A conservative group affiliated with Republican strategist Karl Rove is planning to spend big on early TV ads for two California Republicans, reserving airtime to boost the prospects of Doug Ose in his challenge of Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove.
Hoping to seize on the favorable political environment for congressional challengers in Sacramento and San Diego counties, Crossroads GPS has pledged to spend nearly $900,000 in the Ose-Bera race and about $700,000 in the 52nd District battle between Democratic Rep. Scott Peters and Republican Carl DeMaio, a former San Diego councilman. The TV ads are scheduled to begin Tuesday and run through the end of the month.
The news agency Politico reported Thursday that Crossroads GPS activity is part of a larger $3 million ad buy. In a statement, Bera campaign spokeswoman Allison Teixeira sought to highlight the groups connection to Rove, a former top aide to President George W. Bush.
Teixeira said she wasnt surprised Oses radical Washington insider friend Karl Rove is bailing him out to the tune of nearly a million dollars. Oses campaign had no comment.
AT THE CAPITOL
Over the objections of school leaders, last-minute budget language capped the amount of money California school districts can set in reserve. Many education officials were shocked by the major policy change, speculating that it was tied to the interests of public employee unions. Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, and Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, now plan to introduce a bill to undo that restriction. They will discuss it at a news conference today at 10 a.m. on the south steps of the Capitol.
Im just not sure theres a will to put a school bond on the ballot.
Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, casting doubt on her $4.3 billion school bond in the Legislature this year. Lawmakers may try again, but Gov. Jerry Brown remains opposed.