By Steve Large

MODESTO (CBS13) – The son of a former California congressman wants to run for office himself in the same area his father served, bringing a familiar and controversial name in the San Joaquijn Valley back into the political spotlight.

Chad Condit is running for Congress. It was his father, Congressman Gary Condit, who refused to answer investigators’ questions in the infamous disappearance of Chandra Levy a decade ago. Gary Condit was eventually cleared as a suspect and another man was convicted of her murder, but he lost his re-election bid two years later and is now living in Arizona.

This is Chad Condit’s first-ever run for political office. He filed his paperwork in a Modesto on Friday to run for a seat in the House of Representatives as an independent in California’s redrawn 10th Congressional district. CBS13 asked him if being a Condit is going to be an asset or a liability to his campaign.

“I am a Condit, and I’m not going to run from the fact my name is Chad Condit,” he said.

In his first official day as a Congressional candidate, Chad Condit focused his comments on campaigning as an independent.

“The number one issue is you have got to vote your district. Be about your district,” he said.

Chad tried to stay away from questions about his father’s role in the investigation about the disappearance of Chandra Levy, an intern who disappeared in 2001. Gary Condit eventually admitted to having an affair with her.

“Where does that narrative play out in this campaign for you?” CBS13 asked him.

“It doesn’t,” he said. “It was a long time ago.”

The public spotlight on Gary Condit and his family was intense. Chad resigned from his position on Gov. Gray Davis’ staff when Davis called Gary Condit’s conduct “disheartening.”

“I have no regrets with what I did,” Chad said Friday. “I would do it again. It’s what I felt was the right thing to do, and I’ll always do what i think is right.”

Now the son is seeking the political spotlight, seeking to serve the same constituents his father did. He said he won’t shy away from seeking his father’s guidance.

“My dad’s my dad and my friend, and whether you like Gary Condit or not, he knows the issues of the Central Valley better than anybody,” Chad said. “He did for 30 years, so I’d be silly not to seek his guidance in some of the issues.

Gary Condit’s father, Chad’s grandfather, is an 84-year-old minister in Modesto. He says the family did a lot of praying about the decision whether to enter the political spotlight again.

Apparently, the answer came back yes.

Comments (11)
  1. lost cause says:

    Dad also had an affair with Chandra Levy and wasn’t very forthcoming. Should the sins of the father follow the son? I think he;s going to have a tough time in that district with a last name of Condit.

    1. nothingchanges says:

      Hopefully not, He and his wife Helen are very sweet people.

  2. rickh says:

    Gary got a bad rap on that whole deal. They finally caught the killer (mexican) which cleared Gary’s name, but I don’t think it would clear the affair.

  3. mark & janice keson says:

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  4. For Chad Condit says:

    Actually, his father did fully cooperate with the police. Unfortunately, the media and police would not leave Gary alone because it made a better story. Have your parents made poor choices in their lives? If so, would you like to be held accountable for them? Probably not. That notion is quite preposterous isn’t it.

  5. CONDIT ALL THE WAY! says:

    GO CHAD! The Condits are great people that care about this VALLEY! People make mistakes….so who has the right to cast the first stone?? What happened in Gary’s personal life is between him and his God. Most people would be unemployed if their employer knew what they were behind closed doors; how they talked to and treat their spouse or kids! Gary did a great JOB! He stood up for his District and it is too bad that people eat up gossip and hype:( You go get em Chad, there are many of us on your team!!

  6. lost cause says:

    Just because you think dad was a good congressman doesn’t mean the son will be.

  7. david says:

    could be a case of like father, like son. or the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree. if anyone from the district would trust a condit is something that remains to be seen. his father left the state and moved to arizona and is probably living like a king with his pension, benefits from having served as a long time congress person. must be nice.

  8. Graham says:

    Her killer was a Salvadoran immigrant not a Mexican. Dumb@ss!

    1. rickh says:

      whats the difference?

  9. The better tomorrow says:

    The democrats and republican representatives refuse to do the people’s work. They are loyal to the party, not the people. We need more people running as independents who are only loyal to their district.
    I’ve known Chad Condit. He knows our districts and he will help solve the many problems facing he district instead of spending soo much much time on party politics.

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