Republican Art Moore has taken out papers to challenge GOP Rep. Tom McClintock, casting himself as a pragmatic supporter of limited government with deep roots in the foothill-based 4th Congressional District.
"It's very clear that federal government is not working for this district," Moore, a businessman and military officer from Auburn said in a video posted on his campaign website. "The leadership that is going to get us through this is not going to be provided by career politicians. It's going to be provided by people like me, who have a totally different perspective of public service."
Moore, a 35-year-old graduate of Placer High School and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, brings to the campaign a combined 14 years of active duty and National Guard service. He spent 30 months deployed overseas and currently is a major in the Army National Guard.
Moore also has worked as an executive in the building products industry and as a management consultant serving government clients in the intelligence community.
McClintock, a lion of conservative causes for decades, secured the congressional seat in a tough race six years ago and since has had little trouble retaining it. Despite his long record and high profile, he holds just over $350,000 in his campaign account.
His role in the protracted fight over the partial federal government shutdown received criticism and helped draw a Democratic opponent out of the woodwork. But Kris Johnson, a Granite Bay businesswoman, dropped out of the race for personal reasons.
TV newsman Walt Gray also flirted with a run, but ultimately decided against it.
The 4th district takes in portions of Roseville and extends from Lake Tahoe past Yosemite National Park. A native of Thousand Oaks, McClintock represented Ventura-area districts in the state Legislature and mounted unsuccessful runs for controller, lieutenant governor and governor.
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"One of the dynamics of this campaign is a career politician versus somebody that has a business career and a military officer career who wants to just go and make Washington work," said Moore, who moved to Roseville from the Washington D.C area in December.
Moore said his purpose for running is to give voters an alternative. He believes McClintock is too extreme for the district and for California.
"My alternative offers somebody who grew up in the district, who is going to live in the district, put the people first and be a true representative," he said.
Moore said he opposes abortion rights but believes the decision should be between a woman and her doctor. He would support restrictions on late-term abortions and does not believe taxpayers should pay for medical procedures with which they disagree.
He is "libertarian" on gay marriage and says Americans should be able to make their own choices. "It's not an issue that I am going to spend a lot of time on," he said.
Moore also described himself as a strong supporter of gun rights before turning his attention to McClintock, who lives in Elk Grove and despite an earlier pledge takes a government sponsored retirement.
"Legally you don't have to live in the district that you represent. Legally he can take that pension. He bought it," Moore said. "But the issue is the integrity piece. Don't say you're going to move to the district and then don't follow through on that commitment. And, same with the pension. Don't say you're not going to take the pension and then renege on that."
McClintock's campaign manager did not respond to requests for comment.
Editor's Note: This post was updated with comments from Moore at 3:25 p.m. March 7, 2014.
PHOTO: Art Moore for Congress