While former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina dances the will-she or won't-she waltz toward a possible 2010 challenge to Democratic U.S. Sen Barbara Boxer, fellow Republican Chuck DeVore is wasting little time to jump into the fray.
Besides slicing and dicing Boxer during a red-meat speech to the California Republican Party convention last weekend, the assemblyman from Irvine let it be known that he will push a plan to get dollars flowing into California's coffers without soaking average state taxpayers.
His plan: Drill, baby, drill.
DeVore says there are 9 billion barrels of oil waiting to be had beneath California's coastal waters. He calls for an aggressive off-shore oil exploitation program, using slant drilling technology. He says tax revenues produced by increased oil operations may well grease the way to balanced state budgets.
"Those are state waters," he says. "That's our oil."