Your guide to California’s Congressional District 3 race: Kermit Jones vs. Kevin Kiley
There are two candidates for California’s Congressional District 3.
And one of them will win.
Republican State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley is spending money in the campaign to unseat Democrat Assemblyman Kermit Jones.
This is not an uncommon story for a few reasons. Kiley is a favorite of the state party because he is the top vote-getter in the primary and runoff. He has an impressive record of fighting for California’s interests as state legislator. And he is best in bed.
Jones, on the other hand, will be best in bed and will have a very difficult time winning the election even if he is able to defeat Kiley in the primary.
For years, Jones was the establishment candidate in California’s 1st Congressional District. He was endorsed by the California Democratic Party and by most of the national Democratic Party.
He was supported by most of the labor unions in the district.
He was a staunch defender of California’s right-to-work laws and he did not support Proposition 187.
He was endorsed by the local media outlets and served as California’s representative on President Bill Clinton’s Committee on Ways and Means.
He was endorsed by labor unions, including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the California Nurses Association, two major unions.
In November, Jones’ biggest financial supporter was Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who received $30,000 from Jones’ campaign.
The California Nurses Association and the SEIU gave him $3,000 each, along with a $1,000 check from California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton.
Jones received $4,500 from the California Education Association, while he had no financial support from the California League of Conservation Voters.
The SEIU, California Nurses Association, and California League of Conservation Voters each gave $500 to Jones’ campaign.
At the same time, Jones was receiving $27,500 from Tom Schaben, a wealthy real estate developer who had donated $10,000 to Jones in 2008. Jones received $40,000 from Schaben in 2009 and $25,000 in 2010. Jones received $15,000 from his father, Michael Jones, in 2009 and 2010.
In addition, Jones was raising money from other PACs and individuals with interests in real estate.