Lynn Woolsey endorses Hillary Clinton

woolsey.jpgRep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, today announced her endorsement of U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, for president; in doing so, she has disagreed with her fellow Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair, Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, who has cast her lot with U.S. Sen Barack Obama, D-Ill.

The eight-term congresswoman, in a news release, cited Clinton’s commitment to ending the war in Iraq as the top reason for her backing: “Hillary Clinton is the candidate with the strength and experience to bring about the change that California families need. I trust Hillary to end the war in Iraq, bring our troops home quickly and safely, and regain our nation’s standing around the world.”

Said Clinton: “I am honored to receive Lynn’s support. She has been a tireless fighter for working families and has led the effort to end the war in Iraq.”

Other local representatives supporting Clinton include Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo; Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo; and Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater — notably, perhaps the three greater Bay Area Democrat considered most centrist, while “Woolsey” and “centrist” are hardly ever spoken in the same sentence. Meanwhile, Lee is the only California member of Congress on Obama’s endorsement list; that choice also set her apart from her political mentor, longtime Congressman and current Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, who picked Clinton.

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.

  • New Big tech

    Senator Obama will make a Fine U.S. President.
    His views are correct with the type of change we need in America.

    With the exception, of him asking Hillary for advice, I support him 100%. Hillary is by far the worst democratic Candidate we have ever seen in politics…. Just look at her Imploding campaign. She is only where she is because she is married to Bill.

    Obama’s Iowa and New Hampshire foot soldiers are ready to roll and make sure that Senator Obama wins in both states so that he can sweep the Febuary 5th Primary.
    The independents and some Republicans are crossing lines. Both want a President with Fresh Idea’s.

    Obama has the support, he is truthful and credible.
    Go Big O in 08!

  • Bruce Carlton

    I’m not going to vote for anyone that will not submit to the Project Vote Smart “Political Courage Test.” I have been sending them contributions since there beginning. I can only think of one reason a Presidential Candidate would not be willing to answer the test questions!!!!!!!! They have something to hide!!!!
    Out of the three Democratic front runners the only one to answer the questions as of 12/21/07 was “JOHN EDWARDS.” I dislike the way the Corporate media gives him no publicity. Rarely does he get any coverage. Main stream media would have you think that Hilary and Obama were the only ones running for the Dems. They know if John gets elected, the days of a country for and by the Corporations will be dealt with!!!!!

    John Edwards in 08!

  • Sam Friedlander

    Rep. Woolsey has totally underestimated the abilities of Barack Obama and the will of the citizens she represents. Rep Woolsey’s support of Clinton is so upsetting ESPECIALLY since she has opposed the war. Hillary has compromised herself. So has Rep Woolsey.

    Here’s a good summary of the case for Obama.


    Here’s a summary of Obama’s stand on the issues.

    Lynn Woolsey has lost my confidence unless she corrects and reverses herself to support the will of citizens she represents. The arrogance is appalling and undemocratic.