|Name||Gary A. Condit|
Ceres, California , United States
|| April 21, 1948
|Contributor||U Ole Polecat|
Feb 18, 2015 10:34pm
Caucasian - Moderate - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti School Vouchers - Health Care Reform - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Bush Tax Cuts - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Missile Defense - Pro-Social Security Privatization - Married - Baptist - Christian - Protestant - Straight -
|Info||aka "Mr. Blow-Dry" |
The son of a Baptist minister, Condit moved to Ceres, California, at the age of 19. He attended Modesto Junior College before enrolling at California State University at Stanislaus, where he majored in political science. In 1972, upon his graduation, Condit launched his political career when he was elected to the Ceres City Council. Considered a conservative Democrat, he was elected mayor of Ceres in 1974 and served until 1976, at which time he began a six-year term on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors.
In 1982, Condit successfully ran for the California State Assembly. In 1989, Democrat Tony Coehlo resigned his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after it was discovered that he failed to report a $50,000 loan to finance junk bonds. In a special election held to fill Coehlo�s vacated seat, Condit defeated Clare Berryhill with 57 percent of the vote. Popular with his constituents, Condit was reelected to a full term the following year and has since served with each succeeding Congress.
In 1993, Condit angered the Democratic Party when he opposed seven of President Bill Clinton�s budget initiatives. A strong advocate for the elimination of unfunded federal mandates, one of his major accomplishments was the enactment of the 1994 Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. Condit also staunchly supported a consumer advocacy bill designed to protect consumers from deceptive mailings and sweepstakes. In 1995, he became a founding member of the Blue Dogs Coalition�a group of moderate-to-conservative Democrats whose agenda includes protection of the Social Security Trust Fund, a balanced budget, as well as campaign finance and welfare reform.
Most recently, Condit was linked to the disappearance of 24-year-old federal intern Chandra Levy in April of 2001. As speculation of an affair surfaced, the Levy case quickly became fodder for the press. Although Condit has consistently denied any knowledge of Levy�s whereabouts, he was chastised for his failure to be forthcoming and accused of hindering the police investigations. In August, during a highly publicized television interview with journalist Connie Chung, Condit attempted to set the record straight. However, he was later criticized for his evasive answers. In 2002, as the general public turned their attention to the war on terrorism, Condit quietly announced he would run for re-election, despite the lack of support from his party. He lost by a landslide to Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza.
In May of 2002, remains identified as Levy's were found in a D.C.-area park, re-igniting suspicions of Condit's involvement in the affair.