McClintock in the race; Oller quits; Brown defiant
Senior Staff Writer
State Sen. Tom McClintock stood on the steps of the Placer County Courthouse this morning and said he would run for the 4th District seat in Congress ” prompting a flurry of GOP activity within hours of the expected move.
Former State Sen. Thomas “Rico” Oller said he was withdrawing from the race, and opposing Republican candidate Doug Ose said he has been endorsed by former Gov. Pete Wilson for the district.
McClintock, of Thousand Oaks, and Ose, of the Sacramento area, both live outside the district. State law only requires a candidate to reside in California ” sparking a reaction from Democrat Charlie Brown, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel who lives in Roseville, where his childen attended school.
“I’ll put my 35 years of battle-tested leadership up against a group of carpetbagging career politicians any day,” Brown said, who came close to defeating Doolittle in 2006 and never stopped campaigning. No other Democrat has filed to run.
McClintock’s announcement for California’s 4th District also pits him against Cedar Ridge businessman and musician Theodore “Ted” Terbolizard, who appeals to Republicans with a Libertarian bent.
The race for the Republican nomination is shaping up as a fight between conservatives, who are backing McClintock, and moderates, who support Ose.
“It’s true that a Republican Congress and the president abandoned the conservative Republican principals,” McClintock said in Auburn.
Oller said he was withdrawing because his candidacy could split the conservative vote and throw the election to “an unarguably liberal Republican, Doug Ose. I find that prospect repugnant to all in which I believe.”
Wilson said he was backing Ose because he agreed with his stances on tough immigration laws, accountable government and using tax cuts to protect jobs.
The winner of the GOP June primary will square off against Brown, who carried Nevada County in 2006. He recently joked that Republicans were scouring the state to find a candidate they think could beat him.
The candidacy of the well-known McClintock for a district that has been a Republican stronghold is “a desperate attempt to hold onto partisan political power,” Brown added today.
Nevada County Supervisor Sue Horne endorsed McClintock last week, despite no official announcement.
Horne is running for the 3rd District State Assembly nomination from the GOP against Yuba County Supervisor Dan Logue.
Even before McClintock’s announcement in Auburn, his Web site leaked the news that pundits had been expecting for at least two weeks.
A “Tom McClintock for Congress ” Vote June 3″ Web site went live earlier this morning, but this time confirming the poorly kept secret from McClintock’s own camp.
The site, http://www.tommcclintock.com, previously was the site for McClintock’s exploratory campaign.
The site includes discussion about the issues and sales of “McClintock for Congress” T-shirts.
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