The campaign of Devin Nunes’ congressional opponent is accusing a relative of the congressman of disrupting a recent video shoot in Tulare.
Staff for Democrat Andrew Janz issued a news release and a video allegedly showing a Nunes family member harassing them while they were attempting to shoot a campaign ad Aug. 2 focused on water and agriculture issues.
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The video shows a man complaining to Tulare County sheriff’s deputies.
The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man as Gerald Nunes. Although Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) has at least one relative by that name, GV Wire has not confirmed that they are related.
Neither the Nunes’ campaign nor Gerald Nunes responded to GV Wire’s requests for comment.
Origin of Accusations
“I know [Devin] Nunes is desperate to hide the water crisis, but nothing’s going to get in my way of talking about the issues,” Janz said in a statement.
Janz’s challenge of Nunes in California’s 22nd District has drawn national attention and campaign donations to both sides from across the United States.
Janz campaign spokesperson Clara Varner said the accusation of Gerald Nunes’s relationship to Devin Nunes is based solely on the fact that Nunes repeatedly said, “I’m Nunes.”
Varner said Gerald Nunes started screaming, yelling and threatening the production crew. She said he also cursed at the crew’s production manager and called her names.
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