Democrats launch anti-Trump attacks on down-ticket GOP candidates

Donald Trump at podiumThe Trump effect has begun.

It’s what Republicans fear and Democrats embrace: How the controversial presumptive nomination of Donald Trump as the GOP’s presidential candidate will affect races further down the ballot.

Democrats are hoping to tie Trump around the necks of Republican candidates throughout the state, particularly among Latino voters who have so far largely rejected Trump in polling — and the ads are just beginning. 

Democratic PACs announced one such ad yesterday for a coastal congressional race, while another ad has been floating around online for an Assembly seat in Los Angeles County. 

Much of Trump’s strength is derived from his “outsider” status — a strong personality untainted by Washington. He’s mastered the art of winning headlines by making brash statements often seen as anti-immigrant and misogynistic. 

But it’s those outlandish comments that may make it hard to paint a fellow member of the GOP with the same brush, absent an endorsement, which neither of the two attacked candidates have done. 

“The problem for them is Trump is not transferable that way,” said Mike Madrid, a Republican consultant who specializes in Latino issues. “No one believes someone is a Trump Republican. Trump’s whole rise is that he’s not a typical Republican nor a typical politician. Very little evidence to suggest this will work.”


The House Majority PAC and CHC BOLD PAC are spending almost $300,000 in an ad campaign attacking Republican Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian as a Trump-like, anti-immigrant demagogue.

The ad supports Democrat Salud Carbajal. Both men are running to replace the retiring Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps in a district that runs from Santa Barbara to north of Morro Bay. 

The district is more than one-third Latino, but has a close partisan split — Democrats have 39.79 percent of registered voters to Republicans’ 33.65 percent, with 22.87 percent declining to state. 

In Los Angeles County’s South Bay, former Democratic Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi is trying attacks like against the man who knocked him out of the Legislature in 2014, Republican David Hadley. Slightly different than the Achadjian ad, Muratsuchi is attacking Hadley for not denouncing Trump.

Hadley won by only 1 percent of the vote in the 21-percent Latino district. Democrats have nearly an 8 percent voter registration advantage, with 22.74 percent declining to state a preference. 

“These ads are exactly what Trump exposes Republicans to in swing districts,” said GOP strategist Rob Stutzman, who launched a campaign to stop a Trump nomination earlier this year. “Hadley’s answer is savvy though. I’m not convinced there’s a huge liability for ‘refusing to denounce’ him in general. But Trump will surely get trounced in (Hadley’s) district.”


A Field Poll last month showed 83 percent of Latino voters in the state had an unfavorable view of Trump, with even 69 percent of white voters having an unfavorable view (which is the most favorable of all the ethnicities).

And tying a candidate to an unpopular figure is a successful technique, to the extent that it can drive voter turnout. In 1996, President Bill Clinton tied his Republican challenger, Sen. Bob Dole, to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The Trump connection will be successful to the extent that it can drive voter turnout. 

“When it comes to motivating Hispanic turnout, Trump is the greatest gift that Democrats could want,” said John J. Pitney, Jr., a Roy P. Crocker professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College.


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  1. Dude
    Dude 18 May, 2016, 16:09

    This is a fairytale written by an bought and paid for liberal propagandist. Republicans don’t fear his candidacy. We celebrate it. Liberals fear his candidacy. Want proof? You already have it. This story is a prime example.

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  2. Dork
    Dork 18 May, 2016, 16:21

    And if there are any smart republicans left, they will gladly wear it, opwn it, and Loudly Support Trump. If they do they will WIN and WIN Big Time.

    I have 2 friends in Government Unions, one in the DWP the Other City of Angles. Both of them say that almost everyone in their Demonrat Unions are 100% behind Trump, they are quiet about it though.

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 18 May, 2016, 22:52

    CWD sounds like a establishment organ…..pity…..

    Trump has lots of warts……but when was the last time CWD or Republicans wanted to make America great again for the common man…..hmmmmm?

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  4. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 19 May, 2016, 08:11

    The Dirty Dastardly,disgusting Demacrats are so afraid of what trump would do if elected like luanaching a investigation into their own dirty deeds

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  5. JohnnyL
    JohnnyL 19 May, 2016, 09:11

    “He’s mastered the art of winning headlines by making brash statements often seen as anti-immigrant and misogynistic.”

    “Often seen”… Really? That spin is gonna be hard to shake.

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  6. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 20 May, 2016, 14:55

    Down ticket is where the real action will be. Trump will turn off a good third of the existing Republicans, particularly those who think of themselves as religious or movement conservatives. The Senate is clearly in play, and it’s possible that the House could be in play as well. Wouldn’t it be funny if the voters elected Trump, but turned the House and Senate back over to Democrats?

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  7. Dude
    Dude 20 May, 2016, 15:05

    Funny? No effect. Obama has changed the status quo. Trump won’t have to get a liberal congressman’s sign off. He has a pen and a phone too. What goes around comes around. You didn’t think there were two sets of rules did you? Bwa ha ha ha ha!

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  8. T Ted America
    T Ted America 22 May, 2016, 06:43

    Plover— The dems are not afraid of what Trump would do to them, like smart Repubs they are afraid of what the maniac clown would do to America. He is a moron.

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  9. T Ted CWD Hero
    T Ted CWD Hero 22 May, 2016, 06:48

    Trump might win and blog comments like all of these are VERY good for Dems, Repubs and Indys to see—– this will help get out the vote– Trump is a low class category 5 moron. Never has anyone been so unprepared and poorly suited for a federal elected office. Well….ah….except maybe the teabag favorite almost a Governor Sarah Palin……

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  10. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 22 May, 2016, 07:38

    The Demac-RATS getting blood mony for their support of the Planned Parenthoood baby killers

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  11. afrequentreader
    afrequentreader 23 May, 2016, 13:26

    T, Ted, teddy, or what ever your feeble mind attempts to portray yourself as today, with respect to your inept, non-substantive comments, your crow will be ready for you after Nov. there “little” buddy. And by little I’m referring to device in your body that tries to conjure up an intellegent reply only to show that you have none once you hit the submit button for all to see with proof.

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    • T Tedly Steele-Ted TedTalk (tm)
      T Tedly Steele-Ted TedTalk (tm) 23 May, 2016, 13:59

      A Freq Reader–

      OUCH That hurt little buddy!
      I’ll try to do better in the future— hey—wait a minute…..Are you the Poodle posting under a fake name?

      If so– knock it off.

      T Tedly TTT Tedster CWD Legend and leader of the Doomed ™.

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