Tauscher endorses Clinton

tauscher2.jpgI’m on a conference call right now in which Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, has just announced her support of U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., in next year’s presidential race “because I believe that Hillary has the strength and experience to lead this country” and “can bring the war in Iraq to an end and begin to bring the troops home safely.”

Clinton responded that she’s well aware of Tauscher’s work — “Congresswoman Tauscher is viewed as a real leader on defense and security,” as well as transportation, energy and other issues — and is both “delighted to have her advising my campaign on national security issues” as well as looking forward to campaigning with her. “I know I’m going to need people like Ellen by my side to help face the challenges we confront.”

This isn’t surprising. Tauscher told me in March she was “very disposed toward Sen. Clinton, and part of that is that I have been a friend and a fan of hers for many years, and we have very similar kinds of points of view and we share very similar values, so that’s part of it. And, y’know, I’m talking to her about how things go, but I just want to see things emerge a little bit more.”

Today, Tauscher called Clinton “one of the warmest and funniest people I’ve ever met” as well as a brilliant litigator, speaker and policymaker. Clinton said she and Tauscher “have a lot in common,” having been professionals in male-dominated fields — law and investment banking, respectively — before entering public policy with like-minded concerns.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.