A May 16th article in the San Jose Mercury News quoted Rose Institute Associate Director Professor Ken Miller discussing the campaigns of various gubernatorial candidates in California. The article, titled â€œA glut of Bay Area candidates reaches out to vote-rich Southern California,â€ details how the conservative candidates are focusing on the Inland Empire and Central Valley where the Republican population centers of the state are located.
Miller is quoted as saying that â€œwith the exception of Schwarzenegger, who’s anomalous in a lot of ways, there hasn’t been a pool of Republicans from Southern California who are next in line to run statewide [â€¦] Instead, their base has increasingly become the Inland Empire and Central Valley, but there’s not a lot of [campaign] money in those areas. So you’ve got this weird situation where Republican candidates are coming from the Bay Area, and they’re much more socially moderate than the median voter in a Republican primary.”
Miller also discusses Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosaâ€™s decision to not run for governor. According to Miller, Villaraigosa â€œhad an ideal platform to launch a bid for governor but decided against it last year, after a bout of bad publicity surrounding the breakup of his marriage and his city’s economic troubles.â€ Miller concludes by noting that â€œhe would’ve been a natural.â€