If a Republican called a Democratic Congresswoman a bimbo it’s safe to say MSNBC and CNN would be running with it 24/7 in between updates on Chris Christie’s pseudo-scandal. It’ll be newsworthy if they actually report this angry tirade.
Former Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) won’t switch districts to run for Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod’s (D-Calif.) seat.
“No, I’m running for the 31st Congressional seat,” Baca told The Hill when reached by phone shortly after Negrete McLeod’s announcement that she’ll leave Congress after one term. “That has no bearing on me making any kind of decision, I’ve already made my decision to run in the 31st which is my old district and a vacancy. There’s no incumbent in that seat, I’m a veteran with a proving track record and experience and seniority matters.”
Baca lost to Negrete McLeod in a nasty all-party race in 2012, and is now running for retiring Rep. Gary Miller’s (R-Calif.) seat. National Democrats have sought to block him from winning the nomination in that seat; the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has endorsed Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar (D).
The former congressman lost his race to McLeod partly because then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent nearly $3 million attacking him on environmental and gun issues, and has raised a paltry sum so far for his comeback attempt, with approximately $20,000 in the bank.
He slammed both Bloomberg and DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) for meddling in California politics, and said they’d work against him no matter where he ran — and took a final shot at McLeod, his longtime foe, calling her a “bimbo.”
Any Republican would be finished and every Republican would be called on to denounce his sexist choice of language. The fundraising would have already begun. But realizing he was wrong, Baca apologized last night.
In an interview earlier Tuesday with The Hill, Baca slammed his longtime foe after she announced on Tuesday she was leaving Congress after just one term to run for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
Baca later called The Hill back and said his choice of words to describe the congresswoman was unacceptable.
“I wanted to apologize for my poor choice of words. I was just upset the district lost a representative in a short period of time. To me, that’s a disservice to the area. I do apologize for my poor choice of words,” said Baca.
Now the story will simply be buried.