A handful of GOP candidates are running to challenge Bera in a district with a fairly even split of Democratic and Republican voters.
The conservative barrage would be a familiar circumstance for Ose. In 2008, the club helped McClintock defeat Ose in his first comeback bid. They spent heavily to attack his House record. Ose served three terms, from 1999 to 2005.
The attack worked: Ose lost the primary by 15 points.
GOP strategists say a bitter primary battle between Ose and Birman this time around may carve a path to victory for Emken.
She has run two unsuccessful bids for Congress, in 2010 and 2012, and has been willing to use her personal funds for campaigns.
“As Igor and Ose are beating each other up, voters may look for an alternative, and that’s where Elizabeth will pick up the collateral,” said California Republican consultant Jason Roe, an adviser to Emken’s campaign.
No matter who comes through the costly and divisive primary on the GOP side, Democrats argue Bera will be able to sit on the sidelines and stash away his campaign cash for the general.
Republicans counter that California’s early June primary will allow the Republican nominee to rebuild in time to run a competitive race in the general.
“I’m not going to tell you that a contested primary is the optimal situation,” said GOP operative Chris Baker, who is working on Birman’s campaign. “But I also think that it’s not as big of an advantage. ... Whoever the nominee is will have several months to refuel and be in a position to financially compete with Bera.”
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.