A Democrat running for Congress in a Republican-leaning district of California has new ammunition in making his case that voters deserve a new face in the seat.
As the Los Angeles Times reported, Ammar Campa-Najjar is taking aim at Duncan Hunter, who is running for a sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives amid allegations that he used campaign finances for personal expenses.
Campa-Najjar, a 29-year-old of Palestinian and Mexican descent has received significant attention in the race despite the district’s long history of leaning Republican.
He had been a long-shot to unseat Hunter, however — at least until the series of events that unfolded this week.
The incumbent claimed the indictment against him and his wife is evidence of a political bias within a Justice Department headed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime Republican.
Campa-Najjar is using the bombshell development to draw what he says is a key distinction between him and Hunter.
Referencing the scandal, particularly a claim that Hunter purchased a plane ticket for a pet rabbit with campaign finances, the challenger made his case.
“I haven’t embezzled $250,000 from my campaign,” Campa-Najjar said. “I don’t like rabbits that much. I do smoke a cigar every now and then, but on my own dime.”
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