The Buzz: Tim Donnelly ponders the governor's office

tvanoot@sacbee.comNovember 29, 2012 

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GOP Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks may run for governor, he says, because "there's nobody out there fighting for us."

PAUL KITAGAKI JR. — Bee file, 2012

Controversial Republican legislator weighs bid for governor in 2014

A state legislator who is a former member of the anti-illegal immigration Minuteman Project is considering a run for California governor.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, shared his plans to open an exploratory committee for 2014 in a Web video interview with PolitiChicks.tv.

Donnelly, whose conservative stances and sometimes combative tactics have made him a lightening rod for controversy in the state Legislature, said he decided to consider a run "because there's just, there's nobody out there fighting for us."

"I believe that we as Californians can do heck of a lot better than Jerry Brown or anyone who wants to step into his footsteps, I don't care whether it's Kamala Harris or Tony Villaraigosa or Gavin Newsom," Donnelly said. "They're all going to push for the same ideas, and I think California can do a lot better."

Donnelly was detained at Ontario Airport in January for having a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag. He said he forgot the gun was in his bag and pleaded no contest.

Brown political adviser Steven Glazer seemed to dismiss Donnelly with a tweet: "@SutterBrown now woofing that he can run @JerryBrownGov re-elect campaign. Given the news, I think he's right."

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