In the months leading up to the September 11 terrorist attacks, the nation’s attention was largely captivated by the disappearance of Congressional intern Chandra Levy. Revelations that the young woman had been engaged in a sexual relationship with California Congressman Gary Condit before vanishing lead to a full blown media circus. Levy’s remains were discovered in the Spring of 2002. While Condit was never officially named as a suspect by police, and was eventually cleared of involvement, his political career was destroyed. In early 2002, Condit was defeated for renomination and served out his final year in Washington as an outcast, essentially the O.J. Simpson of the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 2010, a jury convicted Ingmar Guandique, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, of murdering Levy.
Now, a decade after Gary Condit left office, the former Congressman’s son Chad is seeking to return the Condit name to the U.S. House. Last month, Chad Condit declared himself as an independent candidate for Congress in California’s newly redrawn 10th district. The younger Condit is a Navy veteran and has served in several positions as a staffer with the California state legislature.
“I think people are fed up with Washington, D.C.,” Condit told the media. “They are tired of the partisanship and they’re tired of the gridlock.”
The race also includes freshman Republican Congressman Jeff Denham and former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez, who is running as a Democrat. Condit’s goal will be to finish in the top-two in June’s free-for-all primary in order to continue his campaign to November.