Terbolizard in the running for Fourth District seat

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Fifth-generation Northern Californian Ted Terbolizard, a 40-year-old Cedar Ridge resident in Nevada County, admits he’s a long shot in the race to succeed 4th District U.S. Rep. John Doolittle as the Republican standard-bearer. Terbolizard started his election campaign early last year, establishing an Internet presence with a Web site and using an issues-oriented radio program on Ron Paul Revolution radio to spread the word about his candidacy to a broader base. A rock vocalist and guitar player with the band Chief Enablers, Terbolizard said he’s not holding down a day job at this time and instead, in his words, “coasting on his own savings.” While professing that he’s not interested in fund-raising, he has amassed about $10,000 during the past quarter. His commercials focus on fighting government waste, a key issue with Terbolizard’s campaign. Endorsements are also unimportant to Terbolizard. He said that he’s concerned about political action committee influence on lawmakers in return for funding and endorsements. Terbolizard said he opted not to go to college and instead joined the work force. As a new registered Republican — the candidate voted as an independent in the 2006 election — Terbolizard said he wants to revive the party. “If I don’t win, which is a very likely outcome, I plan to write a book on liberty and freedom,” he said. He’s also been fitted for what he describes as a dictator’s uniform and plans to appear on the Internet as Sub Commander Terbo, a fake military dictator talking about political issues from the perspective of a fascist dictator. Terbolizard said he’s also planning to run again in 2010. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at or by posting a comment.