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Wednesday, December 3, 2003
CA Senate Race Update

By Steven Taylor @ 1:47 pm

Intresting: Ex-U.S. Treasurer Joins Calif. Sen. RaceFormer U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin launched her campaign for the Republican Senate nomination Tuesday, issuing a blistering critique of Sen. Barbara Boxer for her record on national defense and the economy.

Marin, who was the highest-ranking Hispanic in the Bush administration, described Boxer as an overly partisan Democrat whose views on defense undermined the president’s fight against terrorism.


Marin, who emigrated to the United States from Mexico at age 14, made her announcement in Huntington Park a largely Hispanic suburb of Los Angeles where she once served as mayor.

Boxer is, theoretically, beatable, but it will be an uphill battle. Marin’s immigrant background and federal government experience should help. Coming out and attacking Boxer on national secuirty strikes me as smart as well.

The rest of the Republican field shapes up as follows:

Marin will face at least two other Republicans in the March primary: former Los Altos Mayor Tony Casey and Ventura County Assemblyman Tony Strickland.

Former Secretary of State Bill Jones has also expressed interest in the race, but has not yet announced plans. The deadline to file is Friday.

Many Republicans privately say they believe that Jones would pose the strongest challenge to Boxer.

I don’t know enough about any of the candidates to handicap the race, but it would seem that Jones, havig once held a statewide office, or Marin, as a hispanic female with a federal government resume, would be the top candidates at this point.

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  1. One gripe: why is Marin called the highest-ranking Hispanic in the Bush Administration? I would think that would be HUD secretary Mel Martinez. At least he is a cabinet-level official who is in the presidential line of succession. The only thing I know about the U.S. Treasurer is that his or her signature is on the paper currency…

    Comment by mark — Wednesday, December 3, 2003 @ 2:40 pm

  2. I’ve actually met Rosario Marin and listened to her address a crowd. She spoke to a few dozen interns last summer at the EEOB. It was a conservative, sympathetic audience… and she still bombed. Not one person I spoke to afterwards was even remotely impressed. Perfectly nice mind you, and she may be Hispanic and female… but completely uninspiring. Just based on that one experience, I would put her chances of beating Barbara Boxer- a grating, but extremely clever politician- somewhere around -5%.

    Comment by MRB — Wednesday, December 3, 2003 @ 6:27 pm

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