I was going to headline this by calling Rep. Barbara Lee the most radical, leftist and anti-American member of the House, but I’m not so sure that’s true anymore.
Rep. Lee is still a serious contender, as her Discover the Networks profile shows, but it’s a tough race.
In 1973 Lee worked on the Oakland mayoral campaign of Panther co-founder Bobby Seale and served as a confidential aide to the organization’s “minister of defense,” Huey Newton. (Panther members at the time referred to Lee as “Comrade Barbara.”)
David Horowitz has called Barbara Lee “an anti American communist who supports America’s enemies and has actively collaborated with them in their war against America.”
When Ron Dellums retired from Congress in 1998, Lee won his vacated congressional seat (in California’s 9th District) and has held it ever since.
Republican nominee John Duarte is projected to win the race in California’s 13th Congressional District, beating his Democratic opponent, state Assemblyman Adam Gray.
Duarte, a farmer and businessman, will take over a seat long held by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who was forced to run in the 12th District due to the state’s redistricting.
The district has not elected a Republican since 1974, and Democratic voters outnumber Republicans 42 percent to 24 percent, with more than 21 percent identifying with no party preference.
It’s a redistricted seat so it’s not as exciting, but it’s still an example of how the midterms actually were surprisingly good in parts of New York and California at the local level for Republicans. There was a backlash and it did materialize, it just occasionally did so in unlikely places, while fizzling out in the more likelier ones. There were some really bad Senate candidates and poor messaging in other areas. And obviously ballot harvesting, mail voting and other shenanigans have deeply poisoned the voting system.
But there is good news.
And considering how hard the feds persecuted Duarte, going to the House has a certain amount of poetic justice.
When John Duarte of Duarte Nursery plowed 22 acres of his land in Tehama County near Red Bluff to plant wheat in 2012, the US Army Corps of Engineers filed a lawsuit alleging those actions damaged wetlands and a permit was required.
A judge sided with the Corps last year.
Now, the trial begins to determine whether to uphold a $2.8 million fine. Duarte could also be forced to pay tens of millions of dollars to restore wetlands.
Tony Francois with the Pacific Legal Foundation, who represents Duarte, says the trial could set a precedent by requiring farmers to obtain costly permits just to plow.
Francois says the steep fine will shut down Duarte’s business and leave hundreds of people unemployed.
Now he’s going to D.C.