Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) alleged Monday that his Republican challenger in the Nov. 2 election did not vote during a period of more than 25 years.
Campaign aides for Schiff, the five-term congressman representing the 29th District, said first-time candidate John Colbert, 45, failed to vote in any election from the time he was 18 until 2008, when he was considering a run for public office.
"I think voters have a right to know that a candidate for Congress hasn't participated in the process until 2008," said Parke Skelton, a campaign consultant for Schiff.
Schiff campaign officials cited the Los Angeles County registrar of voters as the source for the information. A spokeswoman for the department said it may take days to confirm the allegation.
Colbert is an Altadena resident and former Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy who became an executive in the mid-1990s at Guidance Software, a computer forensics firm. He has said he was motivated to run because of recent laws that he believes hurt the economy, including healthcare reform.