And they’re off! California seeks a reshuffle of its Democrats and have asked Tom Steyer, the billionaire eco-fanatic to consider running. Just what we need, more rich, one-trick ponies telling us how to think.
POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt: “A parade of ambitious California public figures, who’ve spent years itching for a shot at the state’s top political offices, are anticipating a shake-up of the state’s political hierarchy that could begin in a matter of weeks with the possible retirement of Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. And some big names – including the mayor of Los Angeles – are already sizing up possible bids to succeed her.
“Democrat Eric Garcetti, the 43-year-old Los Angeles mayor, has had preliminary conversations about a possible campaign with Bill Carrick, a veteran political strategist in the state, according to one source … At a New York City dinner last week sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters, liberal activists pressed Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge-fund manager and environmentalist from San Francisco, to consider a bid …
Most of the attention, though, is expected to center on a pair of rising stars: state Attorney General Kamala Harris, 50, and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, 47, both Democrats.”
NEVADA: “We’ve had conversations, yes.” – Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on talking about a potential bid against Sen. Harry Reid, according to The Washington Post. According to the Post, Sandoval says he’s too busy right to think about a challenging Reid: If he doesn’t run, we like Bob Beers.