His entry further upends the race for the vacant 5th Senate District, which state Sen. Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) will vacate at the end of the year, and could be seen as an effort to block a dynasty-creating move. by Assemblyman Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) and his wife, Edith Villapudua.
McNerney will run against Carlos Villapudua, one of the most moderate Democrats in the state Assembly. The state lawmaker announced Thursday, just before the candidate filing deadline, that he would run for the open Senate seat instead of another term in the Assembly.
Carlos Villapudua’s last-minute pivot toward the state Senate race seemed likely to benefit his wife, who had been running for the Senate seat but faced a tough Democratic opponent. Now, Edith Villapudua is able to run unopposed for the Assembly seat that her husband is vacating.
Both Villapuduas have faced resistance from California Democrats. Last month, the party endorsed Rhodesia Ransom, a member of the Representative’s staff. josh harderover Edith Villapudua for the Senate seat, and refused to endorse Carlos Villapudua’s reelection bid.
In a sign that the Democratic clash will become contentious, Carlos Villapudua’s campaign adviser Lee Neves downplayed McNerney’s entrance on Friday, describing the former representative as “a congressman.”
“I’m looking forward to a campaign in which we compare (McNerney’s) record as a do-nothing, paycheck congressman in Congress with Assemblyman Villapudua’s long list of accomplishments in the state Assembly,” Neves said in an interview.