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Thu Jun 6, 2019, 12:52 PM

Democrats line up for chance to take down Devin Nunes

By CARLA MARINUCCI 06/06/2019 09:00 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — Rep. Devin Nunes — the lightning rod House Intelligence Committee member who was nearly knocked off in the midterm — will face a 2020 Democratic challenge from a Fresno Latino businessman who charges the California GOP congressman has been silent on the proposed “Trump tax” tariffs that he says will slam Central Valley farmers and consumers.

Phil Arballo, 40, a financial adviser, cites Nunes’ unflagging support of President Trump’s policies as evidence that the seven-term Republican has failed to stay in touch with the economic concerns of his Central Valley constituents. Of special concern, he said, has been Nunes’ failure to stand up for farmers and business people when it comes to Trump’s calls for tariffs on goods from Mexico, California’s largest trading partner.

“We haven’t heard anything from Devin on how this is hurting our farmers,’’ said Arballo in an interview, telling POLITICO he will officially launch his run against Nunes Thursday. “That’s going to come back to haunt us, and consumers are going to be paying for it down the road.”

Arballo, the third Democrat to file for the seat, has received the strong backing of Andrew Janz, who raised $9.2 million in a surprisingly close 2018 loss to Nunes in the Republican-oriented district.


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