Andy Pugno Raising Money for Campaign he Pledged Not to Run
Andy Pugno is raising money for an Assembly campaign he once vowed not to run - and now is undecided about. Pugno's name will appear on the November ballot for a 6th Assembly District seat, based in Placer County, but he has not yet announced whether he will honor a pledge made months ago to step aside if Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, a fellow Republican from Rocklin, beat him in the primary.
In a fundraising solicitation after last month's voting, Pugno celebrated his razor-thin second-place finish to Gaines and said that "we refuse to surrender to the liberal agenda of forcing conservatives to abandon our core values!" He also asked for contributions to "help support this important effort."
"Now we have to start thinking about the November runoff election," Pugno's solicitation said. "No doubt, the ultra-liberal special interests will come out again in force. Will regular people like you who stood with me in the primary election continue to stand strong and help us finish the job?"
Asked if the solicitation represents a commitment to battle Gaines, Pugno characterized it as exploratory. If the Folsom attorney folds his tent, contributions can be used to help defray primary campaign debt. Campaign committees are due to report post-primary finances on July 31.
"I'm exploring the options and ...