A double endorsement?

chan.jpgSo, who does state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, want to succeed him: former Assemblywoman Wilma Chan of Alameda, or current Assemblywoman Loni Hancock of Berkeley?

I published a story earlier this week about how Chan is supporting the term-limits reform measure on next February’s ballot, even though its passage would doom her state Senate campaign by all but guaranteeing Perata one more term. Soon afterward, I got a call from Hancock’s campaign consultant, who noted the circa-2004 Perata quote I’d included: “Nothing has changed with my support for her (Chan, seeking the Senate seat) when I leave.”

hancock.jpgThe consultant said Perata now supports Hancock; this was repeated in a news release issued Tuesday on Hancock’s fundraising. Chan’s campaign Web site lists Perata among her endorsers, but it hasn’t been updated since March.

Perata’s spokesman said he’s too busy wrestling with the state budget impasse this week to say who he’s supporting.

Campaign finance reports indicate Chan’s campaign raised about $76,400 while spending about $9,800 in the first half of this year, bringing her war chest to more than $468,000 as of June 30. Hancock’s campaign in the same period raised almost $229,700 and spent just over $63,000, leaving her with about $185,600 on hand at mid-year. Chan was termed out of the Assembly last year; Hancock will be termed out next year — unless the term-limit reform measure passes, in which case she can seek more time in the Assembly.

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.

  • Melissa

    Perata did a 3-way endorsement of the 3 Demos in the Senate race that Ellen Corbet won. No reason why anyone should be surprised he endorsed both candidates for the 9th.