Doolittle announces new group: ‘Democrats for Doolittle’
WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrat Charlie Brown has been touting a “Republicans for Brown” group in his campaign against Rep. John Doolittle, R-Rocklin.
On Tuesday, the incumbent answered with his own group – “Democrats for Doolittle.”
The group is being chaired by Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner and Placer County Supervisor Bill Santucci, according to Doolittle’s campaign. So far there aren’t other members, but Doolittle spokesman Richard Robinson said there are “thousands of conservative Democrats supporting the congressman.”
“Their support is further evidence that Charlie Brown’s liberal agenda is not resonating with the voters of this district,” Doolittle said in a statement.
Doolittle has sought to portray Brown as someone who would raise taxes, support the American Civil Liberties Union and grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.
Neither Bonner nor Santucci immediately returned messages seeking comment.
Brown’s spokesman, Todd Stenhouse, dismissed the new group.
“The truth is that Charlie Brown is the only candidate in this race who’s standing up and fighting for a smart national security strategy. He’s the only candidate in this race who insists that elected leaders should reflect the highest moral standard of conduct,” Stenhouse said. “And he’s the only candidate in this race who stands by the conservative value of balanced budgets.”
Brown’s race against Doolittle, a conservative eight-term incumbent, has grown more competitive than expected in the heavily Republican, Northern California district. Brown has focused on Doolittle’s ties to disgraced GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff.