Devin Nunes’ hometown newspaper The Fresno Bee, has endorsed him in every election since 2002. But this weekend they put out a scathing editorial calling him a “Trump stooge.” And they endorsed his opponent, Democrat Andrew Janz.
Over the weekend Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) suffered another big blow. Most of the country sees him as a big joke who carries Trump’s water. This weekend even his own hometown paper shredded him and called him a “Trump stooge.”
The Fresno Bee has supported Nunes since 2002. But over the weekend they not only endorsed Nunes’ Democratic opponent Andrew Janz, who the paper says “offers the best chance to both lead the district by attending to its issues and then by striving for bipartisanship in Washington, D.C., which is the only answer to the poison of gridlock politics that is stifling debate and action at nearly all levels.” They also absolutely shredded Nunes.
The paper gave many solid reasons why voters should vote for Janz. But they also took note of Nunes’ mistakes. They hammered him for his attempts to undermine Obamacare.
“Nunes did this despite the fact that his district has more people relying on government-paid medical assistance than almost anywhere else in the nation,” the paper said.
“In Nunes’ district, 313,000 people were enrolled in Medi-Cal [California’s version of Medicaid] as of January,” the paper notes. “Of those, 74,000 would have immediately lost coverage, and all would have had their coverage impacted through loss of benefits or access to doctors.”
The Bee also knocked Nunes for his refusal to hold Town Hall meetings. And they were very critical of his close relationship with Donald Trump.
The paper says that voters in Nunes’ district now have “a chance to become a model for the nation,” or go with Nunes “and remain stuck with the damaging partisanship he practices, the party-above-country mode that motivates him to protect President Trump from the investigation into Russian meddling more than meet his constitutional obligations as an independent arm of government.”