After the 2012 Republican disaster it became apparent to many GOP officeholders that they had to adapt to the new demographic realities of California or join their many former colleagues as ex-officeholders. Three legislators are leading the way towards a Republican Party that can still be relevant.
Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo), Sen. Anthony Canella (R-Ceres) and Sen. Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) all hold “borrowed districts”; that is seats that are mostly Democratic. President Obama carried all their districts in both 2008 and 2012, as did Gov. Brown in 2010, and each won with less than 55 percent in their most recent elections.