Pombo will run for Congress, says Hotline

Hotline reports that former GOP Congressman Richard Pombo will run in 2010 for the seat of retiring Rep. George Radanovich, R-Mariposa.

Pombo, who lives in Tracy, lost his 11th District seat in 2006 to Democrat Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton and took a job as a lobbyist.

No, Tracy is not in the 19th District. It’s in the 11th District. But there is no requirement in the U.S. Constitution that a person live in the congressional district from which he or she is elected.

Pombo will very likely argue that as a rancher who served as the chairman of the House’s top committee on natural resources, he is highly knowledgeable about the Central Valley’s key issues such as water and agriculture.

Here’s what Hotline reported:

Hotline On Call – Pombo To Run For Radanovich’s Seat

By Reid Wilson

Ex-Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) will make a comeback attempt in an open House seat that neighbors the district he once held, 4 years after losing his own re-election bid.

The former 7-term congressman, who once headed the House Resources Committee, will run for the seat being vacated by Rep. George Radanovich (R), who announced last week that he will not serve another term. Radanovich’s 19th district is next to the 11th district, which Pombo lost to Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) in ’06.

Pombo will make the announcement tomorrow, sources tell Hotline OnCall, after speaking with several incumbent members of Congress and supporters back home. He has reached out to donors in recent days, as well as to Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R) and Devin Nunes (R), two incumbents who hold neighboring districts.

Pombo will not have the district to himself. State Sen. Jeff Denham (R) already has Radanovich’s backing, and his district overlaps part of Radanovich’s, giving Denham what could be an early lead in name recognition.

Whomever wins the primary will likely be a heavy favorite for the general election; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) won the seat by 6 points in ’08 while significantly underperforming the historically GOP Central Valley. The NRCC will not get involved in a primary between the 2, according to a party source.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Tom Benigno

    I’m glad to see Pombo back in the game.