Garamendi will run in CD10

Lt. Governor John Garamendi

Lt. Governor John Garamendi

In a widely expected move, Democratic Lt. Gov. John Garamendi will drop out of the governor’s race this morning and announce plans to run for the seat of outgoing Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo.

Garamendi will hold two press events today — the first in Concord at 10:30 a.m. the One-Stop Employment Center and the second at 12:15 p.m. at similar venue in Fairfield.

Seven-term incumbent Tauscher has been appointed Undersecretary of Arms Control but she awaits U.S. Senate confirmation, which may not occur for weeks or months. Her replacement will be selected via a special election after she resigns.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Rich W

    Garamendi has zero ties to this district. He doesn’t know the voters, he doesn’t know the issues, he doesn’t know the local political leadership. In entering this race he’s not just a carpetbagger, he’s hovercrafting into the race. This is just a wacky decision by Garamendi. He’s clearly desperate for a job, any job, regardless of where it is.

  • Josh Richman

    Rich… I understand you prefer Mark DeSaulnier, but for the record, Garamendi’s not a carpetbagger – he lives in Walnut Grove, part of the tiny sliver of Sacramento County that falls within CD10.

  • Josh Richman

    I stand semi-corrected. Lisa found out today that the CD10 boundary runs across Garamendi’s property, so although part of his land is in the district, his house is not. Still, I think it would be hard to call him a carpetbagger under these circumstances.

  • Rick

    Josh, you’re clearly not from our district. He’s has no relationship here. He’s from Calaveras County, and he happens to have a home half of which was gerrymandered into District 10. A lawn doesn’t qualify as local ties. Do the people of Walnut Creek really think someone from Walnut Grove has any connection to their issues?

  • Josh Richman

    Rick, I’m not making a case for the strength of his ties to the district; I’m merely saying that “carpetbagger” — usually applied to someone who moves to a district or state from afar in order to seek office — might not be the best word to describe him.