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Ex-Rep. Radanovich exploring run for governor

With Abel Maldonado and Tim Donnelly not exactly tearing it up in their nascent efforts to run for governor in 2014, another Republican may be preparing to enter the race.

RadanovichFormer Rep. George Radanovich sent out an e-mail this morning announcing his exploration of a run. Radanovich, 58, of Mariposa, said he has created a 501(c)(3) group called The Four Institutions – so named for family, business, religion and government, which he says are the basis of any society – to start giving the private sector a more prominent role in rebuilding the state nation.

Of those four institutions, he wrote, family is weakest and can best be shored up by addressing the issue of fatherless children. He touted his Restore Fresno pilot project – aimed at reducing fatherlessness, unwed pregnancy and divorce through persuasion and private investment – and said he’d like to expand to every California county. Doing so, he wrote, will reduce education, public safety, prison and welfare costs.

“A program of rebuilding the private sector and then cutting government represents a radical departure from business as usual in Sacramento,” Radanovich wrote. “But I believe Californians are ready for change and the time is ripe for a new approach. That is why I am considering entering the race for governor of California. Exploring the privilege to serve as California’s governor will give me the opportunity to visit community leaders throughout the state and discuss the details of Restore California.”

Radanovich served the 19th Congressional District from 1995 to 2011; as his wife fought the ovarian cancer that eventually claimed her life in 2010, he chose not to seek re-election.

Read Radanovich’s entire email, after the jump…
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Pollster says Pombo bad for Republican Party

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Flashreport blogger Jon Fleischman posted this item late last night citing a very interesting push poll memo from the 19th Congressional District, where former GOP Rep. Richard Pombo has declared his candidacy for the seat held by retiring Rep. George Radanovich.

Dave Gilliard, the campaign consultant for the other major Republican candidate in this race, state Sen. Jeff Denham of Merced, commissioned the poll from Public Research Strategies based in Redondo Beach.

Gilliard and the pollster conclude that Pombo is bad for the Republican Party, citing high negative poll numbers after voters were informed about a variety of Pombo’s problems when he served as the 11th District representative.

“Based on these survey findings, it is our opinion that former Congressman Richard Pombo is very unlikely to win the Republican Primary in the 19th District,” the memo said. “Further, if he were to win the primary election, it is our opinion that much of the Republican base would not stay with him and make Republicans have to spend significant money to keep this Republican Congressional seat in the Republican hands even with the very comfortable registration margin.”

As Jon writes, “Who says politics isn’t a contact sport?”

Read on for Gilliard’s email, which you can find in its entirety and all of Jon’s comments on FlashReport. Or you can click through at the bottom of this post, where I have pasted the full memo text.

2/10/2010

TO: Interested Parties

FR: Dave Gilliard

Public Opinion Strategies just completed a poll in CA 19. A memo from the pollster is attached. The bottom line is that Jeff Denham starts with strong name ID and positives as well as a significant lead on the ballot test. When voters learn of a single fact – the Radanovich endorsement of Denham – Denham’s lead over Pombo expands to 38 % to 11 %. That lead becomes insurmountable once voters learn about both major candidates. It is also clear that Richard Pombo’s candidacy is very harmful to the Republican Party in 2010.

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Pombo aide sends out email alert

Steve Ding, top aid to former Rep. Richard Pombo, sent out this email alert today about his boss’ re-entry into politics as a candidate for the 19th Congressional District. Incumbent Rep. George Radanovich, R-Fresno, recently announced his retirement.

Here is Ding’s note:

First off, Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to a great year!

I wanted to let everyone know before the official announcement that Richard Pombo is officially running for the 19Th CD currently occupied by George Radanovich. The official announcement will be made tomorrow. Richard has already been working the new district and lining up support.

At this current juncture its going to be a high profile primary. Other candidates who have announced include State Senator Jeff Denham and former mayor of Fresno Jim Patterson. Obviously we would love to have all the help and support you can give. Your advice and council are also needed. I’m still in the process of putting the team together. I don’t know how I could match the old Pombo team but I will try. Hopefully, some of you will join us. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call.

Steve Ding

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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
http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2010/01/pombo_to_run_fo.php

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.