Candidates to replace Lantos certified

The Secretary of State’s office today officially certified the five candidates who’ll compete in the April 8 special election to replace the late Rep. Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo. They are:

  • former state Senator Jackie Speier, Democrat
  • health policy expert Dr. Michelle McMurry, Democrat
  • San Francisco activist and retired businessman Barry Hermanson, Green
  • Atherton businessman and CPA Greg Conlon, Republican
  • Burlingame activist and retired businessman Mike Moloney, Republican
  • If one candidate receives a majority of the votes (50 percent plus one vote), no special general election will be held; that candidate will take the House seat for the rest of this term, through 2008’s end. If a special general election is necessary, it’ll be held June 3 — the same day as the regular primary election for that seat’s next term. Got it?

    Moloney — who ran against Lantos as a Libertarian in 1998 and as a Republican in 2002 and 2006, getting 5 percent, 25 percent and 24 percent of the vote, respectively — put out a news release Sunday in the form of an open letter to Conlon, Hermanson and McMurry:

    mike-moloney.jpgI feel very strongly that we should call the special election of April 8 to replace the late Tom Lantos off, and concede the seat to the princess Ms. Jackie Speier. By doing so, we will save the taxpayers of the 12th Congressional District approximately, $1,000.000 dollars. After all, the San Mateo and San Francisco county newspapers, pundits, and the political establishment have declared her a winner.

    She is been declared a winner, it is all a charade, and we are being used as puppets to give her crowning legitimacy. The local news media, will not sponsor a debate, will not demand a debate, and frankly they do not have the ability to ask the tough questions regarding foreign affairs. In other words, because of all the cutbacks in the news industry, and the consolidation of the news, the local reporters do not have the time to educate the people.

    In other words, is all a farce. Jackie Speier lays claim to the late congressman Tom Lantos’ seat. Tom Lantos, to the day of his depart was working to extricate the United States from Iraq, and to bring the troops home. Jackie Speier has absolutely no prior foreign policy experience, in fact, Tom Lantos said the same thing. Yet, what this Congressional race is all about is foreign policy. So you see why, I consider this whole process a waste of time. What do you think?

    I think: Unlikely.

    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.