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.
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.’ ”
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.