Wife of congressman runs for Calif. Assembly seat

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Associated Press

Posted on April 9, 2012 at 7:01 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tense political drama is unfolding in the Santa Clarita Valley, where the 69-year-old wife of Republican Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon has decided to seek political office herself. Her main rival in the June state Assembly primary is a former staffer to her husband.

Patricia McKeon and 53-year-old Scott Wilk are facing off for a seat in the reliably Republican 38th District. Also running are Paul Strickland, on the GOP side, and Democrat Edward Headington.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/HVuOrU ) reports Sunday the race is becoming a Republican family feud.

A website mocking Patricia McKeon's lack of government experience has been shut down, but it remains a campaign issue. Wilk has denied accusations he was behind the site.

Meanwhile Wilk's wife, Vanessa, dashed off an email accusing Rep. McKeon of slandering and attacking her husband.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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