The Buzz: ‘New breed’ GOP candidate touts run for California governor

02/11/2014 12:00 AM

03/30/2014 11:58 AM

Neel Kashkari and Tim Donnelly crossed paths Sunday. Drama? None.

In presentations before the California Federation of Republican Women, the GOP candidates for governor offered familiar remarks without mentioning each other.

Yet there are other, lesser-known Republicans who intend to run, and one of them was given a spot in the speaking order right between the party’s main acts.

Glenn Champ, who describes himself on his website as “a new breed of Christian soldier moving forward in the army of the Lord,” told a story about two brothers, both tea party farmers who get audited by the IRS.

The one with a firearm did best.

“He says, ‘Well, I asked that agent if I could record the conversation,’ ” Champ, of Tollhouse, told the audience. “The agent said, ‘Yes.’ So I pulled out my 1911 recording device, cocked the hammer, and the agent said, ‘I’ve made a big mistake. Please forgive the IRS,’ and he left.”

“Now that’s the kind of candidate we need,” Champ said, comparing himself to the brother, “somebody that’s going to stand up to government and tell them, ‘Hey, you’re out of line.’ ”

– David Siders


California Democrats seeking office moved closer to securing coveted state party endorsements at meetings of grass-roots officials this weekend. In the Sacramento area, Democratic Assembly candidate Dan Wolk exceeded the threshold to receive a pro-forma endorsement vote at the party convention next month. Wolk, a Davis city councilman and the son of Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, expects to face at least three Democrats: Napa Supervisor Bill Dodd, Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza and Napa Planning Commissioner Matt Pope.

– Christopher Cadelago


“Glitches happen.”

Neel Kashkari, GOP gubernatorial candidate, reacting to Gov. Jerry Brown’s campaign website, which erroneously listed all Twitter followers, including Kashkari, as supporters.

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