Within 72 hours of Rep. Devin Nunes’ dropping, his Democratic opponent raked in over $300,000 in protest contributions.
Andrew Janz is a first-time candidate, running as a Democrat to take over the Congressional seat in California's Central Valley from incumbent Devin Nunes, the Republican leader of the House Intelligence Committee, which released a classified memo last week that alleged the FBI's surveillance of a Donald Trump aide was politically motivated.
But you would be forgiven for not knowing much about Janz’s platform — his campaign’s first big win came from putting up a billboard making fun of Nunes and Trump.
This seems like a bad idea in a traditionally Republican district in which Nunes won handily last time around, and where Donald Trump has a strong support base.
But it seems to be working. Janz just opened up his official campaign office on Friday, and Nunes’ memo has had the effect of actually getting his opponent extra attention.
“Every time he opens his mouth,” Janz says, “we set records raising money.”
VICE News went to Clovis to find out how the memo is affecting Central Californian politics.
The segment originally aired February 5, 2018 on VICE News Tonight on HBO.