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McClintock to carry GOP flag

Democrat Brown cruises toward November showdown
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Early returns staked state Sen. Tom McClintock to a wide vote advantage over former congressman Doug Ose in the primary for 4th District Republican congressional nominee. The excited buzz at the Ose election night party at a Loomis restaurant was curtailed when the first results appeared on the TV screen, showing McClintock polling 52 percent of the vote to his nearest opponent’s 40 percent. McClintock found strong support from the Placer County Republican Party early on. The organization held an election night event in Roseville that he spoke at shortly after 10 p.m., with triumph in his voice and more than half the votes counted. “It looks like we’re heading toward a monumental victory” said McClintock, who represents the Thousand Oaks area in the Senate but lives in Elk Grove. “It’s not just a victory for this campaign but a victory for everyone who believes government is too big and costs too much.” Ose also entered the election as an out-of-district candidate. He lives in Sacramento and represented the 3rd District for three terms. “I’ve been working my tail off and I’m going to watch the screen,” Ose said, minutes after the first returns from absentee ballots were made public. “I’m either going to be a winner or I’m going back to work tomorrow in the real estate business. I’ve done everything I could. If I win, my campaign starts tomorrow.” Waiting for a Republican winner to take on, retired Air Force officer Charlie Brown of Roseville was easily outpolling his little-known opponent from Foresthill, Wolf Wolfgram, for the Democratic Party nomination. Brown narrowly lost to current 4th District Rep. John Doolittle, R-Roseville, in the November 2006 election and has been campaigning steadily since then. Doolittle, besieged by questions about his ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff but denying he’s done anything wrong, announced earlier this year that he would not seek another term. Brown was garnering about 90 percent of the Democratic Party vote. “We’re just going to keep forward doing the right things for the district,” Brown said. “Partisanship has no place in doing the right things.” Brown said he had no preference for Republican opponent in the Nov. 4 election. “No,” he said. “They’re both talking about what’s good for Republicans and I’m talking about doing good for my district and my country.” The Republican field had four candidates. Early returns showed the other candidates – political newcomers Suzanne Jones and Ted Terbolizard – trailing badly. McClintock, in what could be construed as a qualified victory speech, extended an olive branch to all three Republican candidates. “As I look at all candidates, including Doug Ose, we are no longer rivals, we are partners, in a historic struggle to restore our nation,” McClintock said. State Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Grass Valley, was an early McClintock supporter – bucking a wave of support for Ose that included endorsements from all five Placer County supervisors and several other elected officials. “Now Republicans have to get together and campaign as a team,” Aanestad said, noting a three-percentage-point disparity between Brown and Doolittle less than two years ago. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com.