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Wilk ‘releases’ Strickland from endorsement

‘I don’t want to impede his journey to Congress,’ Assembly hopeful says

Posted: January 23, 2012 5:35 p.m.
Updated: January 23, 2012 5:35 p.m.

On the heels of his announcement to run for Congress, state Sen. Tony Strickland is no longer endorsing Scott Wilk in his bid for the state's 38th Assembly District seat, Wilk confirmed Monday.

"Tony Strickland gave me the option of releasing him from his endorsement," Wilk said. "He told me I could keep the endorsement but gave me the option of releasing him ... and I'm going to release him."

Strickland, who announced his candidacy in the 26th Congressional District election last week, would not comment on the endorsement issue.

"Senator Strickland doesn't have a comment about that at this time," said his spokeswoman, Sarah Walsh, when asked if he still endorses Wilk.

Wilk said his longtime friend faces a difficult challenge ahead, and he does not want to "impede" Strickland's campaign by tying him to an endorsement made prior to his decision to run for Congress.

"Tony Strickland will make an excellent congressman," Wilk said. "I know it's been a lifelong goal of his.
"I don't want to impede his journey to Congress."

Three people so far have formally announced their candidacies for Assembly in the November election. Wilk has not done so formally, though he has said he is seeking the office.

Contenders already in the running include: local Republican Patricia McKeon, wife of Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R.-Santa Clarita; Democrat Edward Headington; and Republican Paul Strickland, no relation to the senator.

"My campaign is not made or broken based on Tony Strickland's involvement," Wilk, a College of the Canyons trustee, said Monday. "I am reliant on myself. I enjoy a wide range of support."

A Strickland endorsement of Wilk remained on Wilk's campaign website on Monday evening.




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