Capitol Alert: Democrat Kris Johnson drops challenge to Tom McClintock
02/11/2014 11:45 AM
02/11/2014 12:45 PM
Democrat Kris Johnson has suspended her challenge to Rep. Tom McClintock, saying she was injured a week ago and "cannot fulfill the rigors of a sustained campaign."
The departure leaves McClintock, R-Elk Grove, without a Democratic challenger. The filing deadline is March 7.
"It truly breaks my heart to drop out of this campaign, with hundreds of supporters reaching out to me as soon as my candidacy was announced," Johnson wrote in a message to supporters. "I am hopeful another candidate will quickly step forward to take my place to serve as a true representative of the people and resources of our district, which has not been well represented by the incumbent for over five years."
Johnson, a Granite Bay businesswoman, launched her campaign for the Republican-heavy district less than a month ago, criticizing GOP representatives for their role in the partial government shutdown and for repeated votes to repeal all or parts of the federal health care law.
She faced an uphill climb in a district that's 45 percent Republican, 30 percent Democratic and 21 percent independent. Taking in portions of Roseville; it extends from Lake Tahoe past Yosemite National Park.
While not life threatening, Johnson said her injury would require a long rehabilitation period.
"For those who contributed to my campaign, we are returning the full amount of your donation," Johnson said in the note. "Thank you for your support, both emotional and financial."
4th Congressional District
Editor's Choice Videos
Join the Discussion
Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.