Ex-Congressman Calls Retiring Congresswoman Who Beat Him A ‘Bimbo’
Former Rep. Joe Baca is obviously bitter about having been ousted by Rep. Gloria Negrete McCloud, who’s decided not to run again. Baca is running in another district, and chafed at being asked if he’d try for McCloud’s seat.
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.”
“What’s the difference? They’ve conspired to work against me in one, they’d turn around and do the same in the other, right? Would you roll the dice and hope they wouldn’t?” he asked rhetorically.
“Look at what we wound up with: Some bimbo who decided not to run again.