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The scramble for the 3rd District
[Eric Hogue] 11/15/03
The next big Sacramento battle
for the California Republican Party is the Third Congressional
District, which is located just outside of the 'Belly of
the Beast'. This is the vacant seat left by Congressman Doug
who has decided to keep to his word and leave the post after
The battle to replace Congressman Ose is heating up rather quickly
on 1380 KTKZ. Not a week goes by that the candidates don't
rush to the show and dialogue with the voters over the week's
'hot news' and campaign strategy.
This GOP Primary features an 'inside baseball' battle between
former Republican Assemblyman and current State Senator Rico
Oller, former California Attorney General and Congressman Dan
Lungren. There are also rumors that the number of Republicans
gunning for this DC destination may increase, with rumors that
Sacramento radio talk show host Tom Sullivan, who used his
show this summer to say that he didn't have the personal passion
for the job, now may approach the possibility of running again.
Another new twist this week is somebody by the name of Mary
Ose, the sister of Congressman Doug Ose. She has NEVER held an
position in the party, but - again the Beast's Rumor Mill has
it that Doug may endorse his sister next week.
So the Congressional
Third features State Senator Rico Oller, Dan Lungren, possibly
Tom Sullivan and maybe Mary Ose. And
if that isn't enough - there might be a "special election" surrounding
this post this March.
Seems that Congressman Doug Ose is on a short list to join the
Governor Schwarzenegger Administration next week. If this evolves,
the March Primary will be a special election for this congressional
seat. The winner will fulfill the remainder of Ose's empty
seat and be able to run as an incumbent for the general election
in November. Quite the advantage, wouldn't you say!
All of this
is great fun for a local talk show host, but at the same time
to be rather counter productive for the
growth and development of this California GOP. Tom Sullivan
has 'played' with this campaign for ratings and attention.
He is NOT serious and he is NOT a true conservative, of which
this safely formed Republican district will desire. To Sullivan,
this is a 'toy'. Someone needs to inform him that this is real
life politics. He would have to leave his business interest
in Sacramento and moved to Washington DC. He would have to
turn his company over to someone else...and when your business
product is Tom Sullivan, hard to hand it to 'Joe Smith' and
say, "Keep this running until I get back." Time for
Sullivan to think of what he has accomplished as a talk host
and businessman in Sacramento and put this fantasy aside. We
need his donations as fuel, not his hobby-like political interests.
Dan Lungren is either 'loved' or 'hated' in this district. Recently,
Lungren sold his home in Roseville, California and moved three
miles to a new home inside of this contested congressional
district. He hasn't been able to raise any money on his own
and his major support is coming from Southern California with
no endorsements inside of, or adjacent to, this district's
lines. Lungren is a nice guy, a sold political candidate...but
he might be better served - as would the party - with a run
for the US Senate seat against a Barbara Boxer.
I believe the reason he has decided to hone in on the Third
Congressional is money - he has none! This congressional race
turns out to
be the most affordable campaign at the moment for Dan Lungren.
He should stay in Washington DC, where he has been a lobbyist
and attorney for the past six years, and build his support
for a major campaign in the future, a campaign that will NOT
cost us a qualified Republican candidate as this race would
if Lungren were to win.
The real leader and Republican representative in this district
is State Senator Rico Oller. He holds ALL of the major endorsements
for this area in this campaign. He can raise money, he has
a war chest of nearly $800,000 currently. Oller is a true conservative
- and this district wants nothing else! He has lived in this
district for his entire life, He built a business in this district,
held the assembly seat for this district and now represents
them as a state senator. Rico Oller is the next level for this
congressional seat. When Rico Oller speaks, he represents the
voters and the citizens of this congressional district perfectly
and this is what a representative republic is all about!
All of the other maneuvering is bad behavior by the
moderates of our party. When I decided to represent the Republican
in the recall election, choosing Governor-elect Schwarzenegger
over State Senator McClintock, I mentioned that the moderates
would need to return the favor the conservatives offered in
voting for Schwarzenegger. Then, conservatives coalesced behind
Arnold, and now the moderates of the GOP need to stop this
infiltration and set their sights elsewhere for another Republican
Let's stop acting like the 'Stupid Party' and remember what
winning really means. Get behind State Senator Rico Oller, and
at the same time, find a race for the likes of a Dan Lungren
- he is worthy. Time to grow a bench and pick up numbers...not
fight against conservative candidates!
Remember...the grassroots are watching!