Betsy Butler

Without party support, this Democratic assemblywoman is out on a limb — but isn't giving up on reelection

Without party support, this Democratic assemblywoman is out on a limb — but isn't giving up on reelection

On a recent sunny Saturday, with the calendar creeping closer to election day, Democratic California Assembly candidate Al Muratsuchi got a boost from a powerful friend. Outside Muratsuchi’s South Bay campaign headquarters, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) shook hands, posed for photos with volunteers and praised his former colleague as a “person who understands this community” while campaign volunteers munched on tacos in the shade.

Meanwhile, halfway across Los Angeles County, a Democratic incumbent facing one of the toughest reelection fights of any Southern California office holder was practically on her own....

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