Tony Strickland announces bid for state controller

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Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks) announced his bid for state controller Friday, setting up a potential rematch of the 2006 for the race. That contest was won by Democrat John Chiang, who is seeking reelection.

Strickland apparently was recruited to seek the post by gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. Strickland was an early endorser of Whitman’s gubernatorial campaign.

Whitman’s campaign spokeswoman Sarah Pompei confirmed Whitman encouraged Strickland to enter the race. ‘“Tony is a strong conservative with the economic credentials to help fix the fiscal crisis facing California. Meg is looking forward to working as a team for a new California.’

Chiang defeated Strickland by more than 10 percentage points in 2006.


-- Anthony York