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Brown looking to oust Doolittle

Dave Moller
Sun News Service

John R. Hart/Sun News ServiceCharlie Brown, a Democrat runnng for Congress, talks to Jackson Brown and his mother, Deborah Otten of Sacramento, Friday afternoon at the Nevada County Fair.

GRASS VALLEY ” Democrat Charlie Brown still thinks he can knock U.S. Rep. John Doolittle out of the political ring with his own grass-roots campaign, saying the incumbent congressman is reeling on the political ropes.

“A lot of folks are out there looking for a positive change,” said Brown, who was stumping for the 4th District U.S. Representative’s seat last week at the Nevada County Fair.

“We haven’t seen results coming out of Washington the last six years. There’s been a lot of fear and talk, bigger deficits, and we don’t have the security people want,” Brown said.

Brown lost to Doolittle districtwide by 9,000 votes in 2006 in a surprisingly close race that made national news and showed the incumbent was vulnerable to attack. Brown beat Doolittle in Nevada County, a win he chalked up to simply getting around.

“I was up here in the district at open forums, and people like the message of getting together to solve problems,” Brown said. Doolittle’s recent outreach to the public occurred because he almost beat him, Brown said.

“Those changes in John Doolittle aren’t because he wants to,” Brown said. “He realizes that what a congressman is supposed to be doing.”

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Brown said his chances to win will be helped by Doolittle’s entanglement with Jack Abramoff and the raid on his wife’s business over dealings with the jailed lobbyist.

But keeping close to the public will be most important to win the district and overcome Doolittle’s stranglehold on GOP-dominated Placer County, Brown said.