swing state project blogger, james l, “sounds more like he’s focused on finding a rip cord”

CA-Gov, CA-10: Garamendi Considering Bid to Replace Tauscher

by: James L.

Mon Apr 06, 2009 at 4:32 PM EDT

With Ellen Tauscher set to join the State Department soon, it seems that her soon-to-be-vacant seat is drawing interest from a major player in California politics — Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, who is currently making a bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nod in 2010. From the Contra Costa Times:

[…] Lt. Gov. John Garamendi is looking at it – he lives on the edge of District 10 in Walnut Grove.

Garamendi called Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, a few days ago, although the congressman offered little encouragement. Miller reiterated his unflagging support for state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord.

Wait, isn’t Garamendi running for governor? Yeah, although reports of a faltering campaign circulated recently after one of his top campaign staffers quit.

In a statement late Friday, here is what Garamendi said: “A number of people suggested I consider this seat. Of course, I will check it out. As a former undersecretary of the interior, there is a lot of exciting work going on in Washington. Much is possible with Barack Obama.

“But I am focused on California and my campaign for governor.”

Sounds more like he’s focused on finding a ripcord.


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