In the race political junkies care about most, Democrat John Garamendi and Republican Tom McClintock are running for Lieutenant Governor. We ask both political veterans why they want a job with almost no significant duties. Also, political first aid from the White House for two California Republicans.
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The state legislature drew iron-clad congressional district boundaries to protect the current breakdown of 33 Democrats and 20 Republicans. In the last election, not one seat changed hands. But Republicans Richard Pombo and John Doolittle are in enough trouble this year that the White House has Laura Bush on the way.
Frank Davies, Reporter for the San Jose Mercury News
California's Lieutenant Governor takes over when the Governor dies or leaves office and breaks ties in the Senate. Neither of those things has happened for decades, but two political veterans--Democrat John Garamendi and Republican Tom McClintock--are campaigning hard for the job. Garamendi, state Insurance Commissioner who held the job once before in the early 90's, is a former state senator and Clinton appointee to the Interior Department. He's run for Governor twice in Democratic primaries. McClintock, a State Senator and a 20-year veteran of the legislature, has run twice for state controller and he ran against Arnold Schwarzenegger in the recall election that replaced Gray Davis. We ask them why and how they would matter.