Former Rep. Mike HondaMichael (Mike) Makoto HondaYoung insurgents aren’t rushing to Kennedy’s side in Markey fight Ex-congressman launching PAC to defend Dem seats in 2020 Silicon Valley lawmaker backs Apple in terror case MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday announced the launch of a new PAC aimed at defending Democratic seats in 2020.
Hold the House PAC will be focused on protecting the seven House seats flipped by the Red to Blue California PAC, which was chaired by Honda, in the 2018 midterms, in addition to 33 other seats Democrats picked up in the midterms.
In addition to the PAC, Honda also announced the launch of the Hold the House Frontline Fund, which is a joint fundraising committee that will support members of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline Program, aimed at protecting vulnerable Democratic seats.
Thirty-seven members of the Frontline Program have signed on to the joint fundraising committee, including Reps. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathFloyd’s brother urges Congress to take action The Hill’s Campaign Report: Bad polling data is piling up for Trump Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE (D-Ga.), Mike Levin (D-Calif.), Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsBiden launches program to turn out LGBTQ vote Minority caucuses call for quick action on police reform Gun control group rolls out House endorsements MORE (D-Kan.) and Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamRepublican Nancy Mace to face Joe Cunningham in South Carolina House race OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump rule limits states from blocking pipeline projects | EPA finalizes rule to regulate cancer-linked chemical | Democrats want Congress to help plug ‘orphan’ oil and gas wells Gun control group rolls out House endorsements MORE (D-S.C.).
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“What we’re able to do now is help those members of Congress that we helped get elected, and expand to the rest of the class,” Andrew Feldman, a spokesman for the PAC, told The Hill.
While Democrats were able to make major gains in the House in 2018, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s presence in the general election is likely to impact turnout for House races.
“In 2020 we cannot lose sight of the importance that Congress will play in the next administration,” Honda, who will chair the PAC, said in a statement. “A Democratic president needs a productive partner in Congress to restore the rule of law, protect our environment, and help working-class families. Simply put we must protect our gains and not lose focus.”