ventura county star talks obama, 2010 with steve westly

O  On Obama’s radar

During the recent state Democratic Party convention, I had the chance to sit down and talk politics with former Controller and gubernatorial candidate Steve Westly.

As the co-chair of President Obama’s California campaign last fall, one of the president’s earliest supporters in the Democratic primary and a leading campaign fundraiser, Westly is probably as close to Obama’s political team as any California politician.

So I found it noteworthy when Westly asserted that the Obama camp has an intense interest in California’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign. The reason? With the national Republican Party in disarray and lacking any potential 2012 presidential candidates who would appear at this time to be formidable challengers, there is a concern that the 2010 campaign in California could produce one.

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