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McCain rolls out California grassroots team

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain‘s campaign today announced its roster of California grassroots leaders — at least some of whom have been publicly known for months — who’ll be working to put boots on the ground and voices on the phones this fall. For the sake of brevity, I’ll list only the statewide figures and then those relevant to the Bay Area:

California Regional Chairs
Robert Laurie, Northern Region
Nicolas Beck, Bay Area
Brian Forrest, Central Valley
Rob Bryn, Central Coast
Donna Jordan, Central Coast
Robby Hightower, Inland Empire
Luis Alvarado, Los Angeles
Steve Kuykendall, Los Angeles
Kevin Muldoon, Orange
Bob Rubin, South

California Deputy Regional Chairs -North
Anton Hartmann, Deputy Regional Chair
Mike Harris, Northern Deputy District Chair NW
Larry Wahl, Northern Deputy District Chair NE
Ann Whitley, Northern Deputy District Chair Congressional District 4
Bob Vile, Northern Deputy District Chair Gold Country

California County Chairs
Alameda — Stephen Savas
Contra Costa — Jeff Elfont
Marin — Gina Rulon-Miller
Napa — Doug Pharr
San Francisco — Rich Miller
San Joaquin — Frank Aquila & Shannon Ding
San Mateo — Michael Maletic
Santa Clara — David Springer & Roger Riffenburgh
Solano — Mike Gomez

A few of these folks already had been named earlier in other capacities with the campaign; for example, Bryn, Hightower and Wahl are regional chairs of California Veterans for McCain as well.

And you’ve gotta wonder whether former Calaveras County GOP chairman Bob Vile’s words to the New York Times back in February will haunt him:

“It was the matter of the choice of two evils,” said Robert Vile, the chairman of Calaveras County Republican Party in a telephone interview. “We are very disappointed with McCain over the immigration issue and of course McCain-Feingold. But we weighed Romney very carefully here and the general feeling in this county was that McCain was the better man.”

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.