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The Buzz: Ron Nehring’s quest for debate with Newsom falters

Newsom ignores Nehring’s

challenge to debate him

Ron Nehring, former head of the California GOP and candidate for lieutenant governor, is resorting to some unorthodox overtures after Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom rebuffed calls to debate.

Nehring, in somewhat tongue-in-cheek remarks Monday, said he’s willing to accept a debate moderated by liberal MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow or Ed Schultz.

Newsom’s campaign is exceedingly unlikely to oblige. Spokesman Sean Clegg said flatly that he doesn’t anticipate the incumbent participating in any debates. In an email, Clegg cited Nehring’s recent salty email to state party leaders in which he bemoaned the disunity among GOP statewide candidates.

“Ron Nehring, who just attacked his own GOP members in a profanity-laced tirade, is out-of-control, reckless, desperate, and we have no intention of promoting him,” Clegg said.

Nehring said he isn’t giving up. Newsom, he said, is “like that kid we all knew in high school who talks a big game at lunch but is afraid of taking exams because he doesn’t go to class, he doesn’t do the homework, he doesn’t know the material and deep down he knows he’s not ready to move up.”

Christopher Cadelago

Worth repeating

“He is not lacking confidence.”

Pete Wilson, former California governor, describing GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari to The Washington Post.