Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, announced Thursday that he would run for re-election in 2008.
There had been speculation that the 15-term Congressman might retire, as he has drawn close scrutiny from federal investigators for his ties to lobbyists and donors while shelling out significant campaign funds for legal fees — including $23,416 to Williams & Jensen for “legal services, photocopies and postage,” and $22,969 to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for “legal services” reported in his most recent FEC filing.
However, Lewis put that speculation to rest.
“It has been a great honor for Arlene and I to serve the people of the Inland Empire in Congress over these many years,” Lewis said in a statement released by his campaign. “The Appropriations Committee has been the highlight of our work and where I intend to continue to serve the people of the 41st Congressional District.”
Lewis’ suburban district, located about 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, is solid Republican territory, and the incumbent lawmaker has shown no signs that he is vulnerable there to either a GOP primary challenger or general election Democratic opposition.
— David M. Drucker