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Torlakson endorses Piepho for county supervisor

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, May 2nd, 2008 at 5:59 pm in 2008 June primary, California Legislature, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics.

In a bipartisan move, Democratic state Sen. Tom Torlakson of Antioch endorsed today the re-election bid of Republican and Contra Costa County Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho.

Piepho is running against soon-to-be-termed-out GOP Assemblyman Guy Houston, her former boss and mentor.

“Mary and I don’t see eye-to-eye on all fiscal policies but I see her reaching out,” Torlakson said. “I’ve worked well with her on a number of things and I think she’s focused on getting things done and not staying in an ideological box.”

As examples, Torlakson cited Piepho’s support for his bills that would have levied a small fee on divorce and other official filings to help pay for domestic violence prevention programs. She supported his proposal to raise the real estate transaction fee to pay for a housing trust fund. And she endorsed his successful bill to double fines on Vasco Road, a stretch of highway riddled with accidents.

Houston did not support either the housing trust fund or the domestic violence funding bills, Torlakson said.

The senator also disapproves of Houston’s decision to run against a woman who not only worked for the Assemblyman but was also recruited by Houston to run for county supervisor and state Assembly.

“Mary is there, doing the job and she deserves to be re-elected,” Torlakson said. “Some people may have gripes about this or that, but I was a (Contra Costa County) supervisor for 16 years and you can’t please people all the time. ”

The senator has prepared an endorsement letter that Piepho will use in her campaign materials.

Torlakson’s endorsement will no doubt further alienate fiscal hawks who argue that Piepho is not fiscally conservative enough for their tastes and have thrown their support behind Houston.

But she was unlikely to win their votes anyway, and Torlakson is a very popular lawmaker in Contra Costa County. His support could help bring moderates of both parties into her camp.
Torlakson also terms out this year. He is running for a third term in the state Assembly prior to a run at statewide office in 2010, the state superintendent of public instruction. (Prior to serving eight years in the state Senate, he served only two of the three maximum terms in the Assembly allowed under term limits.)

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  • Renegade GOP

    Looks like Mary never met a fee/tax/pay-raise increase she did not like.

  • Renegade GOP

    Looks like Mary never met a fee/tax/pay-raise increase she did not like.

  • Arne Simonsen

    I am not surprised by Senator Tom Torlakson’s endorsement of Supervisor Mary Piepho.

    Like Mary, Tom and I have serious disagreements on fiscal issues; yet Tom and I have worked very well on issues in which we both have a common belief. And through all this, Tom and I have a very cordial relationship, just as I do with his staff.

    “Renegade GOP’s” posting is typical of the “all or nothing” ultra right-wing of the Republican Party.

    Torlakson’s endorsement of Mary combined with the Contra Costa Times’ endorsement bolds well for the work Mary has been doing and will continue to do on the Board of Supervisors.

  • Arne Simonsen

    I am not surprised by Senator Tom Torlakson’s endorsement of Supervisor Mary Piepho.

    Like Mary, Tom and I have serious disagreements on fiscal issues; yet Tom and I have worked very well on issues in which we both have a common belief. And through all this, Tom and I have a very cordial relationship, just as I do with his staff.

    “Renegade GOP’s” posting is typical of the “all or nothing” ultra right-wing of the Republican Party.

    Torlakson’s endorsement of Mary combined with the Contra Costa Times’ endorsement bolds well for the work Mary has been doing and will continue to do on the Board of Supervisors.

  • Renegade GOP

    Yes the moderate Arne Simonson! With his token picture of him and Barbara Boxer on his failed state assembly campaign website and now his professed love of Tom Torlakson. Please Arne!! Take off that old bomber jacket and look in the mirror. Don’t you serve on the failed Contra Costa Republican Central Committee? That is a place where litmus tests for ideological purity are the order of the day. Check with anyone locally who did not vote for Caesar Del Baccaro for Cal GOP State Vice Chair. They get a real warm welcome at central committee meetings.

    Yes Mary Piepho has been a failure as a Republican and as a supervisor. She has been a strident voice for issues that don’t matter and a go along to get along voice on the Board of supervisors. It is an interesting question why is Tom Torlakson not endorsing the Democrat Steve Thomas in the race? Torlakson is a consummate politician. He is probably the best politician the county has produced since former Contra Costa Supervisor James P. Kenny. Maybe the reason is Torlakson is helping Piepho is to keep the status quo in Martinez. There would be a lot of political good will for Torlakson in Martinez and union land for helping Piepho.

    As Mary is moving left maybe she will follow former supervisor and Republican Mark DeSaulnier into the Democratic Party, based on her positions that would be a logical direction for her.

    As for my ideological direction, you need to go back and read more of my posts. I love Contra Costa County and all of the political characters it has produced. Just to get the record straight I have a special disgust for the current GOP and the far right and how they have ruined the GOP.

  • Renegade GOP

    Yes the moderate Arne Simonson! With his token picture of him and Barbara Boxer on his failed state assembly campaign website and now his professed love of Tom Torlakson. Please Arne!! Take off that old bomber jacket and look in the mirror. Don’t you serve on the failed Contra Costa Republican Central Committee? That is a place where litmus tests for ideological purity are the order of the day. Check with anyone locally who did not vote for Caesar Del Baccaro for Cal GOP State Vice Chair. They get a real warm welcome at central committee meetings.

    Yes Mary Piepho has been a failure as a Republican and as a supervisor. She has been a strident voice for issues that don’t matter and a go along to get along voice on the Board of supervisors. It is an interesting question why is Tom Torlakson not endorsing the Democrat Steve Thomas in the race? Torlakson is a consummate politician. He is probably the best politician the county has produced since former Contra Costa Supervisor James P. Kenny. Maybe the reason is Torlakson is helping Piepho is to keep the status quo in Martinez. There would be a lot of political good will for Torlakson in Martinez and union land for helping Piepho.

    As Mary is moving left maybe she will follow former supervisor and Republican Mark DeSaulnier into the Democratic Party, based on her positions that would be a logical direction for her.

    As for my ideological direction, you need to go back and read more of my posts. I love Contra Costa County and all of the political characters it has produced. Just to get the record straight I have a special disgust for the current GOP and the far right and how they have ruined the GOP.

  • Arne Simonsen

    Renegade GOP, you are funny! You labeled me a “moderate”, but in fact I am a fiscal conservative and social moderate. So, the two of us might just be on the same page. The only difference is that I try to work with people whom I may disagree, as opposed to denegrating them publicly.

    Yes, I have read the majority of your previous posts, which seem to all be highly critical of the CCRP and Tom Del Beccaro in particular. Yert it was under Tom’s leadership that the CCRP actually came back to life.

    There is no “litmus” test at the CCRP; but there are those who want to create one, as evidenced by the number of candidates in several of the Districts for the CCRP. It is that “litmus” test which will once again relegate the CCRP to insignificance and drive away social moderate Republicans.

    You should have no fear of Mary Piepho changing her party registration. She is a dyed-in-the-wool Republican through and through; and I do NOT mean a right-wing Republican.

    For a reality check, in AD-11 Democrat registration is twice that of Republicans.

    And unlike the Democrats who are heavily financed by the unions in Contra Costa County, the Republicans rely largely on individual contributions.

  • Arne Simonsen

    Renegade GOP, you are funny! You labeled me a “moderate”, but in fact I am a fiscal conservative and social moderate. So, the two of us might just be on the same page. The only difference is that I try to work with people whom I may disagree, as opposed to denegrating them publicly.

    Yes, I have read the majority of your previous posts, which seem to all be highly critical of the CCRP and Tom Del Beccaro in particular. Yert it was under Tom’s leadership that the CCRP actually came back to life.

    There is no “litmus” test at the CCRP; but there are those who want to create one, as evidenced by the number of candidates in several of the Districts for the CCRP. It is that “litmus” test which will once again relegate the CCRP to insignificance and drive away social moderate Republicans.

    You should have no fear of Mary Piepho changing her party registration. She is a dyed-in-the-wool Republican through and through; and I do NOT mean a right-wing Republican.

    For a reality check, in AD-11 Democrat registration is twice that of Republicans.

    And unlike the Democrats who are heavily financed by the unions in Contra Costa County, the Republicans rely largely on individual contributions.

  • Kn Hambrick

    Arne, Arne, Arne! It’s time you stopped calling anyone who doesn’t agree with you the “all or nothing” ultra right-wing of the Republican Party.

    I certainly am a “moderate” Republican although there doesn’t seem to be much success in being either a moderate or right-wing Republican these days.

    But come on, you have to admit that accepting Torlakson’s endorsement is a move toward the left as was the hiring of Tomi Van de Brooke who defected from the Republican to Democrat party as her Chief of Staff.

    You can rationalize all you want that she is a “dyed-in-the-wool Republican through and through”. Her actions speak louder than your protestations.

    As I said in a message to our tax group, now we are learning her true color is blue, not red. I can only conclude that she is accepting this endorsement in an act of desperation. Don’t be surprised if, by some miracle she is re-elected, that she pulls a DeSaulnier on us and changes her registration to Democrat.

    Besides being an inept financial manager, Mary is now teetering on the edge of flipping parties. Oh well, unfortunately that worked well for DeSaulnier and maybe her new political stance, if not yet actual defection, will work a miracle for her.

  • Kn Hambrick

    Arne, Arne, Arne! It’s time you stopped calling anyone who doesn’t agree with you the “all or nothing” ultra right-wing of the Republican Party.

    I certainly am a “moderate” Republican although there doesn’t seem to be much success in being either a moderate or right-wing Republican these days.

    But come on, you have to admit that accepting Torlakson’s endorsement is a move toward the left as was the hiring of Tomi Van de Brooke who defected from the Republican to Democrat party as her Chief of Staff.

    You can rationalize all you want that she is a “dyed-in-the-wool Republican through and through”. Her actions speak louder than your protestations.

    As I said in a message to our tax group, now we are learning her true color is blue, not red. I can only conclude that she is accepting this endorsement in an act of desperation. Don’t be surprised if, by some miracle she is re-elected, that she pulls a DeSaulnier on us and changes her registration to Democrat.

    Besides being an inept financial manager, Mary is now teetering on the edge of flipping parties. Oh well, unfortunately that worked well for DeSaulnier and maybe her new political stance, if not yet actual defection, will work a miracle for her.

  • Dman

    Unlike other politicians, Mr. Glover doesn’t like to showboat — to his detriment. Check out his website federalgloverdelivers.com to get a sense of all that he has done.
    The real story here — and Lisa V. help yourself to the idea — is why Torlakson isn’t endorsing Glover. I think what you’ll find is that — despite what some writers on this blog like to pontificate — Glover is far from being in labor’s pocket…and maybe that’s why Torlakson (and you can say the same about his twin Mark DeSaulnier) is willing to play labor’s game and not endorse Glover even though he’s a fellow Democrat and basically the same guy he backed in earlier races.
    Something stinks and it ain’t Glover.

  • Dman

    Unlike other politicians, Mr. Glover doesn’t like to showboat — to his detriment. Check out his website federalgloverdelivers.com to get a sense of all that he has done.
    The real story here — and Lisa V. help yourself to the idea — is why Torlakson isn’t endorsing Glover. I think what you’ll find is that — despite what some writers on this blog like to pontificate — Glover is far from being in labor’s pocket…and maybe that’s why Torlakson (and you can say the same about his twin Mark DeSaulnier) is willing to play labor’s game and not endorse Glover even though he’s a fellow Democrat and basically the same guy he backed in earlier races.
    Something stinks and it ain’t Glover.

  • t

    Thanks Arne!! I try to be funny and caustic!! You have a good heart and I enjoy giving you a hard time.

    That said Tom Torlakson does not endorse for nothing. And Piepho will have to give up something for his endorsement. The Godfather has his price. Hambrick is right she could do a Desaulnier and bolt to the Dems. In reality she probably would have a better political career as a Democrat in Contra Costa. Republicans have a much shorter shelf life.

  • t

    Thanks Arne!! I try to be funny and caustic!! You have a good heart and I enjoy giving you a hard time.

    That said Tom Torlakson does not endorse for nothing. And Piepho will have to give up something for his endorsement. The Godfather has his price. Hambrick is right she could do a Desaulnier and bolt to the Dems. In reality she probably would have a better political career as a Democrat in Contra Costa. Republicans have a much shorter shelf life.