Change the rules and you will change election outcomes. In 2012, California’s senior congressman, Rep. Pete Stark (D-Fremont), was challenged by another Democrat. He won more votes in the primary election, but it did not matter because he faced a fellow Democrat in the “top two” runoff that fall. And in November he lost. Now it is GOP Congressman Tom McClintock’s turn to face, not a Democrat in his re-election, but a fellow Republican.
On March 7, the last day to file, Republican Art Moore, 35, a native of Auburn in Placer County and a graduate of West Point, filed to run against McClintock. He has spent 14 years in the military, most recently with a light infantry battalion in the Sinai Desert, and is currently a businessman in Roseville. Veteran campaign consultant Rob Stutzman is running his campaign.