Conservative Fire Doused: GOP Representative Tom McClintock NOT to Run for California Governor

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Well, it is NOT going to happen.

On The Capitol Hour With Eric Hogue today, the excitement over a potential Tom McClintock bid for governor cascaded over the airwaves like splashing whitewater from a heavy Sierra snow melt.

“This could be the positive, perfect storm for the conservatives,” Hogue said as he opened his noon-1 p.m. program. He fired up listeners on “intelligent conservative talk” KTKZ AM 1380 over internet chatter suggesting that 4th District Rep. McClintock may indeed contemplate a 2010 run against perceived party moderates Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner.

Hogue said three sources told him that polling for the race is underway on McClintock’s behalf.

But then McClintock doused the story.

“I just want to make it very clear that there is absolutely no truth whatsoever to any rumor I am considering running for governor,” he said in a phone call to Capitol Alert. “I have not done any polling and I have not wavered from my position that, if nominated, I will not run and, if elected, I will not serve. I don’t know how I can make it any plainer or clearer than that.”

Rep. Tom McClintock was interviewed by Neil Cavuto at the Sacramento Tax Day Tea Party.

After a closely fought congressional race last November, might Representative Tom McClintock be angling for another run for California Governor?

There are rumors on the LEFT and RIGHT.

There is little doubt that McClintock would do the polling and with three moderate Republicans in the race, Tom would appeal to the California conservative base.

But, two questions:

1. Would McClintock vacate a relatively safe Northern California Congressional seat which has NO term limits and…..

2. How would McClintock raise the money to run against two mega-millionaires, Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner who would run against him in the GOP primary election?

Stay tuned…..

Update:

McClintock’s office is now denying the report and blaming the Dems who continue to covet his Northern California Congressional District for a bit of opposition drill.

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Representative Tom McClintock to Run for California Governor?; Updated: Rumor Denied By McClintock’s Chief of Staff

Posted 10 CommentsPosted in Meg Whitman, Steve Poizner, Tom McClintock
Rep. Tom McClintock was interviewed by Neil Cavuto at the Sacramento Tax Day Tea Party.

After a closely fought congressional race last November, might Representative Tom McClintock be angling for another run for California Governor?

There are rumors on the LEFT and RIGHT.

There is little doubt that McClintock would do the polling and with three moderate Republicans in the race, Tom would appeal to the California conservative base.

But, two questions:

1. Would McClintock vacate a relatively safe Northern California Congressional seat which has NO term limits and…..

2. How would McClintock raise the money to run against two mega-millionaires, Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner who would run against him in the GOP primary election?

Stay tuned…..

Update:

McClintock’s office is now denying the report and blaming the Dems who continue to covet his Northern California Congressional District for a bit of opposition drill.


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Can Meg Whitman Save California?

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Meg Whitman at the California Republican Party Spring Convention 2009

Fortune Magazine has a featured piece in its latest edition. Read it here.

Noteworthy: Whitman takes a backhand to California GOP Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: “Being CEO of the state is not a popularity contest.”

Noteworthy from Jerry Brown (former California Governor nicknamed “Gov. Moonbeam”): 

Brown displays a mix of ridicule and respect when he describes candidate Meg’s positioning this way: “‘I ran a business. I can buy my campaign. I have zero experience in government. I want to take on the most difficult state government job in America. Therefore, make me governor.’ That’s her campaign.”

Flap thinks Meg Whitman will have an uphill climb to the GOP nomination in June 2010.

Stay tuned……


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Poll Watch: Meg Whitman Leading in California GOP Governor’s Race

Posted Posted in California Governor 2010, Meg Whitman, Steve Poizner, Tom Campbell
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Meg Whitman, a likely candidate for California governor, speaks in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009. The former eBay chief executive stressed her goals of job creation and limited government

The latest Field Poll in California has former e-Bay CEO Meg Whitman leading the Republican Field (298 Republican Primary voters sampled).
  • Whitman: 21 percent
  • Campbell: 18 percent
  • Poizner: 7 percent
  • Undecided: 54 percent

Here are screenshots of the poll details:

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It is very early in this race and Whitman’s lead is not commanding with a whopping 54 per cent of California Republican voters undecided.

Let the campaigning begin…….


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California Budget Pandering and Math 101 – Do Poizner and Whitman Have the Right Stuff?

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in Arnold Schwarzenegger, California Budget, California Governor 2010, Meg Whitman, Steve Poizner
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Meg Whitman, a likely candidate for California governor, speaks in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009. The former eBay chief executive stressed her goals of job creation and limited government

Dan Walters has a piece this morning that makes it nauseatingly clear – Both the LEFT and RIGHT are pandering to California’s chronic structural deficit problems and offer little in solutions:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who often utters fact-challenged pronouncements, told the simple truth about the state’s budget deficit just before the Legislature adopted billions of dollars in new taxes, spending cuts and loans to close the gap, to wit:

“Anyone that runs around, I think, and says that this can be done without raising taxes, I think has not really looked at it carefully to understand this budget or has a math problem and has to get back, as I said, and take Math 101.”

Given the hyperventilation we’ve seen in the last few days, this state must have lots of innumerate people.

Governor Schwarzenegger replaced former Democrat Governor Gray Davis via recall because of his California budget failures and increasing tax burden. Arnold has done little over the past six years except bloviate about post-partisan politics, global warming and accept every increase in spending the California Legislature delivers to him. The Governator has failed.

California needs fiscal leadership and budget reform with a specific plan – not pandering.

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former e-Bay CEO Meg Whiman, both Republican candidates for Governor should direct their energies towards solving California’s problems and leave the political hyperbolic pandering to John and Ken. Both bloviated at this weekend’s California Republican Party convention in Sacramento.

Two wealthy Silicon Valley titans courted support for their 2010 gubernatorial campaigns Saturday before riled-up party activists angry over taxes, fed up with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and distrustful of moderate candidates.

So state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner promised at a news conference that he would never raise taxes as governor.

And former eBay CEO Meg Whitman carefully explained to more than 900 state party delegates why she registered as a decline-to-state voter from 1998 to 2007 before re-registering as Republican.

She also apologized for “failing to vote on a number of occasions,” including in the 2003 recall election of Democratic Gov. Gray Davis.

“They have things to prove to party activists,” said Republican political consultant Dave Gilliard of the top two GOP contenders to replace Schwarzenegger. “They have to give some red meat to demonstrate their commitment to Republican principles. Taxes will be the litmus test.”

Time for leadership instead of “RED MEAT.” Time for a plan not a website.

What is their excuse?

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