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Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., was interviewed in Rolling Stone, talks about the outsized role in Democratic efforts to recapture the House in November. He is also considered one of the key figures who is accountable to deliver a blue wave in California and across the American West, as a rising star in the Democratic Party.

In a strategic shift for 2018, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee decentralized power from Washington D.C. — delegating authority to regional generals. Lieu, who represents Santa Monica in Congress, commands DCCC West. “We moved the entire western region out to California because there’s so many seats in California that Hillary won,” he says, referring to seven seats that Clinton carried in 2016, but which narrowly elected GOP Representatives.

“One thing I am scared of is the unlimited amounts of dark money that Republicans have access to,” California congressman says ahead of 2018 midterm elections.

Lieu is looking beyond his district and state, as he recites other states that are part of his purview — Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada, Alaska, “and importantly, Guam. Can’t forget Guam.” (Guam has no congressional representation.)

He’s also become a congressional social media star and anyone who follows him on Twitter knows that he has a dry sense of humor and heavily criticizes the Trump White House and the GOP. But, he’s known to play dirty, employing tactics in sandbagging GOP candidates by running ads promoting an also-ran Republican rival.

To read the entire interview, head over to Rolling Stone: Ted Lieu, Democrat Fighting for Future of American West, on November Stakes

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