More Consider the Gov. Race in 2018, but Not the Senate in 2016

The story last week that state Treasurer John Chiang is “contemplating” a run for governor in 2018 potentially expands the field in what could prove to be a very interesting and competitive race. Already announced for the seat is Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Former state controller, Steve Westly is said to be considering another run for the corner office. Other well-known names have been floated as well, including both the current and former mayors of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti and Antonio Villaraigosa and environmentalist Tom Steyer.

Democrats all.

But don’t count out a credible Republican candidate. As noted here previously, one Republican consultant said he expects a strong contender backed by influential Republican donor Charles Munger. Who might that contender be? Already discussions have focused on San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer or Fresno mayor Ashley Swearengin as possible candidates. Other possibilities include Assembly Minority leader Kristin Olsen or Pete Peterson who ran a credible race for Secretary of State. There is the perennial talk about a Condoleezza Rice candidacy.

With all this attention on a governor’s race years away, it makes you wonder why there are not more candidates with strong name identification willing to challenge for the United States Senate seat that is opening up next year.

Attorney General Kamala Harris seems to have the field nearly to herself with congresswoman Loretta Sanchez making an effort to challenge. There are some Republican challengers as well, but none that have the name ID or well-established positions from which to launch their campaigns.

Who knows — considering Harris’s official title and summary on the pension reform initiative released this week — once again blasted by the measure’s authors — maybe instead of taking the issue to court the proponents will seek some sort of retribution by taking on the AG herself. Chuck Reed or Carl DeMaio for Senate anyone?

Comments

  1. Michael McDermott says

    Talk about Teflon – Gov. Lt Gravid Nuisance ruined the Marriage of His Campaign Manager – by having an affair with a Subordinate Employee , with a reported ‘substance abuse problem’ while he was Mayor.

    Nothing’reported’ (even during campaign profiles) beyond a single story in the local Fiasco paper at the time, and nothing in the bought and paid for ‘free press’ about this Sexual Harassment / Exploitative behavior while he was in a position of elected power has been published since.

    It is kind of like the ‘open secret’ of former ‘Governor – Der Arnold’ being Blackmailed while in office over his Extra Son, who Maria waited until the day after leaving office to confront him about. Lots of insiders knew his weakness, and exploited it during his Proposition 8 Disgrace.

    • “It is kind of like the ‘open secret’ of former ‘Governor – Der Arnold’ being Blackmailed while in office over his Extra Son, who Maria waited until the day after leaving office to confront him about.”
      CHA-CHING!

  2. “Attorney General Kamala Harris seems to have the field nearly to herself with congresswoman Loretta Sanchez making an effort to challenge. ”

    Short of Adolph Hitler or Joseph Stalin, can you think of any other candidates with a more poisonous effect on individual rights, freedoms, and liberties than these two progressive socialist hags?
    Does God truely hate California this much (no joke) ?

  3. Skeptical, you took the words right out of my mouth! This State with its 380 billion dollar pension/healthcare debt is headed for the rocks. But Moonbeam says we have a 6 billion surplus. Oh how the sheeple are fooled!

  4. Sadly the low educated – low information voters in California would vote for a tree stump if it promised them a “free phone”… so to speak.

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