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By Torey Van Oot
November 28, 2012

A conservative state legislator who is a former member of the anti-illegal immigration Minuteman Project is considering a run for California governor.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, shared his plans to open an exploratory committee for a 2014 run in an interview with PolitiChicks.tv, a web video posted to a conservative website.

Donnelly, whose conservative stances and sometimes combative tactics have made him a lightening rod for controversy in the state Legislature, said he decided to consider a run “because there’s just, there’s nobody out there fighting for us.”

“I believe that we as Californians can do heck of a lot better than Jerry Brown or anyone who wants to step into his footsteps, I don’t care whether its Kamala Harris or Tony Villaraigosa or Gavin Newsom,” he said of the possible Democratic contenders in 2014. “They’re all going to push for the same ideas and I think California can do a lot better.’

Donnelly, who was first elected to the Assembly in 2010, attempted to qualify a statewide referendum of a law that allows some undocumented immigrants to attend colleges at lower in-state rates, but failed to collect enough voter signatures to get the measure on the ballot.

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