Elton Gallegly,  Tom McClintock

Tom McClintock Watch: Congress in McClintock’s Future?


California State Senator Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks and California Representative Elton Gallegly – (R) CA 24th

Will Ventura County be losing a home-grown politician to Congress and Northern California?

The closely watched Republican primary race to replace outgoing Rep. John Doolittle is drawing added intrigue as a leading California conservative says he is “seriously” considering entering the field.

State Sen. Tom McClintock, a former GOP gubernatorial candidate, confirmed in an interview Tuesday that he is eying the race and hopes to make a decision in the coming weeks.

“Obviously, it is a matter I take very seriously,” said McClintock.

Tom who all intents and purposes has lived for more than a decade in the Sacramento area (while representing his hometown of Thousand Oaks in the California Legislature) and who has rented a house in the CA-4 Congressional District would easily win a GOP primary this June. Since the Congressional district is overwhelmingly gerrymandered “RED” whoever wins the GOP primary election will win the seat.

Moreover, there is precedence with Sacramento area (CA-3) Congressman Dan Lungren, formerly California Attorney General and a Member of Congress from Long Beach in Southern California.

What McClintock has to decide is whether he wants a Washington – California bi-coastal lifestyle or would rather remain in California.

Would McClintock challenge CA-24 incumbent GOP Congressman Elton Gallegly as this piece suggests?

No, why bother when polling already shows him up by over 30 points in CA-4.

Flap’s bet is that McClintock goes for the CA-4 Congressional race and is elected a new Member of Congress.