Condit's kids handling media for dad's reelection bid

MERCED, CA: Chad and Cadee Condit are acting as their father Gary's

communications team in an unofficial first step toward a reelection


Rep. Gary Condit began gathering signatures to place his name on the

March ballot last week. His children are acting as his media

spokespeople on a volunteer basis, according to Chad Condit. Both of the

younger Condits left positions with California governor Gray Davis'

administration earlier in the summer, when Davis criticized Gary

Condit's handling of the press during the media maelstrom over the

disappearance of intern Chandra Levy.

"Cadee and I are doing this as people who believe in him," said Chad

Condit of his position with his father's campaign.

Longtime political consultant Richard Ross will also be involved in the

effort. "He will continue to do what he's always done, which is be one

of Gary's advisors and friends," Chad Condit said.

Gary Condit currently has about 150 volunteers trying to gather 3,000

signatures to qualify for the 2002 ballot.

In California, political candidates have the choice of circulating

petitions or paying $1,451. Since 1982, Condit has chosen the

petition method. "He's always been grassroots oriented," said Chad


Gary Condit faces a tough campaign if he seeks an eighth term. Both of

the major newspapers in his area - the Modesto and Fresno Bees - have

run editorials calling for his resignation.

Adding to his challenges, the congressman's political district was

recently redrawn with unfavorable terms. He may also face a primary

challenge from one-time aide Dennis Cardoza, an assemblyman from Merced.

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