AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventTenenbaum, 37, an attorney from Westlake Village, put his name on the ballot for the 24th Congressional District race on March 10, after learning that Gallegly was about to retire. Gallegly did announce his retirement. But, after realizing his last-minute announcement was about to touch off a bizarre political situation in which Tenenbaum – a Gallegly critic and a political unknown – would be the only GOP candidate, Gallegly decided not to retire after all. In recanting his retirement, Gallegly promised that if he wins this election, it will be his last. On Friday, Gallegly said that proclaiming himself a lame duck from the beginning of the campaign has not hurt his image or his local fundraising efforts. “We’ve been very up front and very honest with everyone on this,” Gallegly said. He said the $87,864 he raised between Jan. 31 and March 31 was mostly from unsolicited donations. Tenenbaum’s challenge, Gallegly said, has not been a factor in his efforts. “We give 100 percent in everything that we’ve done. We don’t let someone else establish how we run our campaign,” he said. Gallegly has about $1.1 million cash on hand, an aide said. Tenenbaum filed his statement of candidacy – a form that every new candidate must fill out within 15 days of raising or spending $5,000 – on April 3. He has until April 23 to designate a principal campaign committee and disclose his donations, according to the FEC. [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Despite his surprising decision to retire, then his change of his mind, Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, has raised nearly $90,000 for his 11th and final congressional race, according to campaign finance reports released Friday. Meanwhile, Michael Tenenbaum, Gallegly’s challenger for the GOP nomination, recently passed the $5,000 reporting threshold and is expected to file a campaign disclosure report within 15 days. On Friday, he said his campaign is financially healthy, but declined to talk dollars and cents. “I will make all the required disclosures under federal election law,” he said.