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Condit Son to Run for Calif. Senate

November 8, 2001

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) _ Rep. Gary Condit’s son, who scuttled plans to run for state Assembly after his father became embroiled in scandal, reversed course and decided to run for state Senate.

Chad Condit filed a notice of intent to run Wednesday for the seat currently held by Sen. Dick Monteith, a Republican who is seeking the elder Condit’s congressional seat, according to the Stanislaus County elections office.

Chad Condit, 34, has been collecting signatures for his father’s re-election bid even though Rep. Condit has not announced whether he will seek another term.

Chad Condit did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment.

The younger Condit recently quit his $110,000 a year job in Gov. Gray Davis’ office after Davis said he was disappointed that Rep. Condit had not been more forthcoming about his relationship with Chandra Levy, a 24-year-old federal intern who disappeared in May in Washington, D.C.

After his father’s first television interview, Chad Condit told CNN that he had abandoned his own political ambitions.

``If this is what politics is about, I don’t know that I want any part in it,″ he told CNN in August.

Rep. Condit is not considered a suspect in Levy’s disappearance. He acknowledged having an extramarital affair with her.

Local Democrats said Chad Condit was likely to face Rusty Areias, head of state parks and a former Condit ally.

Levy’s disappearance threw California politics into disarray. Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza, a former Condit aide, had planned to run for the Senate seat Chad Condit is now seeking, and Chad Condit was expected to run for Cardoza’s vacant Assembly seat. Instead, Cardoza announced he would seek Rep. Condit’s seat.

``Everything’s been in flux around here,″ said Tom Hallinan, a Democrat from Modesto who is running for Cardoza’s Assembly seat.

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