McClintock to run for Congress; Oller drops out of race
AUBURN – Southern California state Sen. Tom McClintock stood on the steps of the Placer County Courthouse on Tuesday and said he would run for Northern California’s 4th District seat in Congress – prompting a flurry of GOP activity.
Former State Sen. Thomas “Rico” Oller withdrew from the race, and opposing Republican candidate Doug Ose said he has been endorsed by former Gov. Pete Wilson. The seat now is held by Republican Rep. John Doolittle, who is not seeking another term.
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 Air Force lieutenant colonel who lives in Roseville, where his children attended school.
“I’ll put my 35 years of battle-tested leadership up against a group of carpetbagging career politicians any day,” said Brown, who came close to defeating Doolittle in 2006 and never stopped campaigning. No other Democrat has filed to run.
McClintock also faces Cedar Ridge businessman and musician Theodore “Ted” Terbolizard, who appeals to Republicans with a Libertarian bent.
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.”