U.S. Rep. Gary Miller (R-Brea)

By Frank C. Girardot, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/13/2012 09:16:01 PM PST

Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, is moving on.

The longtime congressman has spent 13 years on Capitol Hill representing his hometown of Diamond Bar. And, those who live there know, Gary’s a fixture around town when he’s not in Washington.

In large part the state’s redistricting committee left Miller without a home. If he stayed in Diamond Bar, he’d have to go head-to-head with fellow incumbent Ed Royce, R-Orange. If he moved slightly east, he’d have to take on the dean of California Congressional Republicans, Jerry Lewis, R-Rancho Cucamonga – and possibly – Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, in a GOP Battle Royale.

But then Dreier’s name started popping up as a possible Republican candidate for Senate in a race against Dianne Feinstein. And suddenly this past week, Lewis announced his plans to retire.

So Miller has announced he will run for office in Lewis’s soon to be former district.

Political analyst Scott Lay has this to say about the race in the 31st Congressional District, which stretches between the 10 and 210 freeways between Montclair and Redlands:

“As of now, it appears that Miller will need to run against State Sen. Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) who lives in and currently represents most of this district in the Senate, and can rightfully label Miller as a carpetbagger,” Lay wrote Friday.

“Miller, however, has a huge financial advantage, and Dutton will have to cobble together enough funds to get the message out, but should do well with local fundraising and endorsements.”

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