State Senator Bob Dutton left. Congressman Gary Miller right.

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/10/2012 04:49:51 PM PDT

In another sign that California’s new elections rules may actually be changing politics, Republican congressional candidate Bob Dutton has made overtures to inland Democratic clubs as Election Day approaches.

Representatives from two Democratic groups confirmed they have received speaking requests from the Dutton campaign, but as of Wednesday, the candidate has yet to score a keynote speaker’s engagement at any of the Democratic groups his campaign has approached. Dutton is running in the 31st Congressional District.

A Dutton campaign consultant, however, said the candidate is still interested in reaching out to Democratic voters and has been previously willing to work with legislators from the other party.

“I don’t think there’s anything strange for Bob to be working with Democrats,” consultant Chris Orrock said.

There’s more: The campaign manager for Rep. Gary Miller, Dutton’s Republican opponent, said Miller has not yet made similar moves toward Democratic voters but has not ruled out that possibility.

“We’re keeping all options open,” Miller campaign manager Chris Marsh said.

Original Rialto Democratic Club vice president Lillie Houston said the group may be willing to listen to a Republican candidate before the Nov. 6 election, but would not offer formal support.

“We are not advising or endorsing any of them,” she said.

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