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Run, Tim! Run!

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Tim Donnelly may save us.

By us, I don't necessarily mean California. But that slice of California known as the media.

The Republican state legislator has declared that he is considering a run for governor in 2014. He has no chance of winning -- Donnelly is a former Minuteman who is best known for trying to carry a gun on board a plane -- but he could spice up what is shaping up as a deadly dull election.

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to run for re-election, and right now he looks like a shoo-in. Democrats seem unlikely to challenge him, and the Republican Party, in disarray, may not have a serious candidate.

But it will have Donnelly.

That's not good for Republicans -- he reinforces stereotypes about Republicans as reckless, anti-immigrant gun nuts -- but Donnelly is incapable of being boring. He'll create stories and a debate.

So let me say, on behalf of the state's journalists, don't think about it too long, Assemblyman. Run, Tim! Run!

Lead Prop Zero blogger Joe Mathews is California editor at Zocalo Public Square, a fellow at Arizona State University’s Center for Social Cohesion, and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It (University of California, 2010).

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