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Democrat Doris Matsui relocates fundraiser over anti-police uprising

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gathers with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, left, and other congresswomen after speaking at a fundraiser for Democratic congressional candidates hosted by Pelosi at the Fairmont Hotel on Oct. 20 in San Francisco. Looking on third from right is Rep. Doris Matsui.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gathers with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, left, and other congresswomen after speaking at a fundraiser for Democratic congressional candidates hosted by Pelosi at the Fairmont Hotel on Oct. 20 in San Francisco. Looking on third from right is Rep. Doris Matsui. AP

Rep. Doris Matsui has breezed through a decade in office with nary a threat to her incumbency in a solidly Democratic district.

Since 2006, the Sacramento Democrat has raised more than $6 million compared with her opponents’ $73,000. So when she agreed to relocate a fundraiser earlier this week, from a private residence in East Sacramento to Raley Field, it was no surprise that the reason had little to do with the Republican Party.

The event was to be hosted by Susan Savage, owner of the Sacramento River Cats, at her home in the city’s stately “Fab 40s” neighborhood. But organizers decided to move it to the West Sacramento baseball diamond after getting word of a planned protest of police brutality and abuses, one of several rallies nationwide after the deaths of people in other states at the hands of law enforcement. The small Sacramento protest went on as planned near the house.

Matsui, a peculiar target given her liberal voting record and personal background (she was born in an Arizona internment camp), issued a statement saying she appreciated her constituents sharing their concerns – “as everyone in our community must be empowered to make their voice heard.”

“Despite our diversity, issues of poverty, economic opportunity and law enforcement accountability must be consistently addressed in Sacramento and across the nation,” she said. “I have heard from a number of committed community leaders and our local elected officials, and continue to engage my constituents on what they feel we must do in Sacramento to ensure social justice.

“There is no one more concerned about civil rights than I am.”

Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago.

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