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Tea Party favorite Tim Donnelly aims for Congress, auctions off guns

RIVERDALE, CA 020614- WATSONVILLE, CA-Staring intently, Tim Donnelly aimed a Glock 19 at a paper target bearing the picture of a zombie dressed as a British Red Coat. All but one of 15 rounds hit their mark, and the GOP gubernatorial candidate was pleased at Markley's Gunrange Feb. 6, 2014.
RIVERDALE, CA 020614- WATSONVILLE, CA-Staring intently, Tim Donnelly aimed a Glock 19 at a paper target bearing the picture of a zombie dressed as a British Red Coat. All but one of 15 rounds hit their mark, and the GOP gubernatorial candidate was pleased at Markley's Gunrange Feb. 6, 2014. Los Angeles Times

Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a tea party favorite and unsuccessful candidate for governor, said Friday he is running for Congress, bidding to unseat fellow Republican Paul Cook in Southern California’s desert region.

His first fundraising event? According to a campaign announcement, Donnelly “will be auctioning off several firearms.”

This is in keeping with a candidate perhaps best known outside his district for once carrying a loaded firearm into Ontario International Airport. He said he forgot the gun was in his bag and pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor gun charges in the incident in 2012.

Donnelly, 49, was defeated in the gubernatorial primary election in 2014 by a more moderate Republican, Neel Kashkari, who went on to lose to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Donnelly took up talk radio, calling himself California’s “radio governor” and hosting a show on Talk 960 in Victorville. He promoted the show as “broadcasting from deep behind enemy lines in the occupied territory of the socialist republic of California.”

Donnelly’s candidacy will bring his stint on the airwaves to a close. Friday was his last show.

Cook, a retired Marine Corps colonel, served in the state Assembly before winning election to Congress in 2012.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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