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Skelton: Slim pickings for California GOP

February 25, 2013|By Los Angeles Times Staff
  • Jim Brulte, shown in 2003 when he was Senate minority leader, is expected to be named chairman of the California Republican Party.
Jim Brulte, shown in 2003 when he was Senate minority leader, is expected… (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated…)

California's Republican Party is beset by problems, from sagging finances to declining voter registration. But one of its immediate concerns is the lack of a clear challenger to Gov. Jerry Brown next year.

George Skelton says in Monday's column that Republicans need to start scrambling to find the right person to lead them into the election.

Brown is popular right now, and he might not be beatable, Skelton says. But Republicans need to find a way to save face. 

"We're not looking for electability," he writes. "What's needed is credibility — to carry the colors without embarrassing the party."

The only Republican lawmaker who has expressed interest in running is Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of San Bernardino County. But he's a former Minuteman in a state with a growing Latino population. One Republican analyst said Donnelly would be "worse than no candidate."

All of Skelton's columns are here.

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