California: Cedillo Headed to D.C. for Golden Support

Posted March 9, 2009 at 6:22pm

Half a dozen Members of Congress are serving as hosts for a Washington, D.C., fundraiser for state Sen. Gil Cedillo, one of four Democrats competing to replace Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in Congress.

The fundraiser will be held on the evening of March 24 at the Capitol Hill offices of the c2 Group, a lobbying firm. The sponsors are California Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Xavier Becerra, Howard Berman and Dennis Cardoza, as well as Rep. John Salazar (D-Colo.), chairman of BOLD PAC, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ political action committee. Ticket prices start at $500.

Cedillo’s chief competition for the House seat in the San Gabriel Valley appears to be Judy Chu (D), the chairwoman of the state Board of Equalization. Investment banker Emanuel Pleitez and Baldwin Park Unified School District Board member Blanca Rubio are the other Democrats in the race. The Republicans are Jim Hetzel and Teresa Hernandez.

Although no date has been set yet, the special election is expected to be scheduled for May 19. It is an all-party primary, but a Democrat is all but guaranteed to win the seat.