Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, was selected by a conservative women's website as a hottie. He said he told his wife he'll have to work out more to match the buildup from Politichicks.tv.

The Buzz: California lawmaker Tim Donnelly laughs off 'hottest conservative' title

Published: Thursday, Jul. 18, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

California Attorney General Kamala Harris isn't the only Golden State politician being singled out as easy on the eyes.

PolitiChicks, a conservative website for women, has named Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, as one of its "hottest conservative supermen in America."

"I thought they must have gotten the wrong guy," Donnelly said Wednesday in a telephone interview. "I told my wife I have to work out and live up to the image."

PolitiChicks gathered a six-woman panel and used five criteria – intelligence, courage, passion, sense of humor and looks – when selecting Donnelly as seventh on its list of hottest conservatives in politics. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, led that category.

Other categories included new media, TV and radio, which were led by political commentator David Spady of Breitbart, Greg Gutfeld of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, who needs no introduction.

The overall title of hottest conservative went to AlfonZo Rachel of the Web show Zo Nation.

The list was created in response to "hot conservative women" lists.

"A bunch of my buddies gave me grief," said Donnelly, who has launched a campaign for California governor.

– Melody Gutierrez

CAMPAIGN WATCH

Republican Pete Peterson said Wednesday that he plans to run for secretary of state in 2014 on the same "revolutionary platform" that Democrat Jerry Brown used in 1970 to win election to the office. Peterson, executive director of Pepperdine University's Davenport Institute, said he hopes to pick up a few moderate Democrats as he seeks endorsements.

– Melody Gutierrez

WORTH REPEATING

"Good people can disagree, but I think it's a very healthy choice."

LT. GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM, on the nomination of Janet Napolitano as president of the University of California. UC regents, including Newsom, are scheduled to vote on her nomination today in San Francisco.

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