"That's not going to get them very far. It's inconceivable to me that California voters are going to blame either party for the drought," said Mr. Sragow, a Los Angeles-based lawyer. "If we're talking about rank-and-file Californians, they know there's a drought. They know that everybody's going to have to deal with the drought. They're not angry, they understand this is a result of acts of nature. And the one thing they want is political leadership to tackle the drought, and they're getting that from our governor now."
But while their bank accounts free them from the arduous task of dialing for dollars, voters are often skeptical of self-made political newcomers, said Darry Sragow, who managed Democrat Al Checchi's unsuccessful primary campaign for California governor in 1998.