Monday, March 5, 2018 – 11:45 a.m.
A credible source has told me that Assemblyman Marc Steinorth will most likely pull papers today to challenge Supervisor Janice Rutherford. It isn’t a matter of if he will pull, but when.
Political insiders have been buzzing ever since Third District Supervisor James Ramos announced he would seek the 40th Assembly District seat currently held by Steinorth. Immediate speculation suggested Steinorth, severely damaged by his “cap and trade” vote in July, would relinquish the seat and instead battle Rutherford.
From a strictly political calculus, it is a no-brainer for Steinorth. Ramos would have access to unlimited funds and is known to spend whatever it takes to win an election. Additionally, Steinorth recently went through a contentious divorce and would naturally want to be closer to home as he still has one young child in the home. Moreover, the county office pays very well, allows you to sleep in your own bed each night, has a four year term, and frankly has much more impact on the day-to-day lives of voters.