Chad Condit, the son of former California Rep. Gary Condit, appears set to launch a campaign for Congress as an independent in California’s Central Valley.
Condit, 45, who most recently served as a state legislative aide, has launched a website, Twitter account and YouTube channel but has not made a formal announcement. However, a story published on ivn.us includes an interview with Condit in which he confirms he is running.
Several calls to a phone number listed on the website went unanswered.
There had been rumors in the Modesto area that the younger Condit was considering a bid in the redrawn 10th district, where freshman Rep. Jeff Denham (R) is seeking re-election, but his decision came as no less of a surprise.
Condit ran his father’s last campaign for Congress, when Gary Condit lost in the Democratic primary to now-Rep. Dennis Cardoza in 2002. The defeat came one year after the disappearance of a Congressional staffer with whom Gary Condit admitted having a relationship. Condit had been discounted as a suspect, but it took eight years for police to charge someone else with the murder.
Chad Condit will have to overcome any remaining scars from the scandal as he runs in a district that includes much of his father’s former territory.
Condit would face Denham and former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez, whose candidacy national Democrats are excited about, in a June jungle primary in which the top two finishers advance to the general, regardless of party.
According to the biography on his website, Condit started C/C Political Consulting and Polling in 1990, joined the Navy in 1991 and graduated from Saint Leo College in 1995. Shortly after graduating, he began working as a legislative aide in the state Senate.
Condit served as a chief of staff in the state Assembly in 1997 and as an assistant in the governor’s office in 1999, and ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate in 2001. He has served as a senior legislative assistant for the state Assembly since 2011.