McClintock expected to enter the race today |

McClintock expected to enter the race today

State Sen. Tom McClintock of Southern California will announce Tuesday whether he’s seeking the Republican nomination for John Doolittle’s congressional seat, ending weeks of speculation.

McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, is set to announce his intentions at 10 a.m. on the steps of the historic Placer County Courthouse in downtown Auburn.

Republican Party activists aggressively have courted the well-known conservative state senator to seek the seat Doolittle is vacating.

The 4th Congressional District has long been recognized as a Republican stronghold, but Rep. Doolittle, R-Roseville, appeared to be losing his grip on the district in 2006 when he lost Nevada County to Democrat Charlie Brown. Despite the cloud of a corruption investigation that still has led to no charges, Doolittle ended up winning the district by about 9,000 votes.

Former Rep. Doug Ose, former state Sen. Rico Oller, and local businessman Theodore Terbolizard all have announced their intentions to seek the Republican nomination. Brown is seeking the Democratic nomination.

Earlier this year, Doolittle announced he wouldn’t seek re-election as the U.S. Justice Department continues to investigate his involvement with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The old courthouse is at 101 Maple St.


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