Corona Rep. Ken Calvert wants to be clear: He doesn’t plan on joining two other California House Republicans who announced this week that they won’t run again in their districts.
The Republicans who are bowing out — Reps. Darrell Issa of Vista and Ed Royce of Fullerton — faced particularly tough reelection bids as Democrats targeted their seats this year.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), another vulnerable member, jumped Wednesday to reassure supporters that he’s running again.
Calvert, on the other hand, isn't considered particularly vulnerable. He was reelected in 2016 with 58.82% of the vote, and none of his opponents have raised much money for their campaigns.
There has been rampant speculation in California political circles that another member of the state’s GOP delegation may soon step aside. Calvert on Wednesday posted a message to Facebook Thursday saying he’s looking forward to campaigning.
“In the wake of the Royce/Issa news, we just wanted to make it clear,” said Calvert spokesperson Jason Gagnon.