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Friday, Jun 28 2013 06:26 PM

Complaint accuses 16th Senate candidate Vidak of failing to report assets

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    By Alex Horvath / The Californian

    Andy Vidak is running for the 16th Senate District and was interviewed by The Californian editorial board.

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BY THEO DOUGLAS Californian staff writer tdouglas@bakersfield.com

Douglas Kessler, Region 8 director of the California Democratic Party, has filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission, accusing 16th state Senate District candidate Andy Vidak of failing to disclose ownership of a cattle ranch and a lettuce cooling business.

"Andy Vidak failed to report assets and income for both his lettuce and cattle ranch operation in Tulare County as required by law," reads the complaint -- which was provided to The Californian by Vidak's opponent, Democrat Leticia Perez.

Vidak, a Republican cherry farmer from Hanford, did not respond to a request for comment.

Tim Orman, Vidak's campaign consultant, declined to comment on allegations in the complaint, but said: "They know they're behind in the polls, and they're pulling anything out of the hat that they can."

Representatives of the Fair Political Practices Commission did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Perez, who is 5th District Kern County Supervisor, called the alleged omissions "completely stunning ... ."

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