A consumer advocate who has worked alongside progressive stalwart Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) announced Monday that she will run to unseat Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Calif.) in 2018.
Katie Porter, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, is running in a district Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE won in 2016. And she’s backed by both Warren and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), two progressive senators she has worked with in the past.
“As a consumer advocate, I’ve spent my career fighting Wall Street banks who cheat consumers and families,” Porter said in a statement announcing her campaign.
“Now, I’m running for Congress to take that fight to Washington. I’ll take on Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and the powerful Washington special interests who control Congress.”
In the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis, Porter took on Wall Street banks over mortgage fraud. In 2012, she was tapped to be California’s banking watchdog.
“Katie is a fighter,” Warren said. “There’s no one I trust more to take on Donald Trump and the entrenched special interests in Washington on behalf of working families.”
Walters, who has served in Congress since 2014, has become a top Democratic target in 2018. While the seat has been represented by a Republican since 1983, Clinton carried her Orange County-based district by more than 5 points last year.
The California Republican has been criticized for voting in committee to advance the House GOP’s ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill. The bill, which scored low approval ratings from voters, was eventually pulled in the face of Republican opposition.
Democrats hope to flip House seats in their quest to retake the chamber, pointing to the historical election trend that sees the president’s party lose House seats in a midterm.
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