February 1, 2016

Sitting Dem Congressman Ami Bera Can’t Win His Party’s Endorsement

California Democrat Ami Bera has struggled for nearly a year to satisfy his own party’s base. Today’s headline from The Sacramento Bee reads: “Democrat Ami Bera Falls Short Of Party’s Endorsement.”

Yesterday, Bera failed to reach the threshold of votes needed to avoid further deliberation on his endorsement, meaning that he now has to convince the state party to endorse his re-election bid. This is a big headache for an incumbent representative who normally does not have to go through such a humiliating procedure. Bera’s votes on refugees and free trade have deeply angered organized labor and local activists.

A shocking 39 percent of Democrats voted against Bera’s endorsement. Robert Longer, a local union leader, said, “I think Congressman Bera needs to do some soul searching as to whether he’s a real Democrat, or not.”

Bera’s continued inability to quell dissent from within his own party hints at the major difficulty he will face winning a toss-up district in November.