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THE NOONER for January 8, 2015

 

 

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Good morning! Sorry the Noonerific glitch yesterday. To make up for the misfire, I'll put out an issue on Saturday following the governor's budget release.

Well, it happened this morning. Barbara Boxer announced that she won't seek a fifth term in 2016. The e-mail praise is flying out praising Boxer's service, and nobody is running today. But, tomorrow, the campaigns begin--privately at first through donor and endorsement calls, which will be followed after by public announcements, or at least allusions.

The names largely remain the same -- Controller John Chiang, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Don't expect Harris and Newsom--perhaps the highest name-recognition candidates--to run against each other. They are more likely to have a discussion of U.S. Senate 1 (Feinstein), U.S. Senate 2 (Boxer), and Governor rather than face off in 2016.

Similarly, I wouldn't expect Garcetti and Villaraigosa to fight over L.A. votes--particularlly in a low-turnout top-two primary. The dark horse may be John Chiang, who captured the most number of votes among statewide candidates and has few negatives. However, Chiang is also from Los Angeles, although his name ID is likely higher than the mayors.

Finally, what about Tom Steyer? There certainly have been hints of a public office run, but that's also a big leap for someone with great name-ID and connections in segments of the Democratic Party, but has little knowledge among the public. It would be very expensive for him and, he'd be using his own money while the other high-profile candidates use other people's money.

It'll be a barnstormer. U.S. Senate seats rarely open, and when they do, you have an office with six-year terms and no term limits. It's the dream job of every baby politician.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Paula Villescaz!

 

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