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'Minuteman' gears up for Calif. election

  |   Dec. 5, 2005 at 10:34 AM
IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The California co-founder of the Minuteman Project of armed citizen border patrols stepped up campaigning Monday for a special congressional election.

Jim Gilchrist, a 56-year-old retired certified public accountant, is running in a special election Tuesday to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives from Orange County district, south of Los Angeles.

He faces Republican John Campbell, a state senator and millionaire car dealer, and Democrat Steve Young, a lawyer, in a district that's historically Republican, USA Today reported.

Gilchrist made headlines last year when he led a posse to the U.S.-Mexican border to combat what he says is lax enforcement of the southern U.S. border.

Gilchrist calls for increasing Border Patrol and customs enforcement spending by five times, and says he would put thousands of troops on patrol along the 2,000-mile southern border and deport the more than 11 million people in this country illegally.

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