Doug Ose, the former Sacramento-area Republican congressman and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, is considering a run for California governor, he said in an interview Tuesday.
Ose, a Trump delegate at the 2016 national convention who said at the time he was finished with electoral politics, told The Sacramento Bee he has grown tired of watching on the sidelines as politicians fail to tackle homelessness, under-performing schools, high taxes and housing markets across the state that have become out of reach for many Californians.
“I know we can do better,” Ose said. “We know what the Democrats are going do. They are going to be captives of a Legislature dominated by Democrats. So I am taking a real look at the governor’s race.”
He has begun showing up at more political events in recent weeks, raising the interest of opponents and Republicans who would like to see him run.
Ose would shake up a contest that has Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom holding firm as the frontrunner. Fellow Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa and Republican John Cox have been locked in a seesaw battle for second place.
Treasurer John Chiang trails only Newsom in fundraising but has languished in early polls.
A wealthy Sacramento County developer who served six years in Congress before honoring a pledge to come home, Ose mounted unsuccessful returns to Washington in 2008 and 2014, finishing behind Rep. Tom McClintock in the primary and Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, respectively.