California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi is asking around about the congressional seat that Rep. Ellen Tauscher, will vacate after secures her expected U.S. Senate confirmation for an under secretary position in the U.S. State Department.
Garamendi called Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, a few days ago and asked about the seat. Miller reiterated his unflagging support for state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord. Tauscher has already endorsed DeSaulnier, too, and my sources say that won’t change if Garamendi runs.
Wait? Isn’t Garamendi running for governor? Yep.
Here’s what Garamendi said in a statement his campaign sent me a few minutes ago:
“A number of people suggested I consider this seat. Of course, I will check out it out. As a former under secretary of the interior, there is a lot of exciting working on in Washington. Much is possible with Barack Obama. But I am focused on California and my campaign for governor.”
For his part, DeSaulnier says it would be a very interesting campaign to run against the lieutenant governor of California.
But it doesn’t scare him.
“People sure will remember me if I run against the lieutenant governor of California,” DeSaulnier said.