The race in California’s 32nd Congressional district, which was the seat held by now Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, has become pretty interesting. This seat will most likely remain in the Democrats’ column, and a lot of people are taking notice because it is a heavily Latino populated district. And there are two Latinos in the primary race, State Senator Gil Cedillo and Emanuel Pleitez. The other top contender is Dr. Judy Chu, who has substantial labor support and has raised the most money.
The latest from the fundraising totals as of the end of March reveal that Chu has raised the most money, followed by Cedillo and then Pleitez. We have addressed the piece (what some are calling as hit piece) that came out regarding Cedillo’s campaign expenses for his state senate seat last week, but it should be noted that aside from the spending revealed in the LA Times article, Senator Cedillo has donated money from his campaign stash to charitable causes and other candidates. In fairness, I do think that comparing Cedillo’s campaign spending to that of Judy Chu’s is a bit like examining apples vs. oranges because he is a state senator with a leadership role in the Latino Legislative Caucus, while she is a member of the state Board of Equalization (the tax commission). State senators, in my view, are more high profile. I would doubt that most Californians could not name who is on the state Board of Equalization.