Perhaps had Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo not been on military deployment in Afghanistan this winter, he might have been persuaded to run for state Senate against Sen. Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills in a district in which Republican Party leaders had to scramble to find a candidate. But instead, of course, Gorell is running for re-election to the Assembly.
But that doesn't mean he isn't playing a role in the 27th Senate District race. In addition to giving a modest $1.150 directly to the campaign of L.A. County prosecutor Todd Zink, who is running against Pavley, Gorell this spring contributed $20,000 to the San Luis Obispo County Republican Party.
And what is the San Luis Obispo County GOP doing with its money? On Wednesday, it dropped a cool $70,000 into Zink's campaign.Last we checked, San Luis Obispo is a very long way from eastern Ventura County, where Zink and Pavley will be squaring off.