Conservative activists are urging former GOP Rep. Doug Ose to stay out of Californiaâ€™s 7th District race, threatening a â€œbloody primaryâ€ if he runs, according to a letter obtained by CQ Roll Call.
â€œWhile we respect your commitment to public service, your record in Congress would leave us no choice but to actively oppose your candidacy should you decide to run,â€ reads the letter signed by more than a dozen conservative and tea party activists from Northern California. (Read the letter below.)
Ose, who served in Congress from 1999 until 2005, is eyeing a comeback bid against freshman Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif. The 7th District is a top target for Republicans, who lost the seat last cycle after Bera defeated then-Rep. Dan Lungren in one of the closest contests of 2012.
Local conservatives are not happy with prospect of Ose running again and would like to find another candidate.
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