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.


"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 StefanikWomen of both parties must seize the momentum A louder voice for women everywhere Democrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains MORE (R-N.Y.), a young Republican standout who made her name as a vocal defender of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump 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 CrenshawOvernight Defense: Trump orders troop drawdown in Afghanistan and Iraq | Key Republicans call Trump plan a 'mistake' Annual Wreaths Across America event at Arlington National Cemetery back on after backlash over cancellation Crenshaw hits back at Greene, tells her to 'start acting like' a member of Congress MORE (Texas), another young and vocal Republican from a relatively moderate district, by supporting challenger Sima Ladjevardian.


Ladjevardian was a top adviser for former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeMexico emerging as foreign policy challenge for Biden Beyoncé sports pro-Biden mask on Instagram Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, 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 DrewThe Hill's Campaign Newsletter: Election Day – Part 4 Van Drew fends off challenge from Kennedy after party switch Chamber-endorsed Dems struggle on election night 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 McClintockGOP lawmaker defends Newsom for breaking 'idiotic' COVID-19 rules GOP's McClintock fends off challenger in California Republicans in campaign mode for top spots on House environmental committees MORE (R-Calif.); and Hilal Tipireini, a physician who's challenging Arizona GOP Rep. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertHouse GOP proposed rules change sparks concern Next Congress expected to have record diversity Embattled Schweikert beats back Democratic challenge in Arizona 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 PascrellBiden faces politically thorny decision on Trump prosecutions IRS races to get remaining stimulus checks to low-income households Democratic lawmaker calls for DOJ investigation of entire Trump administration MORE (N.J.), Grace MengGrace MengKatherine Clark secures No. 4 leadership spot for House Democrats Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election House passes resolution condemning anti-Asian discrimination relating to coronavirus MORE (N.Y.), Susie LeeSuzanne (Susie) Kelley LeeMORE (Nev.), Josh Harder (Calif.), Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiMalinowski beats back GOP challenge in New Jersey House race Phil Murphy says no coronavirus outbreaks in New Jersey linked to Trump fundraiser Marjorie Taylor Greene spars with GOP lawmaker over QAnon, antifa MORE (N.J.), and Antonio DelgadoAntonio Ramon DelgadoMaloney vows to overhaul a campaign machine 'stuck in the past' Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Next Congress expected to have record diversity 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.