UPDATED AT 3:44
McClintock stands with Wilk: As Republicans in Ventura County well remember from his 20 years representing the area in the Legislature, Rep. Tom McClintock is a maverick through and through. So it should be no surprise that McClintock is throwing the niceties of the congressional fraternity to the wind and has agreed to appear at a May 2 fundraiser for 38th Assembly District candidate Scott Wilk.
Since one of Wilk's Republican opponents is Patricia McKeon, the wife of Rep. Buck McKeon, that would create an awkward situation for some members of Congress. The sensitivities about not offending the McKeons is so strong, in fact, that Sen. Tony Strickland decided after becoming a candidate for Congress to withdraw his endorsement of Wilk in order to avoid any hard feelings in the California Republican congressional delegation.
But McClintock, now a House member representing a Northern California district, has always been his own man, and he's publicly standing up for Wilk, who once worked for McClintock when he was a member of the Assembly.
Parks takes a stand -- on ice cream: Supervisor Linda Parks of Thousand Oaks launched the first television ads of the 26th Congressional District campaign with a three-rotation ad buy on all cable TV franchises in Ventura County. The quirkiest of the three is an interview-style ad with a surprise ending (here's the You Tube version).
In the 30-second ad she stresses the core theme of her campaign -- that there are too many extremists in Congress, and that what the country needs in order to move forward are independent thinkers who can help Republicans and Democrats to work together. She closes the spot by taking a bold stand and proclaiming, after a slight hesitation, her favorite flavor of ice cream.