Bobby Bliatout Formally Announces Bid to Unseat Devin Nunes


Bliatout says it’s time for someone to represent the Valley and not D.C. partisanship.

June 11, 2019 — Clovis, Calif. — Today, nonprofit health care executive Bobby Bliatout formally announced his bid to seek the Democratic nomination to unseat Congressman Devin Nunes. “Like many people in the Central Valley and America, I have grown weary of the politics of chicanery practiced by Devin Nunes and Donald Trump,” said Bliatout.

Bliatout, a small-business man and a health care executive, emphasizes a more community-based approach to governance, “Our elected leaders need to work for the people. The Central Valley has a health care crisis, a homeless crisis, a jobs crisis and a water crisis. Mr. Nunes has done nothing substantive to actually lead on the key issues that affect our community,” said Bliatout.

“As I travel around the communities that make up the 22nd Congressional District, what I hear is that people truly want a person in Congress who can be a problem solver. My experience running nonprofit health care centers, farming, starting a small business and raising my family in this community gives me the insight and skills to solve these serious problems. We need leaders who first and always will be concerned about the people who live here. I believe I am the best candidate to achieve this,” concluded Bliatout.

Nunes has been widely criticized for being part of the effort to run interference for the Trump administration related to the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. As he called for an independent investigation, the late GOP Sen. John Mc Cain said of Nunes’ actions, “It’s a bizarre situation, and what I think, the reason why I’m calling for this select committee or a special committee, is I think that this back-and-forth and what the American people have found out so far is that no longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone.”

Bliatout is the son of Hmong refugees. The Hmong are a Southeast Asian ethnic group that fought alongside American troops during the Vietnam War in the so-called Secret War in Laos. Their alliance with the United States provided vital protection to American soldiers along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Bliatout’s father was able to come to the United States in 1974, and his mother arrived in 1975. In 1976, both received refugee status and has since become United States citizens. Bliatout was born in Seattle and raised in the Central Valley. He is married and has two children. His wife is a registered nurse and is dedicated to providing quality health care in the community. His older son is a graduate of Clovis East High School and is currently in college. His younger son is attending Clovis East High School starting in the fall. They are all proud products of the Central Valley.  



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