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Mar 12 2012

AD-38: Los Angeles County Republican Party Makes NO Endorsements in Assembly Race

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Santa Clarita Valley California Republican Assemblyman Cameron Smyth who has endorsed Republican Scott Wilk and Scott Wilk at fundraiser

There are three Republican candidates, so far, in AD-38:

  • Scott Wilk, College of the Canyons Trustee and businessman
  • Paul Strickland, William S. Hart Union High School District, Governing Board Member
  • Patricia McKeon, wife of California Rep. Buck McKeon and campaign worker

 Candidate filing has been extended until Wednesday.

It is understandable that the Los Angeles County GOP did not endorse in this race.

Republicans representing Los Angeles County have chosen to endorse Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon in the local House race, but chose not to endorse any candidate in the 38th California Assembly District race, including McKeon’s wife, Patricia.

On Saturday, Republicans representing 26 districts inside Los Angeles County met in Los Angeles to select candidates for endorsement in upcoming city, county, state and federal elections.

Bob Haueter, chair of the 38th Republican Party Central Committee, was among those attending the event.

“The L.A. County Republican Party endorsed Congressman McKeon for re-election over his two Republican primary opponents,” he told The Signal on Sunday.

“The (L.A.) party chose not to endorse in the contested 38th Assembly seat, where Patricia McKeon, Scott Wilk and Paul Strickland are seeking election,” he said.

Why?

There are three Republican challengers and no incumbent office holder. It will be a highly contested race.

California Assemblyman Cameron Smyth who currently holds the seat pictured above is term-limited and prohibited from running for re-election. Smyth has endorsed Scott Wilk, however.

A “NO” endorsement, if anything, is a slap in the face to Patricia McKeon since she is the wife of Santa Clarita Valley Congressman Buck McKeon, who was endorsed for re-election.

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