CD10: Money+endorsements+infighting = politics

Your daily roundup, full of sound and fury, signfying… well, you’ll decide for yourself:

Democrat John Garamendi says his campaign finance report due tomorrow will show he raised $300,000 for the CD10 race from more than 350 donors in just a month and a half of campaigning, leaving him with $250,000 cash on hand ready to spend. “Our strong financial position reflects what my supporters have always known: I will never waver from the goals of creating quality sustainable jobs, demanding broad health care access, defending seniors, standing up for students, and fighting for working families,” Garamendi said in his news release.

Republican David Harmer announced today he has picked up the support of San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson, who’s plotting his own rematch with Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan in 2010. “Ending irresponsible congressional spending will be at the top of David’s agenda,” Wilson said in Harmer’s news release. “David’s business experience and grasp of the issues will be invaluable in Congress.”

Democrat Mark DeSaulnier today rolled out endorsements from all members of the Pleasant Hill City Council: Mayor Dr. Michael Harris, Vice Mayor Karen Mitchoff, and councilmembers David Durant, John Hanecak and Terri Williamson. Said Mitchoff, in DeSaulnier’s news release: “Mark will bring his real world experience working and representing the people of Pleasant Hill and the district to Congress. He is a problem-solver and a coalition-builder, and will work to bring about universal healthcare and economic reform.”

And, regarding what I wrote yesterday about internecine battles within the Contra Costa Republican Party over who to support and how, county GOP chairman Greg Poulos took time out from a family event (congratulations!) to call and tell me “the CCRP is not and has not endorsed anyone for CD10. We have certain individual members who have their individual preferences and have expressed them, which is not contrary to our bylaws.”

“Many of those who are claiming that we have (endorsed) know for a fact that we haven’t,” he added, then chalked it up to “ignorance on the part of some and sheer mischief-making on the part of others.”

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.

  • Arne Simonsen

    Josh, thanks for updating your blog with the call you had from CCRP Chair Greg Poulos. The CCRP By-Laws have specific rules about CCRP endorsements in Primary Elections where there is more than one Republican running.

  • I’m surprised that Garamendi didn’t burn up all $300,000 on his campaign signs! They are everywhere. But, that still doesn’t hide the fact that while he may talk about “change,” he offers none whatsoever. At a stop during his so-called Listening Tour at Las Positas College, he gave obvious answers to soft ball questions. You know how it goes… “Mr. Garamendi, what is your plan for Education?” Garamendi responds, “I’m glad you asked that question. Education is very important. Our Country’s future depends on the education of our children. Next question please.”

    It would be important to note that when I asked him if he was willing to make good on the promise to bring about change by drafting a bill that would cut funding for the military police actions in Iraq and Afghanistan and bring the troops home within six-months to ensure a safe and secure withdrawl, his answer might surprise some on the left, and maybe even the right.

    He said that while he was always against the war effort in Iraq, Afghanistan was a different story because Afghanistan shares a border with Pakistan, which has nukes. He even suggested that we will see an expanded effort along the border, and even inside the Country of Pakistan. He finished by answering the only question of the day directly saying, “So, no I would not draft such a bill.”

    Bring the troops home? Come on… that’s not the kind of “change” they were talking about.

  • Mike F.

    Mitchoff supports DeSaulnier, geez we didn’t see that coming, nor could I guess the same from the whole PH City Council. What a convincing statement of support too, maybe DeSaulnier will make an appearance at the next City Council meeting, just to update everyone on the State budget because we can’t get that from the newspapers. He’ll bring economic reform? Try more of the same – is he in favor of Stimulus 2? By the way PH Council, where was DeSaulnier in getting the flooding problem fixed in PH – not as County Sup. and now mostly likely not as a State rep., perhaps at the federal level. I guess that’s why we’ll need Stimulus 2 or at least an earmark in the next bill of opportunity. “Machine” support for the front runner – good work PH City Council – look for the return favor for your next campaign.