Delta bogey man faces challenger

A Fresno protester objects to Devin Nunes' mishandling of the investigation into Russian meddling of the 2016 presidential election.

A Visalia prosecutor has thrown his hat in the ring against Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, a scourge of the Delta who has called the smelt a “stupid little fish.”

As Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Nunes so badly botched the House investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties he had to recuse himself.

That bungling, coupled with this ties to the unpopular president, has generated a serious challenge from Andrew Janz, 33, a prosecutor with the Fresno County District Attorney’s office.

A theme of his campaign emerges in this Fresno Bee story: “I deal with confidential information on a daily basis,” Janz said. “I’m in a profession that’s all about ethics.”

Nunes, not so much. His alleged mishandling of classified information seemed to reveal him as a partisan lightweight in far over his head when given the responsiibility of chairing the Intelligence Committee.

Nunes responded to criticism by ducking town hall meetings.

As an advocate for Big Ag, Nunes supports dams, suspending the environmental protections which are the Delta’s life support, and he wants to subvert the restoration of the San Joaquin River, though his side lost the historic lawsuit over the river and everyone agreed to the settlement. I don’t know how much better Janz would be, but he couldn’t be worse.

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