Jessica Morse Releases Second TV Ad in CA-04 Race

Spot draws sharp contrast with McClintock's votes against the district  which he doesn't even live in

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Today, the Morse for Congress campaign released its second TV ad of the cycle in the 4th Congressional District race. Titled "Voting," the ad contrasts Morse's pledge to always put the residents of the community first with McClintock's repeated votes against working families in the district – which McClintock still doesn't live in despite representing it in Congress for a decade. The spot will be backed by a six-figure buy on broadcast and cable in the Sacramento and Reno media markets. 

A full transcript is below, and the ad can be viewed here.

VOICEOVER: "In ten years, Tom McClintock has never voted for himself, because he doesn't live in our district.

"But he's voted in Congress, where he's voted against funding to prevent wildfires, or to help homeowners afford to rebuild after after natural disasters."

MORSE (TO CAMERA): "It's easy to vote against the interests of your district when the people aren't your neighbors. My family's been here for five generations, and I want to help protect and defend our incredible wilderness, our water, and the families who live and work here.

"I'm Jessica Morse, and I approve this message." 

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Jessica Morse Exceeds $1 Million Raised in CA-04 Race

Dem frontrunner raises $150,000 in final 6-week pre-primary period  

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Today, the Morse for Congress campaign announced it raised $150,000 in the final pre-primary fundraising period before the June vote. Covering money raised from April 1st through May 16th, the total will likely once again top all other candidates in the 4th Congressional District race from both parties. Notably, the amount puts Morse past the $1 million mark in total money raised since she entered the race last summer. 

"It is humbling that so many people have put their trust in me to bring effective representation back to the community where I am from," said Morse. "As we look ahead to a vigorous fight against Congressman McClintock in the fall, I know our campaign will have all the resources we need to get our message out."

Morse's grassroots support has led to consistently strong fundraising throughout the campaign thus far. In the first quarter of 2018, she raised $357,000, besting McClintock's $326,000 and Democrat Regina Bateson's $141,000, as well as all other candidates on the ballot. Morse also had more cash on hand than any other candidate, with her $715,000 war chest larger than McClintock's $675,000 and Bateson's $261,000. Morse has raised more total funds than any other challenger to McClintock since his first election in 2008 – which he won by fewer than 2,000 votes.

Every major national political forecaster has put the 4th Congressional District race on the competitive watchlist, with Inside Elections, the Cook Political Report, UVA's Crystal Ball, and CNN all moving the seat out of the "Safe Republican" category into the "Likely Republican" category in recent weeks, indicating that a difficult campaign lies ahead for the incumbent McClintock. 

Inside Elections Downgrades McClintock's Chances in CA-04 Race

National political forecasters now universally agree McClintock in trouble amid surging Morse campaign

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Inside Elections, the political tipsheet run by nationally-recognized elections analyst Nathan Gonzales, has moved the race in Californian's 4th Congressional District out of the "Safe Republican" category into the "Likely Republican" category, joining the Cook Political Report and UVA's Crystal Ball in the ratings change. Each of the 'Big Three' national political forecasters has now put the race on the competitive watchlist, indicating that a difficult campaign lies ahead for incumbent Rep. Tom McClintock. 

In downshifting McClintock's chances in the race, Gonzales wrote that "Republicans are concerned it could develop into a headache," and noted that McClintock had just "$676,000 in the bank," less than Morse's total.

CNN also moved the race into the more competitive "Likely Republican" category in April, citing Morse's strong fundraising and Trump's weaker vote share compared to previous Republicans. Morse's campaign continues to surge, as she recently received the backing of the powerful California Teacher's Association, as well as the official endorsement of the California Democratic Party with 65% of the delegates' votes. Late last year, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) added the race to its list of battlefield targets.  

Jessica Morse Releases First TV Ad in CA-04 Race

Spot highlights Morse's community roots, dedication to local issues

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Today, the Morse for Congress campaign released its first TV ad of the cycle in the 4th Congressional District race. Titled "Rough Terrain," the ad highlights Jessica's deep family roots in the community and her dedication to local environmental issues. The spot will be backed by a six-figure buy on broadcast and cable in the Sacramento media market. 

A full transcript is below, and the ad can be viewed here.

MORSE (VOICEOVER): "I grew up exploring nearly every part of these mountains. I'm not afraid of a challenge.

"And neither were my ancestors, like my great-grandma Edith, who manned the telegraph booth at Donner Pass with her pistol by her side.

"But generations later, we have real challenges in the Sierra – like protecting our watersheds, and proactively working to prevent wildfires." 

MORSE (TO CAMERA): "I'm Jessica Morse, and I approve this message because I'm not afraid to tackle these challenges in Congress." 

Jessica Morse Endorsed by California Teachers Association

Largest education union in the state throws support behind Democratic frontrunner

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Today, on National Teacher Appreciation Day, the Morse for Congress campaign announced the endorsement of the California Teachers Association (CTA), the state's largest and most influential teachers' union. With 325,000 members across California, including 5,992 in the 4th Congressional District, the CTA is among the biggest labor organizations of any kind in the state. Its members include teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

"As a product of Northern California's public schools, it is an honor to receive the backing of the thousands of men and women who have dedicated their lives to giving children the tools to learn and grow," said Morse. "While Tom McClintock has repeatedly voted against the interests of middle-class families, I plan to fight alongside our teachers and educators to make sure every child has the chance to succeed."

"Jessica is the daughter of two schoolteachers and grew up in our public school system. She understands the needs of local teachers and will fight for universal pre-K and smart technology in classrooms," saidCTA President Mike Patterson. "Jessica Morse is the champion of California teachers we need in Congress."

Founded in 1863, the CTA is recognized as one of the nation's leading educator advocacy groups, and is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA) at the federal level. Along with employees in California's K-12 school system, the union also includes community college faculty and California State University faculty. Today's endorsement also brings with it volunteers from the local chapters who will be campaigning for Morse in advance of the June primary.

The CTA endorsement comes on the heels of Morse's continued fundraising success, as she outraised each person in the 4th Congressional District race from both parties for the third quarter in a row. She also received the California Democratic Party's official endorsement at the spring convention with 65% of the vote.  

Jessica Morse Again Tops Entire CA-04 Field in Fundraising

Leading Democrat raises more, has more cash on hand than incumbent McClintock and all other Democrats in race

Official Press Release from Jessica Morse for Congress Campaign:

Roseville, Calif. – Following yesterday's fundraising deadline for the first quarter of 2018, the Morse for Congress campaign has now outraised the full field of contenders in the 4th Congressional District for the third quarter in a row. Her $357,000 haul bests Congressman Tom McClintock's $326,000 and Democrat Regina Bateson's $141,000, as well as all other candidates on the ballot. Morse also has more cash on hand than any other candidate, with her $715,000 war chest larger than McClintock's $675,000 and Bateson's $261,000. Impressively, Morse is one of just six California Democrats who out-raised an incumbent Republican this quarter, and among those, is the only one who has more cash on hand.

This is the third quarter in a row that Morse has topped McClintock as well as her fellow Democratic challengers in money raised. In the previous quarter, Morse raised $292,000, topping Bateson's $260,000 and McClintock's $215,000. Morse has now raised close to a million dollars since she entered the race last year – also more than any other candidate from either party.

"Changing the tone in Washington begins with sending new voices there to represent us, and I am proud that our campaign continues building momentum to reach that goal," said Morse. "This fundraising success proves that our campaign will have all the resources we need to get our message out and finally bring effective, accountable leadership to the fourth district."

Morse received donations from all ten counties in the 4th Congressional District in the most recent filing, and has raised more than any other challenger to McClintock since his first election in 2008 – which he won by fewer than 2,000 votes.

Morse's fundraising success comes on the heels of receiving the California Democratic Party's official endorsement at the state convention in February, where she earned 65% of the delegates' votes. Also this quarter, the Cook Political Report – one of the nation’s leading nonpartisan political newsletters – moved the 4th District race out of the "Solid Republican" category, in large part due to the strength of Morse’s campaign, indicating the race has the potential to become highly competitive by November.

Morse Campaign Announces Over $350,000 Raised in First Quarter of 2018

With over $700,000 on hand, raises more than any other McClintock challenger since his first election

Official Press Release from Morse for Congress Campaign:

Roseville, CA – Today, the Jessica Morse for Congress campaign announced it raised over $350,000 in the first three months of 2018, her best fundraising period yet, and began April with $717,000 on hand. Impressively, Morse has now raised close to $1 million for the campaign thus far – more than any other challenger to McClintock since his first election in 2008, including all other Democrats running in the 4th district this cycle.

Morse received donations from all ten counties in the 4th congressional district. In the previous quarter, she established a cash-on-hand advantage over McClintock and outraised him significantly, $292,000 to $215,000.

"I am honored that so many people from across the district put their trust in me and this campaign to bring much-needed change to Washington," said Morse. "As a fifth-generation Northern Californian, I have deep roots in this community, and pledge to be a fighter for working families here every single day. Residents of the 4th district are already speaking loud and clear: it's time for ineffective, lifelong career politicians like Tom McClintock to go."

Morse's fundraising success comes on the heels of receiving the California Democratic Party's official endorsement at the state convention in February, where she earned 65% of the delegates' votes. Also this quarter, the Cook Political Report – one of the nation’s leading nonpartisan political newsletters – moved the 4th district race out of the "Solid Republican" category, in large part due to the strength of Morse’s campaign, indicating the race has the potential to become highly competitive by November.

Sierra Forward Endorses Jessica Morse

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Official Press Release from Sierra Forward:

Emphasizing the need to unify and get on with the task of defeating five-term Congressman and lifelong politician Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove), Sierra Forward today announced its support for the Democratic frontrunner, Jessica Morse, of Pollock Pines.

Rochelle Wilcox (of Roseville), herself a candidate in the 4th district until she suspended her campaign late last year and who is now a member of the Sierra Forward Leadership Team, says of Ms. Morse, “Jessica’s character was revealed at a young age, when she committed her life to service. First, she traveled to Nepal and Ethiopia to help improve the lives of people there. Then she joined US AID, to support its critical mission in war-torn Iraq. After that, she went to graduate school studying ways that America can play a constructive role in the world, and then gained a prestigious fellowship advising our military in the Pacific. She has done more for our country and humanity in the past fifteen years than most people do in a lifetime.”

Wilcox went on to blast Republicans in control of Congress, saying that, “They have rammed through a billionaires’ tax cut, ignored our desperate need for infrastructure spending, sabotaged the Affordable Care Act, started to sell off treasured public lands, opened the gateway to expanded off-shore drilling and reduced protection of our shores and waterways. To reverse these outrages and prevent future assaults on our way of life, we need to put Democrats in charge of the House of Representatives.”

Declaring that “Sierra Forward’s commitment to change is stronger than ever,” former Regina Bateson supporter, contributor and fundraiser Corley Phillips of Granite Bay, who now heads Sierra Forward’s Finance Committee, continued “California is under attack by both the White House and Congress, and McClintock is aiding and abetting that effort. It’s time we got better representation for the 4th district!” Phillips went on to warn, however, that “We won’t be able to do that if we continue to fight among ourselves. It is time to unite and to get on with the task of beating Tom McClintock! That is why I am in support of Sierra Forward’s decision to fully embrace Jessica Morse’s candidacy for Congress.”

Reflecting her years as a progressive political activist, including service as Bob Derlet’s campaign manager in his race for Congress in 2016, Kate Scott (Lincoln), Vice Chair of Sierra Forward, declared, “Democrats are bound together by values that matter to us—equal opportunity for all, health care as a right, clean air and water, and a government that works for all of us. Sometimes we argue about how best to achieve those goals, but we never abandon those values.” Turning to the 2018 midterm election, Ms. Scott said, “We have new excitement and more energy this year. And we have unanimous agreement on the need to replace Tom McClintock, and to send him back to Southern California. For that reason, I am delighted that Sierra Forward has decided to get behind Jessica Morse at this early juncture and to give her the boost that will help put her over the top on June 5.”

“We all recognize that winning in this district won’t be easy,” said Sierra Forward’s Campaign Manager, Les Francis (Camino), but we have research that shows it is entirely possible—only 35% of district voters support the reelection of the incumbent; volunteer support for the effort is greater than anyone has ever seen before. It is doable.” He then added, “But the sooner we get on with the campaign against McClintock the better. The longer the intramural fight continues, the more negativity that gets injected into the conversation, the tougher our task becomes. It is time to end the division and it is time to unite behind Jessica Morse. She is the endorsed candidate. She is the best candidate. And she will be the winning candidate!”

Sierra Forward is a ten county, congressional district-wide campaign organization devoted solely to defeating Rep. McClintock and replacing him with a Democrat. Because of its work, and the strength of Ms. Morse’s campaign to date, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), has elevated the 4th district race to its list of targeted campaigns in California.