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Winner still uncertain, two would-be congressmen head to D.C.

November 17, 2008 | 12:09 pm

If the election for California's  4th Congressional District were a film, it could be called "Mr. Brown and Mr. McClintock go to Washington."

Nearly two weeks after the election, Republican Tom McClintock leads Democrat Charlie Brown by 622 votes with about 25,000 absentee and provisional ballots left to be counted. With the contest undecided, both men accepted invitations from the Committee on House Administration to attend the orientation for new members that began today in Washington, D.C.

Sure there was an awkward moment when both men showed up, but Brown spokesman Todd Stenhouse said they greeted each other cordially. "It's just one big happy family," he said.

McClintock, a state senator from Thousand Oaks, ran for Congress in the Northern California district, and  pundits are calling him the favorite to win. But Brown does not feel sheepish at all about spending this week learning the ropes for a job he may never hold. "It epitomizes the very strong optimism he has," Stenhouse said.

-- Patrick McGreevy