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 HondaEx-congressman launching PAC to defend Dem seats in 2020 Silicon Valley lawmaker backs Apple in terror case Rep. Honda makes changes under Ethics probe 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 McBathGOP Georgia congressional candidate withdraws after calling himself a 'white nationalist' House Democrats request sit-down with McConnell to talk guns Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress MORE (D-Ga.), Mike Levin (D-Calif.), Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsOcasio-Cortez chief of staff to leave her office The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller testimony gives Trump a boost as Dems ponder next steps House Democrats delete tweets attacking each other, pledge to unify MORE (D-Kan.) and Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamAssault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress Pelosi backers feel vindicated after tumultuous stretch The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants 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 TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future 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.”