Condit and son's reelection bid reluctantly relies on hostilemedia

MODESTO, CA: Chad Condit, son and spokesman for beleaguered congressional candidate Gary Condit, has been running a campaign that relies on the media out of necessity. But the campaign remains harshly critical of press coverage of the disappearance of Washington, DC intern Chandra Levy.

MODESTO, CA: Chad Condit, son and spokesman for beleaguered congressional candidate Gary Condit, has been running a campaign that relies on the media out of necessity. But the campaign remains harshly critical of press coverage of the disappearance of Washington, DC intern Chandra Levy.

Condit is running for reelection in the Modesto district, and faces five opponents in the Democratic primary this week.

Last week, he made his second national TV appearance since Levy vanished, this one on CNN's Larry King Live. Condit's ABC interview with Connie Chung last August was widely considered a disaster.

According to a Carma media analysis, Condit did himself no harm in the interview with King. But, said Carma COO Elizabeth Miller, "The media found great irony in Condit's complaints of media-blasting while now using the press to propel his reelection bid."

Chad Condit admitted that he needed the media, but "we are not going to back off from the fact we think they abused, manipulated, and profiteered from last summer - that they totally mishandled the disappearance of Chandra Levy."

Chad Condit said his strategy is to focus on his father's 30 years of experience in public service. "We are getting him out there in front of the voters, not only through the media, but walking the precincts.

They have also done spots on Spanish- and English-language radio.

Chad Condit resigned from a position in California Gov. Gray Davis' office last December when Davis declined to endorse Condit's reelection bid.

"I really haven't moved on. I've just made myself available to help out Dad and Mom,

he said.

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