Paul Chabot

Republican Congressional candidate Paul Chabot meets with volunteers in Rancho Cucamonga in 2014. Although he lost that election to Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino, Chabot has essentially kept campaigning for the 31st Congressional District for the past two years. Both the San Bernardino GOP and the Redlands Tea Party Patriots have endorsed him for the upcoming June 7 primary. (File photo by James Carbone for the San Bernardino Sun)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/03/16 – 6:42 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County conservative organizations like Paul Chabot, the once and future challenger to Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino but are split on whether they should endorse Rep. Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley or former assemblyman Tim Donnelly.

On Thursday, after hearing from Rafael Cruz, the father of Ted Cruz, who’s seeking the Republican presidential nomination in an increasingly uphill battle against businessman Donald Trump, the San Bernardino Republican Party voted on its list of endorsements going into the June 7 primary.

Releasing the results Monday, members endorsed Paul Chabot for the 31st Congressional District. Chabot has essentially has been running against Aguilar for three years, losing to him in the 2014 contest but almost immediately announcing his intent to unseat him in 2016.

That lines up with another prominent Inland Empire conservative organization, the Redlands Tea Party Patriots, which on April 21 released its endorsements.

Members of the San Bernardino GOP endorsed Cook for re-election in the 8th District, who’s being attacked from the right by former assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Donnelly in the primary. The Redlands Tea Party Patriots, in contrast, endorsed Donnelly.

In the 27th Congressional District, the San Bernardino GOP endorsed Jack Orswell and Tyler Fischella in the 35th Congressional District. The Redlands Tea Party Patriots agreed with both of those recommendations.

Although the endorsements may not determine who is elected to Congress, for the less prominent races, they can be important, according to Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College.

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