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McClintock denies that he’s planning for another election

Pat Butler
Sun News Service

Congressional candidate Tom McClintock said he has no intention of running for the Board of Equalization in 2010 if he loses in the fall election to Democrat Charlie Brown ” despite the existence of a campaign fund listed on the secretary of state’s Web site.

“I expect to win in November, and I have no intention of running for the BOE,” the Republican state senator said. “That’s (for) an old, exploratory campaign.”

McClintock’s opponents have made much of the Board of Equalization campaign fund and another one for California’s lieutenant governor, also for 2010.

A blog on the San Francisco Chronicle’s Web site about term limits had this comment, in part:

“Republican state Sen. Tom McClintock … has taken the Boy Scout motto ‘Be Prepared’ to heart by opening 2010 campaign committees for both lieutenant governor and the state Board of Equalization, even while he’s running for a North State congressional seat in November.”

Brown’s campaign manager, Todd Stenhouse, said the establishment of the election committee demonstrates that McClintock, who will be termed out of the state Senate this fall, is a “career politician” who is always looking ahead to the next election.

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“I think this speaks volumes about the sincerity of his run,” Stenhouse said. “He’s been running for office for 25 years in this state.”

McClintock said the information in the blog is inaccurate and misleading, and he accused the Brown campaign – which is publicizing the blog – of engaging in deception.

“Charlie seems to have a never-ending supply of misinformation, and I can’t help that,” McClintock said.

McClintock, a state senator from Thousand Oaks, is running for his fifth different office since 2000. He formed a committee when he ran for lieutenant governor in 2006, but said recently he never intended to run for that office again in 2010.

McClintock formed the Board of Equalization committee in 2007, but that was before Rep. John Doolittle decided not to seek re-election, thus opening the door for a seat in a Republican district that he’s now pursuing exclusively, he said.

According to the secretary of state’s Web site, McClintock had $140,000 as of Jan. 30 in the McClintock Committee 2010, which is the Board of Equalization exploratory campaign.

But he can’t transfer money raised for a state race to a federal campaign. If he wants to close the account, he needs to give the money to charity or other statewide candidates, which he has started to do.

“We have not solicited funds for the BOE since last fall, and we have no intention of soliciting funds for that race,” McClintock said, adding that the committee’s fund now has around $100,000 in it.

Brown, of Roseville, and McClintock are running to replace Doolittle as the 4th Congressional District representative in the November election.