The Crow's Nest

The Crow's Nest

Whither Jeff Gorrell?

By The Spotter 01/03/2013

The recently re-elected Republican Assemblyman from Ventura County faces an interesting political future. But first, the background. Jeff Gorell built a terrific pedigree over the past two decades with experience in small business, public administration and the district attorney’s office. Along the way, he turned in two active military duty tours in combat zones as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve. With a great family, great smile and solid résumé, he easily won election to the assembly in 2010. And even after the new boundaries tilted his district toward heavily Democratic Oxnard, the Republican won re-election last November.

But what’s up for 2014? The choices?

- Try to knock off first-term Congresswoman Julia Brownley?
- Run for a statewide office?
- Run for re-election?
- Step down or move to another part of the state friendlier to Republicans?

Gorell is a savvy politician. He will read the poll numbers. And Democrats like him. He recently wrote a piece for the Sacramento Bee urging a new and more realistic immigration policy for the U.S. He has taken on an important leadership role in the Assembly’s finance committee. And this past summer he inaugurated the Gold Team with Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. The Gold Team’s sole purpose is to grow jobs in California, particularly on the Gold Coast.

Gorell understands one thing that many of his GOP colleagues don’t: You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. He reaches across the aisle. He understands the public is tired of the entrenched partisan nonsense.

The Spotter’s view is that if current California Attorney General Kamala Harris is tapped by President Barack Obama for an administration position and the state AG job is open, Gorell will make a move in 2014.


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