When Ventura County Republicans came together Friday night in Thousand Oaks to induct Sen. Tom McClintock into their Hall of Fame there were — it being primary season — some awkward moments.
Supervisor Judy Mikels sat well across the room from challenger Peter Foy. Ditto for Bob Larkin, who was well removed from the front-center table where the incumbent Assembly member he is challenging, Audra Strickland, was seated.
And congressional challenger Michael Tenenbaum worked the room and mingled, but I never saw him come too close to Janice Gallegly, wife of the incumbent congressman he is challenging.
There were others in attendance who weren't too keen on Tenenbaum's candidacy. Norma Lagomarsino, wife of ex-Congressman Bob Lagomarsino, saw the challenger working the room and remarked, "This is the first time I've seen Michael Huffington ... er, Tenenbaum. Freudian slip."
Lagomarsino was ousted from Congress in 1992 because of a primary challenge from Huffington, who went on to win election to the House, immediately begin running for the Senate, lose the Senate race and then disappear from politics.