Gary Condit: Out of the Glare, Still Under a Cloud
updated 12/31/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/31/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST
Did he savor his renewed obscurity? Far from it. In what some saw as a stunning act of hubris, Condit announced on Dec. 7 that he would run for reelection in 2002. "I've got a great record in Congress," he declared. He faces an uphill primary fight against Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza. "Gary can't win that seat," says state Democratic party chairman Art Torres. Indeed, Chandra Levy is still missing—and Condit is still under investigation. "This is a very active case," says Assistant U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips. No one knows that better than Levy's anguished parents, Robert and Susan. "I have not forgotten my daughter," her mother says. "The pain is still there."