Former Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado has dropped out of the 2014 race for California Governor.
Maldonado made his announcement in his home town of Santa Maria, saying "I have concluded that now, is not my time." With Maldonado out... the only official GOP candidate in the contest is Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks.
After leaving Washington nearly three years ago, former 19th District Congressman George Radanovich may be jumping head first back into politics.
Radanovich is exploring a possible run for Governor of California. Today (9/26) he sent out an email to friends, supporters, and possible financial backers explaining his reasons for considering a campaign for the top job in the Golden State.
Radanovich wrote, "I am worried about the future of California and our nation and I am prepared to do something about it."
He plans to travel the state and discuss his strategy to "Restore California" and gauge the support he would receive for a candidacy and his plan based on his recent book, "The New World Order is the Old World Order."
In a previous blog, I wrote about the book which details what Radanovich describes as the four institutions of society: family, business, religion and government.
Radanovich believes by focusing on strengthening these four institutions... especially family and the issue of fatherless children... the problems plaguing California can be fixed.
Radanovich initiated a pilot project in Fresno called "Restore Fresno" which relies on private funds to help support local families.
The program is still in its infancy, but if he runs and gets elected, Radanovich wants to take this program statewide.
The Republican wrote to his supporters "Restore California places the private sector ahead of California government and parents ahead of the village. In so doing, the cost of education will drop because more and more California children will enter school from a good foundation of parental support and ready to learn. The cost of fighting crime and housing criminals will decrease because more and more California children will enter society from this same foundation. I believe that we can reduce the need for the California welfare state, shrink bloated state budgets and reduce high taxes by reducing the ranks of the fatherless child in every community in California."
Since leaving Congress after sixteen years in office, Radanovich, a widower, has been raising his teenage son, restoring his Mariposa vineyard, writing about politics and policy, and consulting.
If he runs, Radanovich would be the third Republican to seek the Governor's office.
Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, is expected to seek another term, but he has yet to declare his intention to run again.
Here is the full email sent by George Radanovich to supporters:
I am worried about the future of California and our nation and I am prepared to do something about it.
With over 20 years in public service, including sixteen years as the United States Representative from California's 19th Congressional District, I have concluded that government alone does not have the capacity to solve the immense and enormous challenges we face in California. I believe that the institutions of the private sector, though weakened by eighty years of progressivism, can fuel the rebuilding or our faltering state and nation.
With this in mind, I created the The Four Institutions, Inc., a 501(c) (3) foundation. Among the four institutions that form the basis of any society- family, business, religion and government -the family is the weakest and can only be strengthened and rebuilt by addressing the issue of fatherless children in America.
Since retiring from Congress I have developed a pilot project in Fresno, California called Restore Fresno, which is based on a successful and unique private sector initiative in Chattanooga, Tennessee called First Things First. This program reduced fatherlessness, unwed pregnancy and divorce each by thirty percent in ten years not by passing laws, but by persuasion; not with tax dollars, but with private investment; not by reinventing the wheel, but by providing direction and resources to the private sector (business, the religious community, non-profits, etc.). Restore Fresno seeks these same results.
Once established in Fresno, my goal is to implement this program in every county in California and, eventually, every community in the nation. I believe that by making fatherlessness the most important cultural issue in America and establishing these private sector initiatives in every community in the United States there will be less need for public programs and more support to reduce government.
Armed with information on the cost to government of fatherlessness, unwed pregnancy and divorce, and lost productivity in the economy caused by these social pathologies, I will challenge legislators in Sacramento to reassess the role of government and develop balanced budget proposals based on the success of the statewide version of Restore Fresno, called Restore California.
Restore California places the private sector ahead of California government and parents ahead of the village. In so doing, the cost of education will drop because more and more California children will enter school from a good foundation of parental support and ready to learn. The cost of fighting crime and housing criminals will decrease because more and more California children will enter society from this same foundation. I believe that we can reduce the need for the California welfare state, shrink bloated state budgets and reduce high taxes by reducing the ranks of the fatherless child in every community in California.
A program of rebuilding the private sector and then cutting government represents a radical departure from business as usual in Sacramento. But I believe Californians are ready for change and the time is ripe for a new approach. That is why I am considering entering the race for governor of California. Exploring the privilege to serve as California's governor will give me the opportunity to visit community leaders throughout the state and discuss the details of Restore California.
For more information, I have included links to Restore Fresno and Restore California on my website thefourinstitutions.com. I look forward to meeting with you soon to discuss this initiative.
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