Swanson endorses Clinton

swanson.jpgAssemblyman Sandré Swanson, D-Oakland, has announced his endorsement of U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., for president; he said so at the grand opening of her Northern California campaign headquarters in San Francisco.

“I am proud to support Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for President. She has a proven record of accomplishments and is rightfully respected for her strong leadership across the United States,” he said. “Hillary understands the issues facing America and has the strength and experience to tackle the big challenges from day one as President.”

senatorclinton.jpgThe Assembly Labor and Employment Committee chairman said Clinton’s priorities are consistent with his own, particularly her aims to strengthen the middle class, to provide affordable and accessible healthcare to all, and to create a viable strategy for ending the war in Iraq.

“I met with Senator Clinton personally and was deeply impressed by her commitment to peace and rejecting the Bush doctrine of preemption. Senator Clinton shares my passion for justice and equality in and outside of the workplace, as well as my deep commitment to improving access to healthcare. I will be urging my fellow Californians to join me in supporting Senator Clinton for her leadership on these issues,” Swanson said.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Swanson’s former bosses, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, eventually make the same choice; neither has endorsed a 2008 Democratic presidential candidate so far…

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.