Assemblyman Gaines exits race to replace Rep. Doolittle |

Assemblyman Gaines exits race to replace Rep. Doolittle

SACRAMENTO (AP) ” Republican Assemblyman Ted Gaines of Granite Bay says he will not be a candidate to replace retiring Congressman John Doolittle in California’s 4th Congressional District.

Gaines had formed an exploratory committee but on Monday said he would not run. The assemblyman, who has six children at home, cited family reasons and said he would remain in the state Legislature.

He also says there already is a strong GOP field shaping up, although he’s not sure whether he will endorse.

Declared candidates include former state senator Rico Oller of San Andreas, while former congressman Doug Ose is considering the race.

Doolittle, who is under scrutiny in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, announced last week that he would not seek a 10th term.

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