Who’s afraid of the big, bad Garamendi?

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.”

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.