Auburn councilman to challenge Doolittle for GOP nomination |

Auburn councilman to challenge Doolittle for GOP nomination

AUBURN, Calif. (AP) ” An Auburn city councilman will seek the Republican nomination for the seat held by Rep. John Doolittle, the nine-term incumbent who is under federal investigation in a political corruption scandal.

Mike Holmes, 67, who lost to Doolittle in last year’s GOP primary, said Tuesday he could “provide the ethical representation” for the 4th Congressional District.

“Congressman Doolittle’s unabashed ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the FBI’s recent raid of his Oakton, Va. home are two striking examples of (his) dishonorable representation of our communities,” Holmes said in a statement.

Doolittle’s ties to Abramoff, who is in prison and cooperating with prosecutors, have come under increased scrutiny since the congressman narrowly won re-election last year against Democrat Charlie Brown.

In April, the FBI raided Doolittle’s Virginia home looking for information on his wife Julie’s bookkeeping business, which had done work for Abramoff for almost two years.

Eric Egland, 37, a former Doolittle supporter and Air Force reservist, announced last month that he would run for the 4th Congressional District seat. He also cited Doolittle’s ethical troubles.

Brown, of Roseville, is raising money for another rematch. He reported slightly more than $268,000 in the bank as of June 30, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. Assemblyman Ted Gaines of Roseville and former state Sen. Rico Oller are also possible Republican candidates if Doolittle decides not to run for re-election next year.

Doolittle, who denies any wrongdoing, has said he plans to run for the seat he has held since 1991.

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