Two-time Democrat Party congressional candidate Charlie Brown takes D.C. Homeland Security post

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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It isn’t the way two-time 4th Congressional District candidate Charlie Brown initially envisioned it. But the Roseville resident is going to work in Washington, D.C. Brown has let supporters know through an e-mail that he has accepted an appointment from the Obama administration. He’ll soon start work in the nation’s capital at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Brown, a retired Air Force lieutenant-colonel, was a strong Democrat standard-bearer in the 2006 and 2008 election. He came from virtual obscurity to narrowly lose to veteran incumbent Rep. John Doolittle in 2006. In 2008, with Doolittle retiring amidst controversy over his connections to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Brown took on Republican Tom McClintock and again lost in a close election. Brown said the new post will mean he and his wife, Jan, will have to relocate. He has worked for the Roseville Police Department and, before that, was with the Air Force for 26 years. Brown won’t be breaking ties with Placer County. “We will be keeping our home in Roseville and expect to be back to the 4th District frequently,” Brown said. And in a message directed at supporters, Brown was effusive in his thanks. “Jan and I will never forget your tireless support, your kind words of encouragement and your generosity of time, resources and spirit these past four years,” Brown said. “Together we have begun to transform the district we are all proud to call home.” The Obama hiring wasn’t being welcomed by Tom Hudson, chairman of the Placer County Republican Central Committee. He referred to Brown’s presence at a rally in 2006 in Sacramento involving those for or against an effigy of a soldier being displayed outside a home. “He’s exactly the type of person the most extremist, leftwing president in our nation’s history would appoint,” Hudson said. “Charlie Brown is someone who shows up in a military uniform at an event where American soldiers are hung in effigy.” Brown’s response in the past to that criticism is that he wasn’t wearing a uniform and that he wasn’t a part of either side of the demonstration that day. He couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday after the written announcemen was issued. Todd Stenhouse, Brown’s spokesman in both campaigns, said the new post is a logical fit for Brown and his extensive and unique experience in areas like military intelligence. “I think he was born to serve and I know of no better fit for Charlie to continue a lifetime of service for the security needs of the United States,” Stenhouse said.