Vice President Joe Biden is coming to the San Joaquin Valley for 21st Congressional District candidate Amanda Renteria — but the Sanger Democrat sees the visit as much policy as politics.
“My mission is to have a lot of folks get a chance to hear from him and we get a chance to talk to him,” Renteria said.
Details of the visit are still being worked out, but it will be in Bakersfield on Oct. 7. Also there will be state Sen. Alex Padilla, the Los Angeles area Democrat who is running for Secretary of State.
Biden’s visit comes as Renteria is trying to unseat first-term incumbent David Valadao, a Hanford Republican. And the Valadao campaign sees the visit as nothing but political. Valadao sent a letter to Biden inviting him to “visit the communities most affected by California’s devastating drought.”
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Spokesman Tal Eslick added that Valadao has no intention to follow suit and have prominent Republicans come to the central San Joaquin Valley to campaign for him.
“Rather than import a chorus line of liberal D.C. politicians, Rep. Valadao will continue his focus on the most important people to his campaign, his constituents here in the Central Valley.”
But Renteria said this isn’t about politics. She said she’s known Biden for quite a while, and these are the kind of relationships she could bring to the Valley. The visit, she said, is just for her and not part of a California campaign swing by the vice president.
“Some relationships I have really make a difference,” she said. “We’ve got to bring people together to bring them here to see what we do here. That’s the way we solve problems. I’m tired of people ignoring us. I’m tired of being passed by.”