John Garamendi names campaign staffers

Though he may have been “checking out” the possibility of running for the 10th Congressional District seat that Ellen Tauscher presumably is about to vacate, Lt. Gov. John Garamendi seemed to be moving on with his 2010 gubernatorial bid today as he rolled out some campaign staff announcements.

San Francisco-based syndicated progressive talk-radio host Peter Collins, 55, will be the Garamendi for Governor campaign’s “messaging and communications” consultant; Collins, whose radio career stretches back 27 years, has done similar campaign work in the past for Nancy Pelosi, John Vasconcellos, Pete McCloskey and Michael Yaki.

And Brian Young — who from 1995 though 2000 was the Democratic National Committee’s information-services director — will be the Garamendi campaign’s chief techology officer, overseeing all online services and strategy. Young has worked for Sun Microsystems in the Bay Area and oversees, as well as doing technical consulting for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund in Washington, D.C.

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.

  • RR

    Wow, Collins has quite a track record! All losers except Speaker Nancy P. and She Who Must Be Obeyed probably didn’t need his help. Young is even less impressive.