This could get awkward. Two members of the faculty of the University of California, Irvine School of Law announced this week that they are running for the same congressional seat.
Professor Katherine “Katie” Porter announced April 3 that she will challenge Republican incumbent Mimi Walters. Two days later, David Min, who also teaches at the law school, said he, too, is entering the race for Walters’ seat. Both law professors are running as Democrats and vying for the seat in California’s 45th Congressional District, which includes parts of Orange County, where the school is located.
“We talk, but we don’t really talk about this,” Min said of hisand Porter’s political aspirations. “In some ways, I think it’s exciting to have two people with good credentials for this.”
Fellow Irvine Law professor Rick Hasen predicts relationships will remain civil as the campaigns heat up. “I don’t expect it to make anything awkward,” he said. “We all get along and are all professionals. I hope it will generate more student interest in congressional elections.”...