Congressional hopeful Charlie Brown stumps in South Tahoe |

Congressional hopeful Charlie Brown stumps in South Tahoe

Jonah M. Kessel / Sun News ServiceCharlie Brown talks to supporters at the family-style barbecue and town hall meeting his campaign held Saturday at Bijou Park.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” With hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, a backdrop of red, white and blue banners, and speeches about patriotism and policy, Saturday in Bijou Park may as well have been the Fourth of July, to paraphrase an old Chicago song.

Fourth Congressional District candidate Charlie Brown brought his barbecue and town hall meeting to South Lake Tahoe this weekend, bringing out local Democrats to rally around the man they hope will replace John Doolittle come January.

Brown, who is in a statistical dead heat with Republican Tom McClintock of Southern California for the Northern California seat, spoke to the 100 or so party faithful and a few Republicans with a “patriotism before partisanship” theme.

With this flavor in mind, El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago, a Democrat, asked Brown where his priorities would be if elected, given that the country faces so many critical issues.

Brown said his priority would be to “start talking to Republicans, the other people across the aisle” – especially on economic matters.

“There must be bipartisanship when it comes to the economy and jobs,” he said.

He also spoke about the $700 billion bailout plan, which as of Sunday had been ironed out by Congress but had yet to be signed as legislation. Brown said he was confident the plan would pass but added that it puts government in an area where it never should have been in the first place had the banking industry been regulated.

“Deregulation (of the big banks) doesn’t work,” he said.

Brown said his second priority would be to address energy issues, especially with wind and solar technologies that are waiting to be explored.

Joe Pepi of South Lake Tahoe and his 14-year-old son, Louis, liked what Brown had to say. Times have changed, and so has the 4th Congressional District, where people are worried about jobs, the economy, health care and energy.

“It is time for a change in our district, because they have not been representing the interests of the district anymore,” Joe Pepi said.

Democrat Ken Sherman of South Lake Tahoe echoed Pepi’s sentiment about the district.

“He’s an honorable man with character,” Sherman said of Brown. “After all these years with John Doolittle, it will be nice to have a man like Charlie Brown in a position that will do us and the district good.”

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