Friday, September 5, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

It didn’t take long for democrats to start unloading on Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

Chabot, who is running against Mayor Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), to replace retiring Congressman Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga), is about to become the local whipping boy for the Democratic National Congressional Committee (DNCC).

The DNCC launched its first attack ad against Chabot this week. A weak attack at best, and the first of many more to come over the next two months.

It’s also likely that at least one independent expenditure committee will weigh-in against Chabot. One can also expect a heavy direct mail campaign.

The 31st Congressional District is being viewed by many as one of a few likely democrat pickups, in the republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, this November.

The party shift in CD-31 is due to 2010 redistricting, which gave the district a heavily-democratic registration advantage.

We’ll know shortly if republicans will try and defend the seat.

The inside scuttlebutt says the answer to that question is “no”.