Leslie Gooch

Democrats are reacting to Republican Lesli Gooch’s rise in recent polling numbers.

Friday, May 30, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.

The anticipated record low turnout for the June 3 Primary Election has made the contest for the 31st Congressional District seat an absolute “free-for-all”.

It’s one of those contests that appears to be going down to the wire.

Here’s the latest on the mudslinging.

  • Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has cried foul over Lesli Gooch (R-Rancho Cucamonga) calling him out on his questionable non-profit self-promotion, not-to-mention being a former advisor to Bill Clinton.
  • The Democratic National Congresssional Committee (DNCC) has slammed Gooch, using the Colonies case. The DNCC has officially backed Mayor Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), who is likely to blow a second run for the seat. Somehow briefly working for the “firm” that was employed by Colonies Partners, makes Gooch a bad person, according to the DNCC.
  • Aguilar has hit fellow Democrat Eloise Gomez Reyes (D-Grand Terrace), and Reyes has returned the favor, more than once.
  • Former Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) has been the man in the middle. He’s quietly promoting himself and has been left mostly unscathed.

A few takes here.

Gooch, who was off to a late start, is apparently climbing in recent polling. Baca is a threat to everyone. The three dems with money are in a very close field.

Now the DNCC is on the airwaves hitting Gooch, while Gooch is expected to be on the airwaves over the weekend.

Anything can happen here, dependent on just how low turnout drops.