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Gary Condit

Gary Condit is an American politician, a fiscally and socially conservative Blue Dog Democrat who served in the House of Representatives from 1989 to 2002. He represented the 18th Congressional district of California, the Central Valley.

In 2001, he became the subject of considerable news coverage, after Chandra Levy, a Washington DC intern originally from Condit's district, disappeared. Condit, a married man, had had an affair with Levy, who was later found dead in a Washington, DC park. Even though police did not consider Condit to be a suspect in the crime, many in the popular media along with Levy's family and much of the American public suspected that Condit was still hiding important information about the intern's disappearance. This suspicion was deepened when Condit tried to avoid answering direct questions during a televised interview with news anchor Connie Chung on August 23, 2001. Condit lost the primary elections in March 2002 and left Congress in the Fall of 2002.