Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is reportedly coming under fire — even from his own party — over a lawsuit he filed against a constituent who’s a retired farmer.
According to McClatchy’s Washington bureau, the suit is the third in which Nunes alleged political consultants conspired against him to torpedo his chances for re-election last year. Nunes won the race against Democratic challenger Andrew Janz, but by a closer margin than previous campaigns.
The previous two cases targeted Twitter and McClatchy, the parent company of The Fresno Bee, and also named Liz Mair, a GOP political strategist. The latest suit is against four California residents, including a retired farmer who says he voted for Nunes in the past, McClatchy reported.
“He has filed lawsuits against his own constituents,” Phil Arballo, a Democratic businessman who plans to challenge Nunes in 2020, said Tuesday per McClatchy. “Let me repeat, a sitting member of congress is suing his own constituents. This is outrageous, Rep. Nunes is unhinged.”
GOP consultants Kevin Spillane and Carl Fogliani said they were confused by Nunes’ tactics.
“There seems to be no strategy other than to attack his enemies,” Spillane told McClatchy. “He should focus on working his district and stay out of the politics of Washington, D.C.”
In his new lawsuit, Nunes charges that Democratic political groups used “dark money” to contest Nunes’ description of himself as a farmer, and that one group, Campaign for Accountability, published emails by his schoolteacher wife that led to her getting harassed.
Fogliani said he’d “never seen anything like this,” but speculated Nunes was likely motivated by the Democratic group targeting his wife. “I don’t know what there is to gain here,” he said.
Nunes’ ally, Mike Der Manouel Jr., a GOP strategist, said the lawmaker’s targets are “fair game.”
“You’re seeing bloodsport at its highest level in 50 years,” he told McClatchy. “You have to show them you’ll punch back and punch back hard, otherwise they won’t back off.”
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