California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher won’t be receiving much help from one of the Republican Party’s major funding groups ahead of next month’s election, according to The Los Angeles Times.
> The omission of Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Mimi Walters by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a political action committee closely aligned with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), comes at a crucial inflection point in the midterm election when the two parties begin assessing their likely winners and losers.
> The decisions are particularly acute for the GOP, which is facing a tsunami of Democratic campaign cash ahead of a feared blue wave on Nov. 6.
> “Republicans are taking a cold-blooded look at races to decide where to put resources and where to withdraw resources to put somewhere else,” said Stuart Rothenberg, a nonpartisan election analyst who has spent decades sizing up campaigns.
The Congressional Leadership Fund said it was spending almost $12 million on cable TV ads for four House races in Southern California, and The Times reported that the super PAC began an additional $5 million ad campaign on Los Angeles’ main broadcast stations.
> But the fund’s opening broadcast ads support only two of the four Republican candidates in the Southland’s hardest-fought races: Rep. Steve Knight of Palmdale and Young Kim of Fullerton, relegating its Rohrabacher and Walters ads to cable channels with fewer viewers.
> Rohrabacher has served 15 terms in Congress and Walters is bidding to win her third term.