawmaker backs Apple in terror case MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday announced the launch of a new PAC aimed at defending Democratic seats in 2020.

Hold the House PAC will be focused on protecting the seven House seats flipped by the Red to Blue California PAC, which was chaired by Honda, in the 2018 midterms, in addition to 33 other seats Democrats picked up in the midterms. 

In addition to the PAC, Honda also announced the launch of the Hold the House Frontline Fund, which is a joint fundraising committee that will support members of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline Program, aimed at protecting vulnerable Democratic seats.

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Thirty-seven members of the Frontline Program have signed on to the joint fundraising committee, including Reps. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathDemocrats will win back the Senate majority in 2020, all thanks to President Trump How centrist Dems learned to stop worrying and love impeachment DACA student at Yale petitions to protect mother recovering with cancer from deportation MORE (D-Ga.), Mike Levin (D-Calif.), Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsWarren doubles down — to Democrats' chagrin, and Trump's delight Here are the Democrats who aren't co-sponsoring an assault weapons ban Centrist House Democrats press for committees to follow pay-go rule MORE (D-Kan.) and Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamConservative group unveils million ad campaign against Trump impeachment Club for Growth extends advertising against House Dems over impeachment Progressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising MORE (D-S.C.).

 “What we’re able to do now is help those members of Congress that we helped get elected, and expand to the rest of the class,” Andrew Feldman, a spokesman for the PAC, told The Hill.

While Democrats were able to make major gains in the House in 2018, President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE’s presence in the general election is likely to impact turnout for House races.

“In 2020 we cannot lose sight of the importance that Congress will play in the next administration,” Honda, who will chair the PAC, said in a statement. “A Democratic president needs a productive partner in Congress to restore the rule of law, protect our environment, and help working-class families. Simply put we must protect our gains and not lose focus.”