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The 11 year Hermosa resident sees his candidacy as an extension of that service, and points out that the oath of office for a member of Congress is the same one he took when he joined the military.
been channeled into a mail and media blitz, political insiders don't expect Huey to win the 36th.
candidate who could challenge California Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, the Democratic favorites. Gin's clout, however, has been diluted by the large field of Republicans in the race.
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He lists bringing tax dollars back to the district to reinvest in aerospace and defense industries as one of his chief reasons for running.
"He's running like this is a hard core Republican district, which it's not," said former Republican strategist Allan Hoffenblum, now a co editor of the nonpartisan elections guide, the California Target Book.
"I doubt any of them believe they can win this thing in a runoff with an established candidate," Hoffenblum said of the GOP field.
Gin married his spouse, animator Christopher Kreidel, before the passage of Proposition 8, the law that ended same sex marriage rights in the state.
He also has argued for repealing AB 32, California's landmark 2006 global warming law.
Huey, 60, disagreed, saying he got into the race to take on career politicians and has put up his own money to "do what's necessary" to win.
Among Republicans running in the 16 candidate special election Tuesday, three are established elected officials serving in the heart of the South Bay's 36th Congressional District: Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin, Hermosa Beach City Councilman Kit Bobko and Redondo Beach City Attorney Mike Webb.
And one Craig Huey, the owner of an advertising agency in Torrance has long been involved in grass roots politics. Huey leads the entire field in fundraising with a war chest of more than $515,000, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. But most of that $500,000 came from Huey's personal loan to his campaign.
A conciliator, Gin also wants to help restore a spirit of cooperation in Washington.
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If Huey has a foil in the Republican field, it would be Gin.
"I fully expect to be in the runoff," said the resident of Rolling Hills Estates, which is outside the district. Those seeking congressional office are not required to live in the district.
Among his moderate views is a desire to "improve" rather than repeal controversial health care legislation.
"I think many in our district are looking for a pragmatic . type of representative that is (outside) party politics."
Most of the candidates, Hoffenblum guessed, may be trying to gain name recognition to position themselves for a run again in 2012, after the district has been reconfigured to possibly include the Republican majority Palos Verdes Peninsula.
"We've got to be able to drill and have energy independence," Huey said.
Huey, a publisher of online voting guides geared toward helping fellow evangelicals identify suitable candidates, believes his message of reining in spending, extending the Bush era tax cuts and taking socially conservative stances resonates with voters.
"This district has, I believe, a lot of angry voters who are very upset," Huey said. "They see rising prices. They see rising unemployment. They see the historic budget deficit.
With just two candidates sharing the spotlight, the almost 18 percentage point advantage Democrats hold over Republicans in the Venice to San Pedro district would become more pronounced.
"And they see that Washington is out of control with spending."
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"I have been a lifelong Republican, but I consider myself to be an independent Republican," Gin said.
Under the rules of the new, so called jungle primary, if no candidate wins a majority on Tuesday, then the top two, regardless of party, go on to a July 12 runoff.
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To help fix that, Huey supports a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget.
Gin, 48, is serving his second term as Redondo Beach mayor and has been in city government since 1995. A former computer engineer in the aerospace industry, he has taken a leave of absence as a field deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe to run for Congress.
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