In a story in today's Star, I write about speculation that Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy could become a "wild card" candidate for the Republican nomination for governor (sorry, I can't provide the story link because I'm writing this before the story is posted at VenturaCountyStar.com).
In a brief telephone interview on Friday, Foy sounded like someone very much intrigued by the idea and acknowledged that he's "not discouraging" conservatives who are dropping his name as a potential candidate. He said he intends to be present and visible at the state GOP convention Feb. 20-22 in Sacramento, but that there will be no "Foy for Governor" signs in the trunk of his car.
As with all political possibilities, this one creates a trail of potential ripples. If Foy were to run for statewide office in 2010, he would have to vacate his Simi Valley-district seat on the Board of Supervisors. And that would create an opening for Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, who lives in the district and who will be termed out of the Assembly next year.