Ex GOP Rep. Doug Ose weighs challenge to Democrat Ami Bera
Former Republican Rep. Doug Ose might make another run at returning to Congress by challenging freshman Democratic Rep. Ami Bera in a competitive Sacramento County seat.
The Sacramento Republican, who left Congress in 2005 and lost a primary bid for another seat in 2008, told The Bee that he and his wife are "deliberating on it but have not made a final decision" on seeking the 7th Congressional District seat
"It's very easy to say 'I'm going to run for Congress,' but having done it four times now, it's not a simple task," he said. "There's a lot that goes into it."
Bera unseated incumbent GOP Rep. Dan Lungren last year in one of the state's closest and most expensive House races. The 2014 race for the seat is expected to be a top priority for both Democrats and Republicans, given the narrow registration gap in the east Sacramento County district. The National Republican Congressional Committee has been on the offensive for weeks already, blasting the Elk Grove Democrat on everything from gas prices to the sequestration in emails and new Web ads.
Democrats acknowledged the freshman's vulnerable status this week, naming Bera to a list of 26 ...