Not Adriel Hampton, apparently. Although Lt. Gov. John Garamendi yesterday entered the prospective race to succeed Rep. Ellen Tauscher (should she be confirmed to the high-ranking State Department post to which she has been nominated), and although state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, already has locked up a slew of labor and other endorsements (including Tauscher’s), Hampton — who says he’s the most progressive of the Democrats eager to run for the seat — today announced he the hiring of “a national fundraiser and assembly of a seasoned team of grassroots supporters.”
“This campaign is about the war of ideas,” Hampton said in his news release. “I’m taking a message of hope and progressive change to voters from Isleton to Livermore, and I’m excited to have a winning team at my side.”
The private investigator and former journalist said he has hired Kenneth S. Christensen, a partner in the Democratic DC-based firm Christensen & Associates Inc.; Christensen’s experience includes consulting presidential, gubernatorial, U.S. Senatorial, U.S. Congressional and statewide Democratic campaigns in over 40 states, and his firm boasts of having helped defeat six incumbent Republican Congressmen — including Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, felled in 2006 by Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.
Hampton said he also has on his team Meghan Harvey, a “well-known social media practitioner;” John Dunbar, “a data management specialist and veteran of several winning citywide and district races in San Francisco;” and “citizen engagement expert” Daniel Bevarly of Florida.
“This is a team that revels in taking down Goliaths, whether they be entranced bureaucratic systems or professional politicians,” Hampton said. “We are progressive, relentless, fearless.”