Patricia McKeon said she got the idea to run for office after being charged 10 cents per grocery bag at the supermarket. “It just made me furious,” she said. (Anne Cusack, Los Angeles Times / March 23, 2012)
By Richard Simon and Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
April 8, 2012
WASHINGTON and LOS ANGELES — It’s not a TV political drama but it could be. Call it “The McKeons.”
It’s set in the sunny, suburban and largely conservative Santa Clarita Valley and stars Republican Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, former co-owner of a chain of western wear stores turned powerful congressional committee chairman. His wife, Patricia, long by his side during campaigns, has launched her own bid for political office at age 69.
Though it’s unusual to have a husband and wife on the same ballot, the race has another odd twist: Patricia McKeon’s chief rival in the June state Assembly primary is a former staffer to her husband, Scott Wilk.
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