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Who will take a seat?

August 04, 2005|By: Alicia Robinson

Now that Chris Cox is a private citizen again and people can be open

about their ambitions to replace him in Congress, a new set of

potential candidates is getting the chance to be coy. While state

Sen. John Campbell is chasing the House seat, others are eyeing the

vacancy he'll leave if he wins.

Just like the Congressional candidates before there was an

official opening there, Senate hopefuls have equivocated because no

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one's sure there's a seat to run for.

Huntington Beach Assemblyman Tom Harman is definitely in the race.

The list of possible candidates includes Orange County GOP Chairman

Scott Baugh, Newport Beach Assemblyman Chuck DeVore and real estate

magnate Kevin Hayes Sr. -- all Republicans.

Asked how serious he is about a Senate run, Hayes said Tuesday,

"I'm a pretty serious guy in general, but as for a run for that seat,

I can tell you I'm still undecided."

Hayes, 49, is a board member of the moderate fundraising group the

New Majority and chairman of corporate real estate firm Cresa

Partners, and on Wednesday he became a Newport Beach resident after

relocating from Irvine.

DeVore said Tuesday he's interested in the seat, but the timing of

the election will clinch things for him.

"When these things come up, especially in the era of term limits,

you never lightly dismiss it," he said.

But on the other hand, with a safe Assembly seat and more than

five years before he's termed out, DeVore said, "there's a lot to be

said for just sticking to the task at hand."

Republicans not slouching on beefing up campaign coffers

As of Wednesday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had yet to call the

special election to replace Rep. Chris Cox, who left office Tuesday

to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. But Republican

candidates weren't slouching on fundraising, with an event scheduled

today in Newport Beach for former Assemblywoman Marilyn Brewer.

As of Monday, Brewer said she's got about $185,000 in her campaign

coffers. Campbell, her leading GOP opponent, said he has commitments

totaling $400,000, but his cash total Monday was about $320,000.

Women in Leadership, a nonpartisan group that backs women

candidates who support abortion rights, will hold a fundraiser for

Brewer tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at Muldoon's Irish Pub at Fashion

Island. Brewer will speak at 6:15 p.m.

Campbell did not have any fundraisers scheduled as of Wednesday,

but said he might set one up with the governor, who just endorsed

him.

Pundits go a little

way out on a limb

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