Supervisor John Moorlach made a brief bid for Governor in February 2013 and dropping out four months later (Jerry Brown was re-elected to that seat), announcing a bid for the 45th Congressional District in December 2013 and dropping out three months later (Mimi Walters won that seat), and then flirted with bids for the 74th Assembly District (Matt Harper won that seat) and Auditor-Controller (Eric Woolery won that seat).
Today, Jon Fleischman at FlashReport reported on Supervisor John Moorlach’s entry into the 37th Senate District race against Assemblyman Don Wagner to replace Mimi Walters, who will vacate the seat to head to Congress. Here’s an excerpt of Fleischman’s report…
Both Moorlach and Wagner are conservatives, the former being a bit more iconic because of his prediction of the County of Orange’s bankruptcy back in the 90′s.
Neither Moorlach nor Wagner are known as being prolific fundraisers — though Wagner has had his eye in this seat for some time and starts with a head start.
One big question is whether the presence of two conservative foreshadows a more moderate entry into the race.
If Moorlach can raise (or self fund) 200k or more he would be very formidable for anyone, including Wagner, to beat. But that’s a big if. Moorlach floated a bid for Congress last year and dropped it largely as a function of fundraising challenges. Although he was trying to run against the aggressive Mimi Walters, who is a strong fundraiser.
Here’s an excerpt of Moorlach’s announcement…
In the last week I have been making calls when possible, as there were OCTA and Board of Supervisors meetings and the Thanksgiving holidays. These calls have been extremely positive and I’m putting a campaign team together for the sprint that is called a special election.
Before I officially announce, I wanted you to know first. There is only one other announced candidate at this time. In fact, we did lunch a month ago and he is aware that I’ve been mulling this decision over. I still need to connect with him to let him know that I am even more strongly leaning in running for this seat.
If you’re happy to endorse or support me, that would be great news. With your permission, I may even include your name in my official announcement, which I hope to release sometime this week.
Thank you for allowing my wife and I to serve you as a County Treasurer-Tax Collector for nearly twelve years. Thank you for allowing us to serve in the position of a County Supervisor for eight years; where I had a ball achieving numerous significant accomplishments. Thank you for being a friend and for being on my e-mail tree.
After I make a formal announcement, I hope to engage you in some form or fashion in achieving a successful result next spring. Together, let’s shake it up, again.