Despite a push by Washington Democrats to increase pressure on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, some Democratic groups are redirecting their energy to his reliably Conservative district, spanning Fresno and Tulare counties.
An email circulating Valley Democratic groups this week is seeking a videographer to capture a coordinated protest being organized in Fresno on Friday. At the outset of the Trump Presidency protests at Nunes’ satellite office in Clovis and main office in Visalia have been largely modest affairs.
The aim of the want ad is to film interviews of assorted protesters and B-Roll for use in a “statewide” advertisement campaign projecting large scale opposition to Nunes.
The ad campaign follows reports of hackneyed fundraising efforts to challenge Nunes. Nunes’ last serious competition was in 2012, against Bay Area resident Otto Lee. Nunes handily shellacked the carpetbagging Bay Area native by a 24-point margin.
Nunes’ prominence has grown considerably amid the Intel committee investigation into Russian interference of the 2016 election. Last week, Nunes delivered a bombshell report that there was incidental surveillance of President Trump and his campaign by the intelligence community along with multiple FISA warrants filed for surveillance.
In a sign of his growing prominence, TV anchors (namely CNN) have gradually figured out that his name is not pronounced as NOON-Yez (akin to former Speaker of the Assembly Fabian Nuñez), but NOON-ehz.