Torlakson and AD11 fight

In the increasingly ugly Assembly District 11 campaign, a Pinole councilwoman says Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch, is pressuring her to withdraw her endorsement for Laura Canciamilla.

“His words were very careful chosen, but in reading between the the lines, he’s saying that if you don’t support our guy, we’re coming after you,” said Pinole Councilwoman Mary Horton. “I’m up for re-election in the fall.”

Torlakson is campaigning hard for Canciamilla’s chief opponent, Contra Costa County Supervisor Mark DeSaulnier.

But he vigorously denied that he threatened Horton, whom he has endorsed in the past and calls a friend.

“I called Mary because she’s a friend and I wanted her to know about the personal character attacks that the Canciamilla camp has launched against me and Mark,” Torlakson said. “I asked her to call me so we could talk about it. But she never called.”

For the rest of the story, read Saturday’s Contra Costa Times.