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  • Brian Baer / Bee file, 2008

    Doug Ose, left, debates Tom McClintock in Rocklin in 2008, when McClintock defeated Ose in the Republican primary for the 4th District congressional seat.

  • JON FLEISCHMAN

The Buzz: Conservatives ask Republican Doug Ose not to challenge Democrat Ami Bera

Published: Monday, Jul. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

15 conservatives urge Ose: Stay out of 7th District race

Next year's race in California's 7th Congressional District is shaping up to be as contentious as Democratic Rep. Ami Bera's fight last year for the seat.

Fifteen conservatives sent an open letter last week to former Republican congressman Doug Ose, urging him not to run.

"Your record indicates you do not share the principles we hold dear: fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets," the letter said.

Ose so far has only hinted at a possible run, telling The Bee in March that he was considering it. The Sacramento developer served in Congress from 1999 to 2005, leaving office to fulfill a campaign promise that he would serve three consecutive terms.

He ran for Congress again in 2008, losing in the primary to GOP Rep. Tom McClintock.

Marko Mlikotin, Ose's former chief of staff, said the letter would not affect Ose's decision.

"Ose had a distinguished career in Congress, and he voted for the second-largest tax cut in history," Mlikotin said.

Igor Birman, McClintock's chief of staff, is also considering a run in the district. Republican Elizabeth Emken, who lost to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein last year, has formally declared her candidacy.

– Annalise Mantz

BY THE NUMBERS

The number of California state employee retirements rose 4 percent during the first half of this year compared with the same period in 2012, according to CalPERS. Meanwhile, retirements by all state, local and school workers in the pension system rose more than 8 percent. The retirement rate is expected to grow as baby boomers take pensions.

– Jon Ortiz

WORTH REPEATING

"Aren't we picking winners at the expense of, well, the rest of us?"

JON FLEISCHMAN, challenging conservatives to explain why subsidies in the farm bill the House passed last week are consistent with Republican rhetoric

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