Breitbart News launches a California push

breitbart-california-logo.jpgThe Breitbart News Network, the family of conservative media sites spawned by the late Andrew Breitbart, today unveiled Breitbart California to help try to reclaim the state for Republicans. Breitbart News senior editor-at-large Joel Pollak will be the editor. Jon Fleischman, founder of the politics blog the Flash Report, will be politics editor. Fleischman will keep doing the Flash Report as well. Breitbart CA will collaborate with the Claremont Institute and Pacific Research Institute, says the announcement story:

“For years, California has been written off by conservatives as too far past the point of return, but the truth is every single day there are stories worth telling about the successes of the conservative movement in California and the failures of the left-wing establishment,” said Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon. “Breitbart California is about telling not just those stories but showcasing the impact and influence the Golden State has in our culture, technology, and economy. From the growing libertarian movement at the heart of Silicon Valley to a Republican win at City Hall in San Diego, there is a fundamental shift taking shape and Breitbart News will be here to chronicle it.”

Some of California’s most prominent political and cultural voices are providing content for the Breitbart California launch, including:

House Republican WHIP and Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield)
Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove)
Former CAGOP Chairman and Lt. Governor candidate Ron Nehring
GOP Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari
Former State Legislator and Congressional Candidate Tony Strickland
Claremont Institute President Brian Kennedy
Former Reagan Administration Economist Art Laffer
Pacific Research Institute Senior Business & Economics Fellow Wayne Winegarden
Longtime Conservative Talk Radio Host Roger Hedgecock
KPRL Conservative Talk Radio Host Dan Del Campo
Fox News Host Greg Gutfield
Former State Legislator Chuck DeVore
Actor Orson Bean

“Andrew Breitbart and I grew up in Los Angeles, and even as kids, were proud Angelinos and Californians,” said Breitbart News President and CEO Larry Solov. “The well-being of this state, not to mention the Dodgers, was always near and dear to our hearts. As adults, we would often lament to each other, ‘How do you screw up the greatest place on earth?’ We'll be examining that question and many others at Breitbart California, while never losing optimism that this state can still be a beacon and exemplar of freedom and prosperity. It’s with that optimism that we launch this new vertical from Los Angeles, where we founded Breitbart News.”

Bean was Breitbart's father-in-law. Breitbart died suddenly in 2012 at age 43, of heart disease and hardening of the arteries, the LA County coroner concluded.

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