County Republicans were facing the prospect of a quiet year in 1988 on the local political scene until the recent appointment of Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (R-Long Beach) as state treasurer.
Now there is the prospect of an open congressional race and ripples in county and city politics.
There are a lot of "ifs." But here's how the scenario goes:
Lungren is confirmed by the Legislature in January. (This is in question.) County Supervisor Harriett M. Wieder, who is thinking seriously of running for Lungren's seat, wins against the other announced GOP candidate, Assemblyman Gerald N. Felando (R-San Pedro). About 38% of Lungren's district, which is heavily Republican, is in Orange County.
Gov. George Deukmejian appoints Wieder's replacement until the 1990 election. Mentioned so far in such speculations is Huntington Beach Mayor John Erskine, an ambitious young Republican who is executive director of the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Assn.
Then , if Erskine moved on, there would be a new Huntington Beach mayor . . . and the beat goes on.