Indicted California incumbent steps up attacks on Democrat
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter is stepping up efforts to convince voters his Democratic opponent is a security threat because of his family’s background — something the Latino, Arab-American contender forcefully rejects as a desperate attempt by an indicted incumbent.
Former congressman Duncan Hunter Sr., the candidate’s father, called a news conference Monday near the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego and showed a photo of Ammar Campa-Najjar with his father, a former Palestinian Authority official.
Hunter Sr. also talked about Campa-Najjar’s grandfather’s role in a 1972 terror attack in Munich.
Campa-Najjar’s grandfather died before he was born. The San Diego-born former Obama administration employee was given security clearance twice by the FBI.
The Republican stronghold of District 50 has become competitive since Hunter was accused of misspending $250,000 in campaign funds.