Six of the 26 toss-up Congressional Districts are in California
- California is key to Republican control of the House of Representatives.
To hear Socialist California Democrats tell it, Republican Congressional candidate John Tavaglione is aligned with the conservative establishment . . . . sounds good to me so far, but Tavaglione also refused to sign a no new taxes pledge.
So here you have a weak-kneed Republican "moderate" vs a Socialist Democrat. You take what you can get I guess.
But the worst Republican is better than the very best Democrat who would cast a vote to make Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House.
Ad against Tavaglione's Democrat opponent
Tavaglione, a Riverside County Supervisor, is running against Democrat Mark Takano in the newly redrawn 41st Congressional District, which includes Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris and Jurupa Valley. Democrats narrowly outnumber Republicans in the district by a margin of 41.4 percent to 38.4 percent, and both men have described themselves as centrists willing to work with members of both parties.
Tvaglione chastised Takano for pledging not to join the Blue Dogs, a fiscally conservative group of House Democrats, if he is elected. That pledge was made in a questionnaire that Takano’s campaign filled out for the liberal-leaning blog Daily Kos.
Tavaglione said he opposes portions of the federal budget proposed by Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman selected as the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee. Ryan's budget “makes serious changes to Medicare — too radical in my view,” he said.
The district is centered in the city of Riverside, California. Voter registration is
41% Democrat, 38% Republican and 21% independent and smaller parties.