Shortly after dropping out of a Ventura County-based congressional district race and endorsing a fellow Republican, former state Sen. Tony Strickland has taken an official step to run in a neighboring district, records show.
Strickland on Nov. 29 filed a notice with the Federal Election Commission that he is interested in running to represent the 25th Congressional District, a seat now held by Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita). But a spokesman for Strickland said "Tony has the utmost respect" for McKeon and "should he choose to retire, he would plan to run in the 25th District to replace him."
Speculation that McKeon will retire has been building but a spokeswoman said Monday that "Congressman McKeon hasn't made any decisions about 2014."
Other Republicans likely would join the race if McKeon steps down. The GOP holds a 39%-35% registration edge over Democrats in the congressional district, although its advantage has been narrowing in recent years.