Ami Bera Running To Be Democratic Party Campaign Chief
India-West News Desk
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) is running for his party’s campaign arm. The upcoming presidential election in 2024 is again being seen as a critical one for democracy and the state of US politics.
Bera has written to party colleagues making his case to be elected chairperson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee citing his efforts as the head of its frontline program that helped vulnerable party candidates blunting the Republican margin in the midterms.
The committee works to elect party members to the House and its head, who ranks sixth in the party’s hierarchy in the House, wields considerable influence.
He noted that the party, in the midterms, had “flipped several Red to Blue seats and we broadened and strengthened our base through historic turnout from young voters.”
Bera cast himself as “the best choice” to lead the DCCC and said he would strive to be “a unifying bridge across districts and members, and said, “As a first generation Indian American, I understand the strength of our diversity.
The Congressman has run nail biting races to get to office and he referred to that,
“I know what it takes to win in a competitive race and how to communicate with a wide constituency,” Bera wrote to his peers. “Many of the practices that my office and campaign implemented and honed are now part of the programs that many of you use.”
Bera also touted his fundraising ability, noting that he has raised or donated nearly $500,000 for Democratic members and candidates this cycle, and helped the DCCC raise $1.4 million for itself and more than $3.8 million to use in frontline and Republican-held districts that Democrats sought to flip.
This cycle’s DCCC chief, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), lost his own reelection bid last week.
Bera’s opponent will be Congressman Tony Cárdenas also from CA, who has announced his bid for the DCCC post again after running and losing to Maloney previously.