After Doolittle’s resignation: Democrat Brown’s ‘message stays the same’ for race |

After Doolittle’s resignation: Democrat Brown’s ‘message stays the same’ for race

Congressional candidate Charlie Brown toured Tahoe on Tuesday, two days before John Doolittle, the political foe who narrowly beat him last election, announced his retirement.

The move leaves the congressional seat that represents Tahoe and Truckee up for grabs for the first time in nearly 17 years.

On Tuesday, when rumors were swirling around Doolittle’s future, Brown said he was not concerned who he will face in the race for the 4th district U.S. House of Representative seat.

“Whether it’s John Doolittle or it’s someone else ” my message stays the same,” said Brown.

Brown did have some harsh criticism for Doolittle, and the “dysfunctional” Congress he was a part of.

“There are a lot of Congresspeople in non-competitive districts that go back to their district [regularly],” said Brown. “It’s unfortunate that he really didn’t take an interest in the district.”

Brown has been on the campaign trail following a narrow defeat to Doolittle.

He’s been working to communicate his stance on the issues, a platform that includes border security, support for war veterans and non-partisan politics.

And, in Tahoe, he’s been taking fire prevention and forest health ” two hotly debated issues since last summers disastrous Angora Fire in South Tahoe.

“It’s unfortunate that it takes a disaster to get politicians to really take notice,” said Brown. “Once the photo op is passed it’s on to the next thing. “We have to follow through on some of these things.”

Specifically, Brown supports an exemption for small thinning and burning fire prevention projects ” an exemption that has been overturned in a recent court case brought by the Sierra Club.

“We’ve had the wrong forest policy for a lot of years,” said Brown. “Having a policy that fits the entire country doesn’t work.”

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