Tim Donnelly


Capitol Alert
By David Siders
March 11, 2016 2:59 PM

  • Former California assemblyman challenging fellow Republican
  • Donnelly made headlines for bringing loaded gun to airport
  • Donnelly brings stint as radio show host to close

Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a tea party favorite and unsuccessful candidate for governor, said Friday he is running for Congress, bidding to unseat fellow Republican Paul Cook in Southern California’s desert region.

His first fundraising event? According to a campaign announcement, Donnelly “will be auctioning off several firearms.”

This is in keeping with a candidate perhaps best known outside his district for once carrying a loaded firearm into Ontario International Airport. He said he forgot the gun was in his bag and pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor gun charges in the incident in 2012.

Donnelly, 49, was defeated in the gubernatorial primary election in 2014 by a more moderate Republican, Neel Kashkari, who went on to lose to Gov. Jerry Brown.

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