McClintock backers can’t get him to commit – yet
February 28, 2008
State Sen. Tom McClintock met supporters on the steps of the state Capitol Wednesday and said he’s still thinking seriously about running for the 4th District Congressional seat being vacated by John Doolittle.
Members of “Draft McClintock for Congress” gave him letters of support, said group member Ryan Clumpner, a student at the University of California, Davis, and chairman of the California College Republicans.
“He said he is seriously thinking about it and still considering,” Clumpner said.
Political observers have been speculating since last week about McClintock’s intentions.
McClintock would be running for the GOP nomination against ex-Rep. Doug Ose of Sacramento, former state Sen. Rico Oller of San Andreas and Ted Terbolizard of Cedar Ridge.
Republican Eric Egland of Roseville said he would drop out of the race and campaign for McClintock should he run. Whoever gets the nomination will most likely run against Democrat Charlie Brown of Roseville, who nearly beat Doolittle in 2006.
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A recent poll commissioned by a group of McClintock backers showed 43 percent of likely GOP voters would support him in the June primary.
Ose got 11 percent in that poll to Oller’s 6 percent and 36 percent undecided, according to the Roll Call newspape