I confess, when I first heard this news, I thought, “What does Esquire magazine have against Rep. Ellen Tauscher?”
The magazine released its 2008 endorsement recommendations for California and it chose long-shot Republican challenger Nick Gerber over incumbent Democratic Rep. Tauscher. Here’s what the magazine said:
Tauscher seems often to be caught between her Wall Street background and her party’s policy goals. It leads to friction in Washington and at home. Her opponent, successful investor Nicholas Gerber, blends the district’s liberal and entrepreneurial values.
Esquire endorses: Gerber
“Liberal and entrepreneurial” values?
Okay, entrepreneurial is probably accurate. I have no reason to question Gerber’s professional background.
But liberal? True, he’s pro-choice but he is also a former Libertarian.
I seriously doubt that liberals in this heavily Democratic district who chafe at some of Tauscher’s moderate positions will find Gerber an acceptable alternative. If you are curious about his positions, you can read them on the issues page of his website.
I have no idea what information Esquire used to make its endorsement decision. Gerber says the magazine never contacted him.
The magazine also named two Californians among its choices for top 10 worst members of Congress –Democrat reps. Pete Stark of Fremont and Joe Baca of San Bernardino.