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Jan 24 2012

CA-Sen: Santa Monica Republican Businessman Al Ramirez to Challenge Senator Dianne Feinstein

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Another challenger, Santa Monica businessman Al Ramirez, has emerged to challenge long time incumbent California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Another  Republican has joined the short list of mostly little-known people willing to take on Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) this  year.

Telecommunications professional Al Ramirez of Santa Monica, 43, announced on Tuesday he’s running and wants to be “California’s first Hispanic U.S. senator.”

Ramirez, who said he’s spent some 20 years in sales and network development, ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination in 2010. That was the year that Republican nominee Carly Fiorina lost to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

This time he believes his prospects are better, in part because he has more political experience and “better relationships” with state Republican Party leaders, Ramirez said.  He also cited Feinstein’s low approval rating in a recent Field Poll.

Another  announced candidate to challenge the 78-year-old Feinstein are autistic children’s advocate Elizabeth Emken of Danville, who ran unsuccessfully for the  GOP’s nomination  in a 2010 congressional race.

This race is a long-shot for Al, but he is a good guy with whom I have talked.

I wish him luck.

Senator Feinstein is very popular and should have any easy time in her re-election bid.

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