Barry Pruett, a lawyer from Penn Valley who lost handily to Greg Diaz in the county clerk-recorder race, has joined tea party and other activists in writing a letter to former GOP Congressman Doug Ose, warning him that he can expect “active opposition” should he decide to run for Rep. Ami Bera’s (D-CA) seat.
“It has come to our attention that you are considering running for Congress in California’s 7th Congressional District,” wrote the activists in a letter dated July 8. “We have also heard that you do not want to see a ‘bloody primary’ for the Republican nomination. We agree. That’s why we are writing today to encourage you not to run in CA-07.”
“… should you decide to run, we intend to unite to oppose your candidacy and ensure that the Republican nomination is someone who is committed” to fighting for “principles we hold dear: fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets.”
Pruett’s spouse, Kim, is a staffer for Congressman Tom McClintock. Ose lost to McClintock, clearing the way for the longtime state politican’s current reign as a U.S. Congressman.
Though nonpartisan, the clerk-recorder’s race was a real mudslinging affair.
On a strategic note, a moderate Republican (not a hard-right candidate) would stand a better change of defeating Democrat Bera.
The article and letter are here.