Tauscher, Miller endorse DeSaulnier

Sen. Mark DeSaulnier

Sen. Mark DeSaulnier

Ending days of speculation, Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, has publicly endorsed state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, as her replacement in Congress.

“(DeSaulnier) is a seasoned, hardworking public servant who would do a great job,” Tauscher said.

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, has also thrown his support behind his longtime ally and friend.

“We have worked together at all levels of government and he is a tremendous advocate and representative for our constituents. He is a hard worker, has great integrity and will help move our country forward.”

Pending U.S. Senate confirmation, which could take weeks or months, Tauscher will leave Congress to take a position as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

Some predicted Tauscher would stay neutral on the matter of her successor given the federal vetting process and the likelihood that other Democrats she has supported in the past will run against DeSaulnier in the special election.

But Tauscher has served 13 years in Congress and it would have uncharacteristic for her to remain silent.

Tauscher’s blessing and that of the wildly popular Miller are a huge boost for DeSaulnier’s candidacy and may well dissuade potential opponents or at least dampen their fundraising prospects.

Other Democrats considering the seat include Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, former Assemblyman Joe Canciamilla, former BART Director Dan Richard, San Francisco City Attorney’s Office investigator Adriel Hampton and one-time Lafayette Mayor Scott Talon.

Republicans are interested, as well, despite the Democrats’ 18-point registration advantage in District 10. The district encompasses portions of central and eastern Contra Costa County, Lamorinda and portions of Alameda, Sacramento and Solano counties.

Among Republicans eying a run are Contra Costa Sheriff Warren Rupf, Fairfield City Councilwoman and Move America Forward Executive Director Catherine Moy, California Republican Party Vice Chairman Tom Del Beccaro and 2008 GOP congressional nominee Nick Gerber.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen