Fresno · Politics

Janz backs Arballo against Nunes. Janz supporters? Not so much.

Fresno financial planner Phil Arballo formally announced he would challenge Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) on Thursday after filing paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission one day prior.

Just a week ago, Arballo was a candidate for a vacant Fresno City Council in northwest Fresno, formerly held by Steve Brandau.

The man who took on Nunes in 2018, prosecutor Andrew Janz, announced he would be backing Arballo. Janz, who passed up a repeat run against Nunes, is currently running for Mayor of Fresno.

The same, however, could not be shared with Janz’s loyal and vocal supporters.

The presidents of the Fresno County and Tulare County Young Democrats took to Twitter to dismiss the endorsement of Arballo:

Others criticized Arballo for changing his name from Felipe, a name Arballo uses professionally, to Phil while campaigning for City Council.

Kingsburg City Councilwoman Jewel Hurtado chimed in via Twitter, offering her support for PriceWaterhouseCoopers consultant Dary Rezvani, another Democrat challenging Nunes.

In a letter to The Sun sent Saturday, Hurtado said the tweet was not an endorsement of Rezvani, though she had not made any similar statements regarding the other Democrats challenging Nunes.

Kingsburg sits in the 21st Congressional District, represented by Rep. TJ Cox (D-Fresno).

Luke Colvard, a Janz intern who hosts a political podcast, similarly shared his support for Rezvani on Wednesday following Arballo’s entrance into the race.

Alex Tavlian
Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.