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Smyth hints at possible Washington aspirations

Posted: September 12, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 12, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Cameron Smyth

 

Former Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, who was termed out of office this year following six years in the California Legislature, said Tuesday it’s no secret he would be interested in a congressional seat but he supports Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon 100 percent.

Smyth, who was honored Saturday night at the Santa Clarita Valley Women and Men of Honor event, told the crowd, “I hope there’s another Capitol a few thousand miles away that you’ll send me to, as well.”

“I don’t think it’s any secret I would give that any consideration,” Smyth said of a congressional seat. “I’ll be looking at my options in the next couple of years, but I support Buck 100 percent and will continue to support him once he decides to step down.”

McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is a 20-year House member who faces a challenge in November from Lee Rogers, a Democratic podiatrist with no political experience.

Smyth said he expects to take a position in the private sector once his legislative duties wind down completely.

Meanwhile, he noted with a hoarse voice, he has some lingering obligations to Sacramento — and he’s coaching his kids’ soccer team.

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