Hoping to discourage competition in a congressional race next year, Assemblyman Tom McClintock (R-Camarillo) announced Wednesday his intention to run for the seat of Rep. Bobbi Fiedler (R-Northridge) if she runs for the U.S. Senate.
"Maybe we won't have any competition," McClintock said wistfully. "That's one reason why we're organizing so early."
An easy race, however, may be wishful thinking on McClintock's part.
Several Republicans have expressed interest in the seat, including Simi Valley Mayor Elton Gallegly, who already has raised about $100,000. Other possible contenders include Charles Imbrecht, a former assemblyman who is now chairman of the state Energy Commission, and Barry M. Goldwater Jr., a former San Fernando Valley congressman.
The conservative, 29-year-old McClintock said he expects to need $330,000 to win a contested Republican primary. So far, he said, he has raised more than $50,000 and has scheduled a fund-raiser next month.
The plans of all the Republican hopefuls are contingent upon Fiedler's not changing her mind about higher office. At this point, the congresswoman has made it known she will seek Sen. Alan Cranston's seat in 1986, but it may be several months before a formal announcement is forthcoming, said Paul Clark, her executive assistant.