Eva Knott 10:44 a.m., May 18
Republicans declare early war on Peters
The Republican Party of San Diego County has vowed to wage an intense and likely high-dollar value battle against Scott Peters in the 2014 election cycle, just two months after Peters took office.
In a release bearing the headline “Democrats Admit Scott Peters’ Days in Congress are Numbered,” the GOP’s local arm promised that it will “heavily target Peters in 2014.”
“The Democrats today admitted that Scott Peters is one of their weakest incumbents in the entire House of Representatives,” says party chair Tony Krvaric, pointing to a March 4 Politico article listing Peters as among 26 incumbent Democrats tapped to receive assistance in organizing and fundraising from the national party as part of its Frontline program to protect seats Democrats see as vulnerable. “Targeting Peters’ district for a Republican comeback is an easy decision, particularly after the Democrats’ admission.”
Republicans note that Peters had a slim 2% victory margin in a year with President Obama up for reelection –Democratic voter turnout has shown to be higher in presidential election cycles. Countywide, Obama bested Republican nominee Mitt Romney by over 7% last year.
Inquiries to Peters’s staff did not receive a response.