Politics & Government

The Buzz: McClintock, Moore finally agree on a debate

Joel Fox is president of the Small Business Action Committee and editor of Fox and Hounds Daily (www.foxandhoundsdaily.com), a website dedicated to commentary on California business and politics.
Joel Fox is president of the Small Business Action Committee and editor of Fox and Hounds Daily (www.foxandhoundsdaily.com), a website dedicated to commentary on California business and politics. Small Business Action Committee

The on-again, off-again debate between 4th Congressional District incumbent Tom McClintock and challenger Art Moore is back on.

A day after McClintock backed away from a one-hour debate that would have been hosted by the League of Women Voters, the Elk Grove Republican’s camp issued a news release that he had accepted an invitation from the Auburn Chamber of Commerce’s “Meddlers” forum at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Moore will be there, his campaign strategist Rob Stutzman said, although he thinks McClintock was more an organizer than an invitee to the debate.

As proof, Stutzman forwarded a Friday morning email from McClintock campaign manager Jon Huey to Auburn Chamber board member Steve Galyardt thanking him for “taking my call and trying to help us set up the debate.”

The email lays out “the rules we would like to follow”: a one-hour, town-hall-style debate with no pre-screened questions, up to three minutes to answer and more time for rebuttals.

Stutzman said Moore “still challenges Tom to go to a debate where he doesn’t set the rules” – and isn’t at 7 a.m.

– Jon Ortiz


SENATE WATCH

Sen. Kevin de León, the incoming leader of the California Senate, has announced hiring an Obama administration public affairs official as his communications director. Anthony Reyes, who works on digital strategy for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, is scheduled to join de León’s Sacramento-based team today. The Los Angeles Democrat takes over as Senate president pro tem on Wednesday. The outgoing leader, Sen. Darrell Steinberg, is forced to leave the Legislature later this year due to term limits.

– Laurel Rosenhall


WORTH REPEATING

“Like the Oakland Raiders, the Republicans need one win to give them confidence.”

Joel Fox, editor of the conservative Fox & Hounds blog, referring to statewide races in California.

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