Ted Gaines, on his Assembly website
The race to succeed John Doolittle in California’s 4th congressional district just got a little less crowded. Republican Assemblyman Ted Gaines says he’s out. Also: Analysts believe Rep. Doolittle's decision not to run again is a boost to the GOP.
Gaines had formed an exploratory committee to consider challenging the controversial Doolittle.
But with the seat now open, Gaines says other qualified candidates are now in the race – so he doesn’t have to be.
“When we started looking at the reality of a run for Congress, it just made sense for me to stay right where I am. I really enjoy the opportunity to serve in the Assembly; I live not too far away; I still have a biz I can run. That’s a pretty good combination.”
Four other Republicans are still competing in the June 5th primary: Former congressman Doug Ose, former State Senator Rico Oller, former Auburn Mayor Mike Holmes and Air Force reservist Eric Egland. Doolittle's 2006 Democratic challenger, Charlie Brown, will take on the G-O-P primary winner in November.