U.S. Rep. David Dreier

Capitol Alert
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January 9, 2012

With less than six months to go until the June primary, viable Republican challengers to Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein aren’t exactly rushing to file nomination papers.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 ranking House Republican, suggested Monday that fellow House Republican David Dreier could be a formidable challenger.

“He’s a good member. He has probably statewide name ID, more so, having served,” the Bakersfield Republican told a group of reporters Monday. “I think he’s very smart, he’s smart on issues. I think he’d be a big contrast.”

Few political insiders believe Dreier, whose own congressional re-election prospects have been complicated by redistricting, actually plans to challenge Feinstein this year. He dramatically scaled back campaign operations and posted anemic fundraising numbers last year. A spokesperson could not be reached for comment on his plans Monday.

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