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Jon Fleischman

*Breaking* U.S. Rep. Wally Herger To Retire; Endorsing Doug LaMalfa for Congress

U.S. Rep. Wally Herger

We have confirmed that tomorrow 13-term Republican Congressman Wally Herger will announce that he is retiring from the United States House of Representatives at the end of his current term.  Herger, who was elected to Congress back during the Reagan years after serving for a brief time in the State Assembly has served California’s North State as a reliably conservative representative.

Herger’s retirement sets the table for a run for Congress by popular rice-farmer and State Senator (and FlashReport blogger) Doug LaMalfa.  LaMalfa has represents most of newly created “safe” GOP North State seat.

Sen. Doug La Malfa

“Senator LaMalfa is running for Congress, and will do so with the endorsement of Congressman Herger,” GOP consultant Dave Gilliard confirmed for me by phone tonight.  Gilliard, who is close with Herger and has been his political consultant for many years, will be running the campaign of La Malfa.

LaMalfa will start out as a strong front runner for this seat, though given that House seats typically come open once a generation, you can be sure that others will look at the race.  Should LaMalfa win the seat, that would touch off a special election for his State Senate seat, which could set up a show-down between Assemblymen Jim Nielsen and Dan Logue.

3 Responses to “*Breaking* U.S. Rep. Wally Herger To Retire; Endorsing Doug LaMalfa for Congress”

  1. Report: Congressman Wally Herger to Announce Retirement | The American Pundit Says:

    […] Wally Herger (R-CA), who has represented the 2nd district since 1987, will reportedly announce his retirement tomorrow. He will serve out the remainder of his term but won’t seek […]

  2. David Kerr Says:

    The timing leaves hardly any time for the democrats to find an electable candidate. Reed is too old, never won a race and has no experience.

    The same is playing out in AZ where Rep. Giffords is not revealing her intentions. What should be a Republican seat will probably go to her husband, because they are using the timing to their advantage.

  3. California Rep. Herger to retire (Politico) | Breaking News Today Says:

    […] — will also endorse state Sen. Doug LaMalfa for his seat, the Redding Record Searchlight and the Flash Report blog reported late […]