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Obama Alumni Jump Into Congressional Races Across the Country
Many motivated by Trump’s election and desire to move ex-boss’ policies forward

Democrat Sam Jammal is challenging California Rep. Ed Royce in the 39th District. (Sam Jammal for Congress Facebook page)

Alumni of the Obama administration are heeding their former boss’ call to get in the game themselves and run for office in response the election of President Donald Trump and to continue what the former president started.

Sam Jammal, an Obama appointee in the Commerce Department who is running in California’s 39th District against Republican Rep. Ed Royce, said he was heeding those words.

Auto Bailout Chief of Staff to Run Against Trott
Haley Stevens calls incumbent ‘out of touch,’ wants to ‘bring people together’ in Washington

A spokesman for Rep. Dave Trott, R-Mich., called challenger Haley Stevens a “carpetbagger.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Haley Stevens, who was chief of staff for the Obama administration’s auto bailout, announced Thursday that she’ll challenge Michigan Republican Rep. Dave Trott next year.

Trott appears “out of touch,” Stevens told the Detroit News, and there is a general “dysfunction” in Congress.

Democrats Haul in More Money than GOP in Michigan Races
Incumbents maintain strong bank accounts despite lower third quarter marks

Republican Rep. Mike Bishop of Michigan brought in less money than Democratic challenger Suzanna Shkreli in the third quarter, but he's got lots more in the bank. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic candidates raised more money than Republicans in the third quarter in congressional races in Michigan, according to a recent analysis. 

However, these fundraising efforts do not come close to the stockpiles of cash the GOP incumbents have on hand, Craig Mauger of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network told The Detroit News.