An Ace In The Hole For The California Gop?

Back in 1986, it was hard to miss Dick Rutan. Together with co-pilot Jeana Yeager, Rutan circled the globe in the spindly Voyager aircraft, flying for nine days without stopping or refueling. The feat landed Rutan in the Guinness Book of World Records and won him a trophy from the National Air & Space Museum. But after exchanging his flight suit for a politician's pinstripes, the lanky, 54-year-old former Air Force fighter pilot is fighting a headwind in his latest mission: to unseat one of the House of Representatives' most wily survivors, Science Committee Chairman George E. Brown Jr. of California.

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