SEEN IN SACRAMENTO: Yesterday’s Leadership California Institute gathered 37 candidates for Assembly at the Citizen Hotel, where they heard from former legislative leaders Jim Brulte, Bob Hertzberg, Curt Pringle, and Willie Brown. Of course, what happens at The Citizen stays in the ol’ do-gooders building.
THE MAIN WHISPER: Okay…one piece…former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg’s passionate (and verbose) performance propped up the rumor that he is heading to Ventura to run in SD27 against Tony Strickland. This would leave Fran Pavley with three choices–stay and run (unlikely), head north to SD19 (she reportedly has a condo in Oxnard), or run in CD26 against Elton Gallegly and four declared Democrats. As the only woman with five men in the race, she’d be very likely to end up in the November run-off.
Bob Hertzberg would be a formidable candidate for California State Senator Tony Strickland. But, this house of cards and how they sort out all depend upon Rep Elton Gallegly, who Strickland hopes retires.
Since I do not think Gallegly is going anywhere with $800K plus in the bank, Tony will face off against a better candidate then Hanna-Beth Jackson.