MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Pat Maciariello — January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! 2014 is here and we already have a major change in the campaign to replace U.S. Rep. John Campbell 45th Congressional District seat. Pat Maciariello has dropped out of the race. I have had several opportunities to talk with Pat in the past few months and I found him to be an excellent applicant for the position. He has the right skill sets and motivations to serve our country. I called him shortly after his announcement and expressed my disappointment that he was dropping out, because I looked forward to fun and healthy debates on the campaign trail with him, but understood his reasoning. I wish him all the best in whatever political office he may pursue in the future. Martin Wisckol of the OC Register covers the story below.

Republican candidate drops congressional campaign

Maciariello says lack of money forced his decision to leave the race to replace Rep. John Campbell.

Investor Pat Maciariello, who’d gone from political novice to possible contender in the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. John Campbell, R-Irvine, announced he had terminated his campaign in a Facebook post late Monday.

While the Laguna Hills Republican raised $227,000 and added $200,000 of his own money within a month of his Sept. 5 entry into the race, Maciariello told the Register on Tuesday that subsequent fundraising had failed to meet his targets. He declined to discuss specific goals, but he had earlier said he needed to raise more than $1 million to have a chance.

“I knew it would be challenging, but I thought I could raise more money,” Maciariello said Tuesday. “Fundraising was the only factor” in the decision to drop out.

Maciariello’s announcement leaves a field of three Republicans – with no Democrats so far – in the heavily GOP district. Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach and state Sen. Mimi Walters, R-Irvine, have extensive campaign experience, while retired Marine Col. Greg Raths is making his first bid for elected office.

Besides Maciariello’s fast start in fundraising, the 39-year-old attracted attention by having some highprofile donors – including Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and developer Paul Makarechian – and for being put “On the Radar,” along with Walters, by the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee’s Young Guns program.

Maciariello differentiated himself from Moorlach and Walters not by policy, but by trumpeting his experience in the business world as enabling him to better understand fiscal issues outside the political realm.

He also was unafraid to take early shots at the other candidates.

Maciariello said he was not forced out of the race by insiders.

“As a first-time candidate, you’re constantly pressured to get out of the race, but that wasn’t a factor,” he said. “I’m disappointed I didn’t run a better campaign.”

Maciariello said he had no plans to endorse any of the other candidates or to run for another office.