Ruiz added to DCCC ‘Red to Blue’ list

In a sign that Democrat Raul Ruiz is gaining national attention, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today named the emergency room physician to its Red to Blue program.

The fundraising effort “highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support,” according to the DCCC website.

The higher profile means Ruiz will now benefit from national fundraising drives. Ruiz is one of 35 Democratic candidates to make the list.

Reports released last week show the political newcomer from Palm Desert raised nearly $272,000 during the first three months of the year, outpacing the fundraising efforts of Rep. Mary Bono Mack.

The Palm Springs Republican incumbent still has more cash on hand.

In January, the DCCC identified the 36th Congressional campaign as one of 18 “emerging” races in the country.

“Raul Ruiz is a doctor and a problem solver who is focused on the middle class,” Rep. Steve Israel, DCCC chairman, said in a statement today.

“In Congress, Raul will fight for the middle class and seniors, not the ultra wealthy or big companies, and he will stand up to the extreme Republican agenda that ends Medicare in order to protect millionaires.”