Now that Chris Cox is a private citizen again and people can be open
about their ambitions to replace him in Congress, a new set of
potential candidates is getting the chance to be coy. While state
Sen. John Campbell is chasing the House seat, others are eyeing the
vacancy he'll leave if he wins.
Just like the Congressional candidates before there was an
official opening there, Senate hopefuls have equivocated because no
one's sure there's a seat to run for.
Huntington Beach Assemblyman Tom Harman is definitely in the race.
The list of possible candidates includes Orange County GOP Chairman
Scott Baugh, Newport Beach Assemblyman Chuck DeVore and real estate
magnate Kevin Hayes Sr. -- all Republicans.
Asked how serious he is about a Senate run, Hayes said Tuesday,
"I'm a pretty serious guy in general, but as for a run for that seat,
I can tell you I'm still undecided."
Hayes, 49, is a board member of the moderate fundraising group the
New Majority and chairman of corporate real estate firm Cresa
Partners, and on Wednesday he became a Newport Beach resident after
relocating from Irvine.
DeVore said Tuesday he's interested in the seat, but the timing of
the election will clinch things for him.
"When these things come up, especially in the era of term limits,
you never lightly dismiss it," he said.
But on the other hand, with a safe Assembly seat and more than
five years before he's termed out, DeVore said, "there's a lot to be
said for just sticking to the task at hand."
Republicans not slouching on beefing up campaign coffers
As of Wednesday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had yet to call the
special election to replace Rep. Chris Cox, who left office Tuesday
to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. But Republican
candidates weren't slouching on fundraising, with an event scheduled
today in Newport Beach for former Assemblywoman Marilyn Brewer.
As of Monday, Brewer said she's got about $185,000 in her campaign
coffers. Campbell, her leading GOP opponent, said he has commitments
totaling $400,000, but his cash total Monday was about $320,000.
Women in Leadership, a nonpartisan group that backs women
candidates who support abortion rights, will hold a fundraiser for
Brewer tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at Muldoon's Irish Pub at Fashion
Island. Brewer will speak at 6:15 p.m.
Campbell did not have any fundraisers scheduled as of Wednesday,
but said he might set one up with the governor, who just endorsed
Pundits go a little
way out on a limb
And just because it's always fun to make political predictions --
or in this case to avoid looking foolish later by letting others make
them -- here are what some politicos have to say about the race for
Cox's House seat:
Former Rep. Bob Dornan, on his chances in a primary race against
Campbell: "I feel that in a head-on, I could take him based on
UC Irvine political scientist Louis De Sipio on Dornan's chances:
"Dornan at this point, I think, is past his prime ... and this is a
different district than the one he ran in, meaning his sort of moral
conservatism will actually play a lot less well."
And De Sipio on Campbell: "My sense is that Campbell has the
advantage because he can bring in the legislative leadership to
New Majority board member and GOP activist Dale Dykema on the
race: "John Campbell certainly is the one who is most likely to win
that race.... I really question whether or not Marilyn Brewer will
stay in the race if we have no other candidates there, because she
would have to spend quite a bit of money in order to make it a
competitive race, and I don't think any amount of money that she
would spend would be enough to overcome the advantages that John
Still time to drop
by Cox's office
Former Rep. Chris Cox announced Tuesday -- his last day as an
elected official -- that his California and Washington, D.C., offices
will stay open to answer questions and work on problems for
constituents of the 48th Congressional District, which includes
The clerk of the House of Representatives, Jeff Trandahl, will be
supervising operations in those offices until a new representative is
elected. Questions and comments can still be directed to the capital
office at (202)225-5611 or the Newport Beach office at (949)756-2244.
He'll get water into your tap
Local resident and business owner Shawn Dewane has been appointed
to the Mesa Consolidated Water District board of directors. Dewane,
who lives in Costa Mesa and runs an Raymond James Financial Services
office in Newport Beach, was chosen from nine candidates to represent
Division 5. He replaced R. Michael Healey, who retired from the board