After having heard numerous rumors that former Supervisor John Flynn of Oxnard might be pondering a political comeback at age 77, I decided last week to put the question directly to him -- through Facebook, the contemporary social networking site that the septuagenarian has enthusiastically embraced.
Here is most of what he said in his Facebook message to me: "Retirement? It has not been a fit for me... I will keep options open."
Among the options, of course, would be a 2012 rematch against Supervisor John Zaragoza, who beat Flynn in their 2008 contest. Flynn, who served 32 years on the board, has come back once before: He was defeated in his re-election campaign after his first term, then came back to reclaim the office and serve seven more terms.
Another potential option might be running for mayor of Oxnard. With the uncertainty over potential indictments relating to the district attorney's probe of various city financial activities, a serious challenge against incumbent Tom Holden seems likely in 2012. Flynn might be tempted to take a shot at the mayor's seat, which would carry with it the chance to serve alongside his son, Tim, on the City Council.
Tim Flynn, like his father before him, was re-elected to office last fall, making a successful comeback after having lost his first re-election campaign.