Republican Chris Mitchum to take on Capps, Maldonado for 24th District

Republican Chris Mitchum is running for Congress in the newly created 24th District on the Central Coast, joining battle against incumbent Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, and former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, a fellow Republican.

Mitchum says on his website that he is running for Congress “to have my children and my children’s children say of me, ‘He did all that could be done.’”

Mitchum says that in 2008, “socialists took control of two of the three branches of government” after “a bloodless coup.”

Among his key issues is the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama.

He also is pushing for a balanced budget amendment, and opposes new taxes and regulations.

Santa Barbara Tea Party leader Tom Watson endorsed Mitchum earlier this week.

A Maldonado aide said anybody who wants to run, can run, but stressed that Maldonado’s goal is to focus on defeating Capps.

Capps consultant Bill Carrick said, “Regardless of who runs, Lois will stay focused on getting our economy fully restarted, standing up for families against powerful corporate interests, and making sure seniors get the benefits they have earned.”

Mitchum is the son of the late actor Robert Mitchum.