Elizabeth Emken – last year’s unsuccessful challenger to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein – sent out a fundraising plea Tuesday saying her 2014 House race has become a toss-up.
And that’s true – but it has little to do with her.
Emken, 50, moved from Danville to Fair Oaks this summer in order to mount a campaign against freshman Rep. Ami Bera, D-Rancho Cordova. Here’s an excerpt from the fundraising solicitation she e-mailed out Wednesday:
“This is great momentum for our campaign and it’s in large part because of you and so many other supporters who’ve given contributions as small as $7 to the maximum amount of $2,600 – every bit matters.
“As the Republican nominee against Dianne Feinstein last year, we knew it was an uphill battle and even though Senator Feinstein outspent us 10-1, I pulled 45% of the vote in the 7th District.
“Liberal Congressman Ami Bera knows how strong I ran in the 7th and now he’s on the run – and Washington Insiders are taking notice.”
“In California’s 7th CD, the entry of former GOP Rep. Doug Ose, as expected, gives freshman Democratic Rep. Ami Bera his strongest opponent yet,” Cook political analyst and House editor Dave Wasserman wrote ni explaining the change last Thursday, two days after Ose declared his candidacy.