Word of the council’s decision leaked out a few days ago although it was interesting to learn that the council also interviewed Lt. Governor John Garamendi, who has expressed serious interest in the race but has not officially said he would run.
DeSaulnier has been extraordinarily successful in locking down early endorsements in this race to replace Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who is still waiting official U.S. Senate confirmation of her new job as Under Secretary for Arms Control. A special election will be held later this year after Tauscher resigns.
DeSaulnier already has the blessing of Tauscher and Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, as well as the support of the Contra Costa Building Trades. While these endorsements cannot guarantee victory, they can translate into both campaign dollars and boots on the ground when it comes time to walk precincts and conduct get-out-the-vote activities.
Here is the council’s full statement:
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL ENDORSES DESAULNIER FOR CONGRESS
MARTINEZ, CA – The Contra Costa County Central Labor Council has unanimously endorsed Senator Mark DeSaulnier for California’s 10th Congressional District.
DeSaulnier seeks to succeed Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher should the seat become available.
In a special meeting, assembled delegates of the Council’s more than 90 affiliated unions heard from potential candidates. Senator DeSaulnier and Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi spoke to the assembled representatives before the vote.
Recounting the presentations from the potential candidates, Pam Aguilar, Executive Director of the Council remarked, “Mark understands the needs of workers in this district and has always fought to
maintain the wages and working conditions of the moms and dads trying to keep the mortgage current and food on the table.
“He knows that stronger workers in Contra Costa, Alameda and Solano mean stronger communities and a better economy for all Americans. We are confident that he will put those values to work in Washington.”
DeSaulnier was appreciative of the endorsement. “Sometimes the status quo is the most powerful lobbyist there is, and with the collective power of the Contra Costa Central Labor Council, I have
brought forth meaningful legislation to help workers and hope to do more in Washington,” DeSaulnier said. “In these tough times, it is important not to forget the people who keep our economy moving, and I will not leave them behind.”
The Central Labor Council, a strong supporter of DeSaulnier during his campaigns for County Board of Supervisors and the State Senate and Assembly, represents more than 80,000 workers in Contra Costa County.
The 10th District includes the Contra Costa communities of Antioch, El Cerrito, Walnut Creek, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, and part of Concord.
To date, DeSaulnier is the only potential candidate for the 10th Congressional District to receive public endorsements. The Central Labor Council joins the Contra Costa Building Trades Council, Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, Congressman George Miller, California Senate President Pro Tempore
Darrell Steinberg, and State Assemblymember Tom Torlakson in endorsing DeSaulnier’s potential run for Congress.