On Monday, Mother Jones featured our campaign against Darrell Issa.

Mike Levin preempted his bid to take on the wealthiest man in Congress by trolling him. “Over the holiday season, I sent Darrell Issa a book called Climate Change for Beginners,” Levin says. “It’s a 150-page book, illustrated. It’s got pictures,” he notes, adding that he hoped it would prod Issa, a nine-term Republican congressman who represents parts of California’s Orange and San Diego counties, to correct his claim to being “unsure of the science” behind climate change.

This week, Levin, a Democratic activist and environmental lawyer, announced that he hopes to challenge Issa in 2018 because, as he tweeted on Wednesday, “I care deeply about the type of country my young kids grow up in.” His decision comes at a challenging time for Issa. Since he was narrowly reelected in November, Issa has been facing mounting pressure inside his district. Protesters have gathered outside his Vista office on a weekly basis. In February, a GoFundMe campaign raised $6,000 to buy a full-page ad in the San Diego Union-Tribune urging Issa to attend a town hall meeting. He didn’t show, citing a “long-standing obligation” to tour a homeless shelter. Francine Busby, chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, told me last week, “He’s definitely feeling the heat down here.”

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