Friday Feb 15 2008
McClintock keeps options open
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
4th District poll sees senator as a front-runner
State Sen. Tom McClintock, one of California's most high-profile conservative Republicans, isn't ruling out a run for the 4th Congressional District GOP nomination and a chance to replace U.S. Rep. John Doolittle, R-Roseville. McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, was asked by the Journal whether he was considering a run for the Northern California seat, which includes Auburn. He was also asked through an e-mail sent to his office whether he supported any Fourth District candidate for the Republican nomination. Jennifer Cressy, press secretary for the senator, replied that McClintock has received calls from supporters urging him to run for a variety of different offices. At the moment he's keeping his options open and he hasn't made any decisions yet, Cressy said. McClintock's entry into the race would add a well-known conservative to an already crowded field. Former Third District congressman Doug Ose of Sacramento, ex-state senator and assemblyman Rico Oller of San Andreas and Roseville military security expert Eric Egland have already announced their candidacy. McClintock, 51, has represented the 19th District since 2000 and is due to be termed out of office at the end of the year. He ran for governor in 2003's recall election, placing third. Two years ago, he was the Republican candidate for state lieutenant governor, losing to Democrat John Garamendi. He has also lost in 2002 and 1994 in elections for the state controller. McClintock's possible candidacy was being bolstered by a poll commissioned by supporters of a Fourth District congressional run. Constitutional Advocates of Sacramento commissioned a poll by Bob Moore Information indicating the senator has a good chance of winning the nomination over Ose, Oller and Egland. The poll was conducted from a sampling of 300 likely Republican primary voters in the 4th District last Monday and Tuesday. McClintock would garner 43 percent of the vote to 11 for Ose and 6 percent for Oller. Egland was supported by no poll respondents while 4 percent liked none of the four. Thirty-six percent said they didn't know who they would vote for. A spokesman for the Ose campaign said Friday that a McClintock entry into the race is being treated as very hypothetical. Doug Elmets said many Republicans in the state are considering a McClintock run for state governor in 2010 after Arnold Schwarzenegger retires as a more likely scenario. The Journal's Gus Thomson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post a comment at auburnjournal.com.