House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) swung through California last week, hitting campaign events for a handful of Democrats in competitive congressional races.
At the top of his itinerary was a reception for Michael Eggman, an almond farmer who's running against Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock). Eggman, brother of State Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, lost to Denham in 2014 and has been added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue" list of emerging races.
Hoyer also attended fundraisers for Reps. Jim Costa (Fresno), Scott Peters (San Diego) and Juan Vargas (San Diego), as well as candidate Jimmy Panetta, who's running for retiring Democratic Rep. Sam Farr's seat in Monterey County.