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District 22 Challenger Plans To Fundraise For Defendants Named In Nunes' Lawsuit

Laura Tsutsui
Valley Public Radio
Phil Arballo, Democratic candidate for Congressional District 22, spoke outside of sitting-Congressman Devin Nunes' Clovis office.

Congressman Devin Nunes announced last week he’s suing a group of constituents who contend his title of “farmer” is inaccurate. Tuesday, democratic challenger Phil Arballo said he would help raise money for a legal defense fund to fight those lawsuits. 

Standing outside of Nunes’ Clovis Office, Arballo directed his words to the absent congressman:“If you’re going to sue anyone, sue me.”

Last year, Reedley farmer Paul Buxman, along with Daniel O’Connell and Hope Nisly, challenged Nunes’s ballot designation as a farmer, but a judge denied the claim. They are three of the defendants named in Nunes’s lawsuit, along with Michael Seeley. 

Credit Laura Tsutsui / Valley Public Radio
Valley Public Radio
Bev Robertson holds up a sign outside of Congressman Devin Nunes' Clovis office. She's part of "The Watch," a group of community members who have protested outside of Nunes' office to draw attention to his absence and lack of public appearance in the last few years.

In his remarks, Arballo also challenged Nunes to a debate. The congressman’s office and campaign did not reply to requests for comment.

Laura Tsutsui was a reporter and producer for Valley Public Radio. She joined the station in 2017 as a news intern, and later worked as a production assistant and weekend host. Laura covered local issues ranging from politics to housing, and produced the weekly news program Valley Edition. She left the station in November 2020.