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Video: Rocky Chávez hints at Senate run; swipes at Harris

Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside during session in the Assembly chambers in Sacramento.
Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside during session in the Assembly chambers in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, an Oceanside Republican, gave a not-so-subtle hint Friday that he’ll run for the U.S. Senate, telling GOP activists in Sacramento that he’ll announce his decision Thursday.

Chávez, speaking at a reception he hosted at the party’s biannual convention, also used the opportunity to take a glancing shot at Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate for Barbara Boxer’s seat next year.

“The way we’re going to win it,” Chávez told the crowd, “is because we are going to run around California and we are going to talk about things Californians care about. It’s about jobs. It’s about education.”

Chávez, who spent more than 28 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, then turned his attention to Harris, a career prosecutor, questioning her command of foreign affairs.

“If it gets worse, who do you want to send to the Senate?” he asked. “A liberal lawyer from San Francisco or a Marine colonel?”

Former state GOP chairmen Duf Sundheim and Tom Del Beccaro also are considering runs.

Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago.

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