IE Business Daily

Political Whispers
By IE Business Daily
November 16, 2013

The abrupt resignation of State Senator Bill Emmerson (R-23) has created more electoral confusion in the Inland Empire. Less than a year into his four-year term, his announced departure also raises questions as to why he truly resigned. “Losing passion for the job” just doesn’t pass the smell test. We are certain that more information will “come out” per se as it always does in Sacramento.

Whatever the real reason for Emmerson’s departure, he has created a mess for his former constituents.

The vacancy creates another special election fiasco for voters with the Senate election likely to occur in March and a runoff in June. Assemblyman Mike Morrell (R-40) has already announced his candidacy. Other potential candidates include San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos (D), Yucaipa Water Board Member Lonnie Granlund (R), former Beaumont Mayor Jan Leja (R), and some lesser known potential candidates.

Morrell clearly holds a strong advantage with nearly $250,000 in campaign funds on hand. Word on the street is that Emerson is openly supporting Granlund, who is also the divorced wife of former Assemblyman and lobbyist Brett Granlund. Leja has significant ties to Riverside County that could make her a viable candidate if she can raise the money necessary to run a campaign.

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