Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar, who is hoping to unseat Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said he is willing to work with President Donald Trump — even pitch progressive ideas to the White House, The Hill is reporting.
He is the fifth Democrat to announce his candidacy for the 2018 race in California's District 50.
"Donald Trump is a pragmatist, not an ideologue," Campa-Najjar told The Hill. "So if you create the political pressure where progressive ideas are more expedient for him, I guarantee he'll embrace them. I think he'd rather become a Democrat than a failed president … not in name, but in deed."
Campa-Najjar's mother is Mexican-American and his father is Palestinian American, according to NBC News.
"I talk about never being Arab enough in Gaza, Hispanic enough in the Barrio or American enough in the post-9/11 world," he told The Hill.
"I just don't come in with this preconceived notion of prejudice. … It allows me to have an open mind and be tolerant, see the world from their vantage point."
Campa-Najjar, 28, was a public affairs officer at the Labor Department during the Obama administration and also worked in the president's office handling constituent correspondence, NBC News notes.
He was also a director of communications for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
"My district voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in the election, mainly because of the main issues people cared about: jobs and the economy," he said. "Those are unifying issues, and my district and our country need a voice of unity. These voters don't care if it comes from a Republican and Democrat."
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