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If Jeff Suppan doesn’t latch on anyplace he may run for Congress

Mar 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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Josh R. forwards me this bit of political news. Out in California, there is jockeying for a congressional seat, with Republicans looking to challenge freshman Democrat Julia Brownley, who represents the Ventura County/Oxnard/Thousand Oaks area. Possibilities:

Colusa County Supervisor Kim Vann is likely to challenge Rep. John Garamendi in the Sacramento-area 3rd District. Former state Sen. Tony Strickland is expected to run again, most likely forging a rematch with freshman Rep. Julia Brownley in the Ventura County-based 26th District.

There’s some talk that Strickland would take a look at the neighboring 25th District if GOP Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon opts for retirement. One plugged-in GOP source said another person looking at a challenge to Brownley is baseball pitcher Jeff Suppan, who may run if he doesn’t make a Major League roster this season.

Let’s see: Suppan got knocked around for six starts with the Padres last season, knocked around while down in Tucson, and was knocked around in a full season in Omaha in 2011. I’m guessing the 38 year-old is free to run for Congress if he feels like it.


  1. heyblueyoustink - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I wonder if he’ll be a pro-union Republican.

    And what his arm angle during debates would be?

  2. auldworld - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    A Republican running for office in SoCal? He *better* be prepared to get knocked around some more.

    • gregofla - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      That area is a very conservative (read Republican) district.

      • 18thstreet - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        No it isn’t. A very conservative (read: Republican) district would probably elected a very conservative Republican. That’s your first clue that it isn’t.

        But you can delve into the numbers. Charlie Cook found it has a PVI of +2 for the Democrats. If it was a conservative area, David Dreier (who had ascended to be Chair of the powerful Rules Committees) would have been reelected. Instead, he saw the writing on the wall and opted to retire.

        Please don’t make stuff up, whether about baseball clutchiness or anything else. In G-d we trust. All others must bring data.

      • davidpom50 - Mar 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        I live in Thousand Oaks. East Ventura County (Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Simi Valley) are rather conservative, and were represented for years by Elton Gallegly until he retired and the district maps were re-drawn. West County (Oxnard & Ventura) leans more liberal. Ms. Brownley did NOT win her seat easily, even though most moderate conservatives (like myself) can’t stand Strickland and voted across party lines. There’s a large contingent out here of Tea Party type folks.

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Having lived in Thousand Oaks before, I have to disagree with 18thstreet. It is one of the more conservative areas of Southern California, along with Orange County.

  3. 18thstreet - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    José Oquendo should be his campaign manager.

  4. mybrunoblog - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Suppan has made over $58 million playing baseball so I imagine he can finance his own campaign very nicely.
    Wealthy people of both parties have been buying seats in the congress for over a hundred years. Nothing new here…..

    • uwsptke - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Ugh.. and he made nearly 75% of that ($42 mil) off a first-year owner in Milwaukee trying to make a big splash.

    • jm91rs - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      I bet it costs a lot more than that to get into congress.

  5. carbydrash - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Considering the only foray into politics that I’m aware of was making TV ads against a stem cell research initiative during the 2006 election, I certainly hope he does not find his way into Congress.

  6. dsmaxsucks - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Like congress needs another do-nothing overpaid has-been who sticks around too long. Maybe he can earmark back some of that money he stole from Milwaukee.

  7. jm91rs - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    This explains so much about why Washington can’t get anything done….”If I can’t do what I really want to do, I’ll just be a congressman.”

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