This morning, The Orange County Register’s Andrew Galvin writes that Orange County Second District Supervisor John Moorlach has decided that he will not be running for governor in 2014. Moorlach’s, announcement puts an end to his “listening tour” to determine the viability of a potential run. Moorlach told constituents in an email;
“A component of the campaign strategy would have been to do a statewide ballot measure, providing better name identification and media attention on pension reform, for the 2014 General Election. This ballot-measure-strategy is one that former Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado is currently trying to pursue. Consequently, I am making my official announcement: I am not running for Governor of the State of California. Hopefully, this will stop the inclusion of my name in news reports of potential Republican candidates who don’t have a chance of beating Governor Jerry Brown.”
Bummer. We would have loved the opportunity to watch Mr. Moorlach take a the flight of Icarus that a race for governor would be.
Unfortunately it is likely that we could have Moorlach to kick around for some time to come. Galvin reports that Moorlach is still considering a run for Auditor-Controller. Maybe that has something to do with his support for Jan Grimes as the appointee for that position. During the selection process Grimes indicated that she was unlikely to run for the elected seat in 2014.