who is jane harman? sf gate’s marinucci cranks the rumor mill

Rumor mill: Rep. Jane Harman as a 2010 Dem gov candidate?

Harman, who represents the 36th Congressional district — which includes the beach cities of Venice, Torrance, and Manhattan Beach — has been out front on issues like terrorism as chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence & Terrorism Risk Assessment.

So moderates argue she could have a strong shot in a general election — especially because she enjoys backing from key Democratic grassroots groups that include Jewish voters.

Downside: progressives say she’s too conservative for a primary win and political insiders correctly note that in California, even high profile Congressional types are rarely known outside their own districts.

Bottom line: we called Harman today to ask her directly about the rumors. She didn’t rule it out exactly — but she did address the buzz.

“My plan is to run for re-election to Congress…and I’m in the process of doing that. I don’t know where these rumors get started,” she said. “But it’s always flattering to be talked about in a good way.”

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