From Jon Fleischman’s FlashReport this morning:
In what might be best describes as an “exploratory effort” at this stage, conservative Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach called me late yesterday to share with me that after discussing it with his family he has decided to explore a run for the 45th Congressional District seat. Specifically Moorlach said that he would be spending the next month out meeting with folks and working to raise funds, with a goal of trying to put over $100,000 into an account. If he can do this, Moorlach says he’s all in. Moorlach. Moorlach’s decision to seek the House seat seems to have ended speculation about what the termed out Supervisor would do at this point — he’d been actively looking at either a run for County Auditor-Controller, or a run for State Assembly (if Assemblyman Allan Mansoor pulls the trigger and announces a bid for Supervisor).
As we reported last week, Moorlach would be one of many expected to have an interest in the retiring John Campbell’s congressional seat. Moorlach is termed out of his Supervisorial position in 2014. He was previously unsuccessful at convincing his Board colleagues to explore extending their the terms of their four-year offices from two to three.
Moorlach does not live in District 45, but that is not a requirement for candidacy.