Dueling candidates head to Washington
November 17, 2008
GRASS VALLEY “-Both candidates for the 4th Congressional District plan to head to Washington, D.C. for this week’s freshman orientation, though thousands of ballots remain to be counted in the still-unresolved contest.
Republican Tom McClintock on Friday clung to a 691-vote edge districtwide over Democrat Charlie Brown.
Eleven days after the general election, few other races in the country remain so close; in Minnesota, just 104 votes separate the contenders in the governor’s race.
McClintock spokesman Bill George said he was confident the Republican’s edge would hold up when the Southern California lawmaker heads to the nation’s capital for briefings.
“We remain confident that we are going to win this,” George said. Brown also will attend the session while elections officials continue counting ballots ahead of a Dec. 2 deadline. “We expect that (Brown) will win the election, and it’s important for him to … get the information he needs to hit the ground running,” Stenhouse said.
McClintock is picking up votes in more-populated El Dorado and Placer counties, George said. He was leading Brown by two percentage points in each county,
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according to the California Secretary of State’s office; Brown is carrying the more rural Nevada, Sierra and Plumas counties. Both Stenhouse and George are asking for volunteers to monitor ballot counts that will continue throughout the weekend.
Congress’ week of orientation generally includes meetings with lawmakers, tours of legislative offices and the U.S. Capitol and refresher courses such as parliamentary procedure and the protocol of both Senate and House chambers. New lawmakers also will be assigned their offices during that time.