Several Democrats had already been privately lining up to replace Bustos, including Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), who currently leads the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s fundraising arm, BOLD PAC. Reps. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), Marc Veasey (D-Texas) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) are also in the mix.
From the start, Bustos had a rocky tenure at the campaign arm. She drew scrutiny from Black and Latino colleagues who claimed she did not have enough diversity at the upper echelons of the committee.
Bustos won a four-way race for the DCCC after Democrats took back the House in 2018, beating Reps. Denny Heck (D-Wash.), Maloney and Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.). She pitched herself as someone who knew what it took to get reelected in rural areas and in seats that Trump carried in 2016 — her northwest Illinois seat fits both descriptions.