Bera Campaign Goes After Jones' Silence on Trump's Gold Star Family Comments



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In what is developing into a central theme in his re-election bid, Congressman Dr. Ami Bera's (D - Elk Grove) campaign is attempting to link opponent Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones with Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The latest attempt by the Bera camp centers on Trump's recent comments criticizing the family of the late U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan following the speech made by Khizr Khan, father of Cat. Khan, at last week's Democratic National Convention. In his speech, Khizr Khan was critical of Trump on several fronts and suggested Trump was ignorant of the U.S. Constitution.

As he often does, Trump retaliated. In this latest incident, Trump made comments that many politicians, including prominent Republicans, characterized as demeaning the Khan family.

In a press release issued yesterday, Bera surrogates suggested that Jones' silence on the matter implies support for the statement.

“Gold Star families have made the ultimate sacrifice, deserve our respect, and we all should stand up for them against Donald Trump’s disgusting attacks," Bera Campaign Manager Jerid Kurtz said. “Sheriff Jones has an opportunity to show some judgment and respect to our Gold Star families, break his silence, and finally denounce Donald Trump’s offensive comments and his campaign for President.”

With national polling showing Trump's popularity in a steady decline, Bera's campaign seems to be all-in on this strategy. Earlier, the Bera campaign seized on comments that Jones made to the Sacramento Bee saying that while he intends to vote for Trump, he has not endorsed his candidacy.

Coincidentally, today a sitting Republican Congressman came out in support of Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Third term Congressman Richard Hanna (R - New York), who has been critical of Trump for some time, announced because of Trump's attack's on the Khan family, he will not support his party's Presidential nominee.

"He is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country," Hanna wrote in an op-ed for Syracuse.com.

As it has been in the last three election cycles, the race for California's Seventh Congressional is expected to be tight as well as one of the most expensive Congressional races in the country.

The Jones' campaign has not responded to a request seeking comment on the comments coming from Bera's campaign.

The Jones' campaign has used the same strategy to target Bera. Among other tactics, Jones' campaign has issued a debate challenge and has taken Bera to task on the conviction of his father, Babulal Bera, for illegal campaign financing practices.

Not surprisingly, the Bera campaign did not respond to requests seeking comment.  






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