Pombo Seeks a Comeback: Nobody Wants Him

Richard Pombo: apparently not wanted by Republicans, either.

Like an invasive weed that simply won’t go away, former Republican California representative Richard Pombo has announced he is running again for a seat in Congress, only this time he’s going after a seat in a different district. The former Congressman lost his seat to Democratic challenger Jerry McNerney in 2007, after representing California’s 11th Congressional district for 14 years.

Pombo is probably best known for his efforts to gut the Endangered Species Act, his ties to Jack Abramoff, and his penchant for nepotism. Beside the fact that few people in his old district seem to want him back, there’s already opposition to him in the district he’s targeted: the 19th congressional district presently held by Rep. George Radanovich who is retiring to spend time more time with his ailing wife. Hounded by ethics problems already, Pombo doesn’t even have the support of the incumbent, who has thrown his endorsement to state Sen. Jeff Denham.


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