Representative Gary Condit appeared at a forum with nine other candidates who want his job. Condit has never before faced such tough competition for his spot in the U.S. Congress. Condit was at the center of the luncheon event sponsored by the Merced Chamber of Commerce. He occasionally appeared uncomfortable in the spotlight.
But when it came time to speak, Condit showed the polish of a professional politician. He reminded voters about everything he had done for the valley and said he would continue to fight for them. Condit has always sailed to re-election.