Thursday Mar 06 2008
McClintock commits to 4th District race
By: Gus Thomson, Gold Country News Service
Egland, Oller drop out, endorse state senator in Republican primary
With about 80 supporters applauding many statements in a speech that emphasized fiscal conservatism and individual rights, McClintock committed to run in the June 3 primary. McClintock, a Republican from Thousand Oaks, will be running against former 3rd District congressman Doug Ose, another well-known Republican who is coming from outside the district. With the McClintock announcement, two Republicans who had announced their candidacy earlier dropped out to support him. Roseville military security consultant Eric Egland introduced McClintock with the words I'm proud to say I'm a former candidate. Former state senator Rico Oller of San Andreas had announced his candidacy in January after Doolittle said he would not seek a 10th term in Congress. He wasn't present at the McClintock announcement on the steps of the Placer County Courthouse but his campaign issued a statement shortly afterward saying that he was officially withdrawing from the race and endorsing McClintock. Besides Oller and Egland, McClintock received endorsements and in-person support today from state Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Grass Valley, Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, and Auburn City Councilman Kevin Hanley. McClintock referred to previous elections for statewide office, including governor in 2003, when he polled well in the district as evidence of support for his candidacy. He won more votes in Placer County than Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2003 election for governor. The long-time state senator and assemblyman pointed to the Reagan presidency as a time when energy was high for the Republican vision. Our generation knew a time when it truly was morning again in America, McClintock said. I want our children to know what that feels like. McClintock also took a shot at recent Republican politics in Washington, without naming names. It is true that we had a Republican Congress and a Republican president and they squandered Reagan's legacy, McClintock said. They abandoned our Republican principles. I want to return to them. McClintock and Ose will vie for the Republican nomination and the opportunity to contend for the 4th District seat against Democrat favorite Charlie Brown of Roseville. The retired Air Forcer officer narrowly lost to Doolittle in 2006 and is in the running again. The Ose campaign countered the McClintock announcement with a statement that former state governor Pete Wilson and several members of the California congressional delegation had endorsed him. Doug Ose is an outstanding conservative who has spent his entire life in this region, Wilson said in the statement. Wilson said he and Ose have similar stances on immigration, taxes and rebuilding the economy. Doug Elmets, spokesman for Ose, said the campaign will be emphasizing his good fit for the community. McClintock is trying to take the label of carpet bagger to new lows, Elmets said. This district doesn't need an L.A. politician who needs a GPS system to find the district. During his speech, McClintock emphasized ties with the 4th District, while noting that he still has responsibilities to his state senatorial district in Ventura County. He's being termed out of office at the end of the year. He said he lived three years in Rocklin while working in Roseville and currently lives in Elk Grove. Most voters are more interested in where a candidate stands than where he lives, McClintock said, adding that he planned to move to the district. Ose has said he too would move to the district in time to vote in the June 3 election.