Ackerman, Strickland to chair Romney’s team

romney.jpg2008 Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney today announced the first 15 members of his California Leadership Team, with state Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman, R-Irvine, and former Assemblyman, 2006 state Controller candidate and current state Senate candidate Tony Strickland as chairman.

“I am honored to have the backing of these dedicated leaders in the Golden State,” Romney said in a statement. “Their record of service is proof that President Reagan’s legacy is alive and well in California. We all believe that strong and unflinching leadership is once again needed to restore fiscal sanity in Washington, D.C.”

Said Ackerman: “The Republican Party must reestablish itself as the guardian of fiscal responsibility, and Governor Romney is the right leader to make that happen.”

Said Strickland: “Governor Romney accomplished an impressive feat by bringing fiscal discipline to one of the nation’s most liberal states. As a lifelong fiscal conservative, I am troubled by the spending binge we’ve seen at the federal level. Our nation needs a strong and tested leader like Mitt Romney to put our nation’s finances back on track.”

Romney wowed pundits by raising $21 million in the first quarter of this year (of which $2.35 million came from his own pocket), but has yet to gain much traction in the polls.

Besides Ackerman and Strickland, the members are:

  • Assemblyman Anthony Adams, R-Monrovia
  • Former Assembly Leader Scott Baugh, Huntington Beach
  • Former Assemblyman and Republican Caucus Chair Russ Bough, Yucaipa
  • Congressman John Campbell, R-Newport Beach
  • Fresno City Councilman Jerry Duncan, Fresno
  • State Senator Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga
  • Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale
  • State Senator Bob Margett, R-Glendora
  • Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita
  • Former California Republican Party Chairman Mike Schroeder, Corona del Mar
  • Assemblyman Jim Silva, R-Huntington Beach
  • Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, R-Moorpark
  • State Senator Mark Wyland, R-Carlsbad
  • Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.