Elton Gallegly hasn't declared if he is running again and if he does run which district he will run in. The new Ventura County based district is close to tied for party registration. The district that includes Simi Valley runs into Santa Clarita, where incumbent Republican Buck McKeon lives.
I doubt he runs in a district he doesn't live in. It is legal for him to do so but after his campaign being critical of multiple opponents in the past for doing the same I doubt he will do it. I remember the campaign between him and his 1992 opponent Anita Perez-Ferguson. I am sure some of his supporters do too. I knew I saved those files for a reason.
So will he run against House Armed Services Chair Buck McKeon? Being House Armed Services Chair gives McKeon access to large donations from the defense industry.
Rep. Elton Gallegly is playing his classic game of not declaring his intentions early. His own party has openly complained that delaying is bad for his party. Some think he might challenge fellow Republican Rep. Buck McKeon, but I doubt it.
Ventura County Star Reporter Timm Herdt wrote a blog entry that Rep. Buck McKeon couldn't get an answer out of him.
Maybe frustrating party leaders and activists is why the House Republicans chose to pass him over to be a Committee Chair.
I think the most likely scenario is he is waiting with the goal of chasing strong challengers away. But that plan has already failed as multiple Democrats with elected officie experience have already declared or are preparing to declare soon. Elton Gallegly has never had a general election opponent with elected office experience that I recall. Can you think of one?
His games might benefit him personally. But purposefully playing these games makes it harder for candidates from both parties to prepare to run. I understand trying to get an advantage over his opponents but if he chooses to retire or run in another district his party is going to be at a disadvantage when their candidates don't have as much time to run.
I don't know if I would want McKeon or Gallegly to win. I don't know Gallegly's thinking on many issues because he is the only Member of Congress, of either party, to refuse to hold town hall forums.
Tony Strickland should just declare he is running and push Elton Gallegly to make a choice. That would be entertaining.
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