Judy Chu Throws Her Hat Into the Ring

Yesterday, State Board of Equalization Chair Judy Chu announced that she, too, would seek election to the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Hilda Solis. Solis will be nominated to be Barak Obama’s Labor Secretary.

In recent days, there has been a great deal of speculation about potential candidates for Solis’ congressional seat, as well as the chain of special elections that may follow the election of her successor.

Several observers mention "one of the Calderon brothers" as other potential contenders for the Solis seat. State Senator Gil Cedillo and Assemblyman Ed Hernandez have also been mentioned.  Meanwhile, several observers have also noted that Chu and Romero have run against each other before. Since then, both have raised their profiles considerably.

Congressional seats are particularly attractive to politicians because, unlike state offices, there are not term limits for members of Congress.

If both Romero and Chu run,

If both Romero and Chu run, it'll be a tough call for us here in Rosemead.  Both have been good friends of SOC over the years.

Romero and Chu

Both have been strong for SOC, but I think Romero's office did more for SOC.  (Speaking of - Henry Lo is running for CC.)

The real question is, "who can win?"  There may be a split in the Latino vote if Romero is faced with competition from a Calderon and Cedillo.  R. or C. Calderon probably won't get many votes because they're identified more with Mtb, but Cedillo has a lot of name recognition and a base in East LA.

So, if it's ethnic, it could be Chu getting an Asian plurality while the Latino vote is split.

On the other hand, it could be Chu and Romero who split SGV votes, and Cedillo gets a plurality.

See also: http://calitics.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=7727

If either Chu or Romero win, it'll be good for the SGV.