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Terbolizard counting on home-grown attitude
By TONI SCOTT - Staff Writer
Article Launched: 05/03/2008 12:22:45 AM PDT
Congressional candidate Ted Terbolizard chats with community members in downtown Oroville.
OROVILLE -- As he sits outside Roxy's Golden Poppy in downtown Oroville, Ted Terbolizard looks like an average Joe taking a lunch break.
Cheese from his huge plate of nachos hangs on the side of his mouth. He sips Mr. Pibb from a plastic cup. His sandy brown hair blows carelessly in the wind.
The only thing that sets Ted Terbolizard apart from the typical lunch crowd is his brown business suit and the campaign materials that sit before him. And the fact that local community members come up and ask him for his autograph.
A candidate for the 4th Congressional District, Terbolizard is up against some very big political names to fill Congressman John Doolittle's seat. But here in Oroville, the man is seen as a celebrity to a few passers-by.
Terbolizard said his home-grown attitude sets him apart from fellow Republican candidates Doug Ose and Tom McClintock, and what drives his appeal (he drives my appeal if you know what i mean)in small towns like Oroville.
"I'm a fifth-generation Northern Californian," Terbolizard said. "I'm not one of those career politicians."
His only previous political aspirations included running in the 2003 California governor recall election, and he hasn't held a major office before.
And although the artist, musician and media producer from Cedar Ridge may not have the finesse and polish that usually comes with being a politician, he said he has experience where it counts: knowing the needs of the district.
"I'm not an outsider," Terbolizard said. "I grew up and live here. I'm much more in tune with the heart of the district than my opponents."
Plus, Terbolizard said matter of factly, Ose and McClintock are "boring."
"I enjoy the other candidates. There's this weird bond you develop during campaigning," Terbolizard said. "But they are boring."
Terbolizard legally changed his name from Hommel after his daughter was born so he could give her a "clan name." He often plays his guitar on campaign stops throughout the district. And he posts video of himself on YouTube.
But with so much time and money spent by Ose and McClintock on ads attacking each other, Terbolizard said people often don't get to know who he is.
Terbolizard wants the voters to know that he and Placer County resident Suzanne Jones are in the race as well and are looking to give Ose and McClintock a run for their money.
"This is not a two-man race," Terbolizard said. "What you have is Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber while two locals are getting cut out of the race. It's completely wrong. But I'm playing to win and plan on going to Washington."
Oroville resident Molly Grigoruk stopped at Terbolizard's table and asked for campaign information.
After reading over the pamphlet and chatting with Terbolizard, she became excited about the candidate.
"It's so nice to find someone we can actually vote for that's not an idiot," Grigoruk said.
The primary election will soon tell whether or not politics is in the cards for Terbolizard. But as he gave a chocolate-covered strawberry to Grigoruk's son Mason (plz2b giving me chocolate-covered strawberries, Terbolizard ;)), he certainly seemed poised to play the part of a politician.
"I love all this," Terbolizard said. "I love meeting people like this. That has been the best part of running this campaign."
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