Valadao revs up fundraising for 2020 with D.C. event

David Valadao’s likely challenge to Rep. TJ Cox (D-Fresno) looks to be even more likely than before.

An invitation for a September 10 fundraiser benefiting a Valadao campaign at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington was discovered by McClatchy on Thursday.

The Capitol Hill Club is officially known as the National Republican Club of Capitol Hill, the private social clubhouse of GOP lawmakers.

The fundraiser is hosted by members of the House Republican leadership – led by Valadao’s former neighbor, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield).

Others leaders co-hosting the event are Reps. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana), Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), and Tom Emmer (R-Minnesota)

Emmer is the chair of the National Republican Campaign Committee, the campaign arm of House Republicans.

Last week, The Sun first reported that Valadao filed his statement of candidacy paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission – a large, legal step toward launching his challenge to retake the Congressional seat he narrowly lost in 2018.

Around the same time he filed his paperwork, Valadao hinted to Bakersfield outlets that a announcement regarding his campaign could arrive in early August.

The 21st Congressional District spans from the westside of Fresno County to southern Kern County and is anchored by all of Kings County.

(Disclosure: I previously worked for Valadao during his tenure in the House.)

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.