Jeff Gorell
Republicans call Ventura County Democratic leader's tweets offensive

National Republicans are seizing on a local California Democratic leader’s controversial tweets to try to gain traction in a competitive congressional race straddling Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Every day this week the National Republican Congressional Committee has highlighted statements tweeted by David Atkins, chairman of the Ventura County Democratic Central Committee. The GOP group is using the tweets to hammer at freshman Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village). Atkins, a Brownley supporter, tweeted recently that he anticipated the death of older, white, “hate-fueled” GOP voters, and made controversial statements about conservative men’s bedroom...