GOP Central Committee backs Oller for Congress

San Andreas man in running for District 4
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Placer County's Republican Central Committee has voted to be in former state legislator Rico Oller's corner during the 4th District congressional primary election. The central committee voted last Wednesday to endorse the San Andreas businessman in his run for the GOP nomination this June. Also in the running are Roseville military consultant Eric Egland and Sacramento business owner Doug Ose, a former 3rd District congressman. State Sen. Tom McClintock is considering a run for office and Egland said he'd bow out to make way for the conservative candidate. Tom Hudson, Republican central committee chairman, said that it would be unlikely to see Oller and McClintock in the race at the same time. Very soon, we'll see conservatives consolidating behind one candidate, Hudson said. On Wednesday, in the face of the first rumblings from McClintock supporters, the central committee voted 17-8 in favor of an Oller endorsement. The vote followed defeat of a motion by Placer County Supervisor Bruce Kranz, supported by state Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Grass Valley, and Assemblyman Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, to not endorse a candidate. That motion was defeated on a 4-21 vote. Hudson said the vote favored Oller because Ose doesn't represent Placer County values. The Journal's Gus Thomson can be reached at, or post a comment at