Hispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements

Hispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements
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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus's (CHC) campaign arm, Bold PAC, announced  a slate of non-Hispanic House endorsements on Tuesday, including six Democratic challengers and six incumbents.

Bold PAC, whose primary mission is to grow the size of the CHC, mostly endorses Hispanic Democrats in the general election, but also throws its weight behind a group of non-Hispanic allies every cycle.

"While BOLD PAC Members are focused on electing Latino leaders to Congress, we are also doing our part to protect and expand our Democratic majority in the House of Representatives," said Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), the chairman of Bold PAC.

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"By endorsing these candidates, we are continuing to build on the diverse coalition that helped Democrats take back the House in 2018," he added.

The Democratic challengers endorsed by Bold PAC for 2020 will be taking on a mix of big-name Republicans in relatively moderate districts, and Democratic targets in pivot districts.

For instance, the committee endorsed Tedra Cobb, an upstate New York politician, to challenge Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Fauci 'aspirationally hopeful' of a vaccine by winter Pentagon: 'No corroborating evidence' yet to validate troop bounty allegations Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police MORE (R-N.Y.), a young Republican standout who made her name as a vocal defender of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE during the impeachment investigation and trial.

Stefanik beat Cobb by nearly 14 points in 2018 while running as a moderate somewhat distant from Trump's rhetoric.

Bold PAC is also going after Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response Crenshaw takes aim at Duckworth's patriotism, accuses her of supporting the 'destruction of America' What to us is the Fourth of July? MORE (Texas), another young and vocal Republican from a relatively moderate district, by supporting challenger Sima Ladjevardian.

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Ladjevardian was a top adviser for former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBellwether counties show trouble for Trump Colorado GOP Rep. Scott Tipton defeated in primary upset Clinton, Buttigieg among Democrats set to hold virtual events for Biden MORE (D-Texas), during both his Senate and presidential campaigns. The Iranian-born Ladjevardian took the Democratic primary by storm, filing shortly before the deadline with O'Rourke's blessing.

Bold PAC also endorsed Amy Kennedy, the wife of former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), to run against Rep. Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewRepublican David Richter wins NJ primary in race to challenge Rep. Andy Kim New Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Van Drew wins GOP primary in New Jersey MORE (R-N.J.), who last year left the Democratic Party to support Trump against impeachment.

Rounding out the list of challenger endorsements are Jackie Gordon, an educator who's making a run for retiring New York GOP Rep. Peter King's Long Island district; businesswoman Brynne Kennedy, who's challenging Rep. Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockDemocrats start cracking down on masks for lawmakers Hoyer says Democratic leaders mulled requiring masks on House floor Mask-wearing becomes political even as some governors ease resistance MORE (R-Calif.); and Hilal Tipireini, a physician who's challenging Arizona GOP Rep. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertHouse Republicans urge White House to support TSA giving travelers temperature checks Campaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Hispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements MORE after losing in a neighboring district to Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) in 2018.

Bold PAC also endorsed six sitting members seeking reelection who are not members of the CHC.

They are Democratic Reps. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellThe Hill's Campaign Report: Florida's coronavirus surge raises questions about GOP convention New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell wins Democratic primary New Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries MORE (N.J.), Grace MengGrace MengBowman holds double-digit lead over Engel in NY primary Grace Meng wins NY Democratic primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Primary night in Kentucky and New York MORE (N.Y.), Susie LeeSuzanne (Susie) Kelley LeeMORE (Nev.), Josh Harder (Calif.), Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Thomas Kean wins GOP primary to take on Rep. Tom Malinowski House fires back at Trump by passing ObamaCare expansion MORE (N.J.), and Antonio DelgadoAntonio Ramon DelgadoHispanic Democrats build capital with big primary wins The Hill's Campaign Report: Buzz builds around Warren for VP Gun control group rolls out House endorsements MORE (N.Y.), who was briefly courted for entry into the CHC, but ultimately did not join.

“Having the Democratic Majority has allowed us to fight for hard-working families in Washington, hold President Trump accountable, and create solutions to our nation’s biggest problems," said Cárdenas in a statement.

"BOLD PAC is proud to stand alongside our colleagues who have fought to protect health care for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions, helped pass legislation to bring down the costs of prescription drugs for our seniors, and voted to protect our nation’s DREAMers. We need these Members back in Congress to continue our work for the American people,” he added.