EMILY’s List endorses Buchanan

Joan Buchanan

Joan Buchanan

EMILY’s List, the largest national advocacy and fundraising organization for pro-choice women running for political office, has endorsed Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, in the 10th Congressional District race.

The endorsement is not entirely a surprise as Buchanan is the only woman in the field of five Democrats seeking to replace Ellen Tauscher, who was appointed earlier this year as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security.

But Buchanan’s EMILY’s List endorsement was not a slam dunk. Some local EMILY’s List activists support other Democrats on the tickets.

Tauscher, who was both a recipient of EMILY’s List largesse and a huge supporter of its successful program, has endorsed state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier. So have a number of other local elected women including Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto,  state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley and Orinda Councilwoman Amy Worth. These women DeSaulnier has a strong record on women’s issues.

Unlike a typical endorsement which may bring with it a few votes or a headline, EMILY’s List support translates into cash. “EMILY” stands for Early Money Is Like Yeast, meaning that cash helps women candidates grow the financial wherewithal to run successful campaigns.

Read more for the full statement from EMILY’s List:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest financial resource for women candidates, today announced its endorsement of Joan Buchanan in the special election to replace former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher in California’s 10th congressional district.  Tauscher was recently confirmed as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security in the Obama administration.

“Joan Buchanan is an effective leader with proven experience in both the public and private sector,” said Ellen R. Malcolm, president of EMILY’s List.  “She has a strong record of fiscal responsibility and success in progressive public policy.  In the state assembly, school board and boardroom alike, Joan has consistently taken on tough situations and turned them around.  EMILY’s List is proud to endorse Joan Buchanan to replace Ellen Tauscher in the special election for California’s 10th congressional district.”

Throughout her career, Joan has always been a strong voice for fiscal responsibility. Prior to her work in the State Assembly, Joan worked at Delta Dental, where she was one of the fastest rising women in the company eventually becoming Director of Commercial Operations.  In that senior position, Joan worked to cut costs and improve the quality of care for customers.

“I am honored to have earned the EMILY’s List endorsement,” said Buchanan.  “Their members’ support from California and all over the country will help me communicate my message and turn out our targeted voters on Election Day.”

Joan left the business world to raise her five children and quickly became a prominent member of her community serving on the San Ramon Valley School Board for twenty years, including four terms as its president. Under her leadership, the San Ramon Valley School district achieved a 94% college attendance rate amongst students and ranked among the top 5% of all school districts in California. When Joan left the school board in 2008, the district had built an $11 million rainy day fund-a significant turnaround from the district’s $7 million deficit when Buchanan was first elected.

EMILY’s List is the nation’s largest financial resource for women candidates. In the 2007-2008 cycle, EMILY’s List raised more than $43 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With more than 100,000 members across the country, EMILY’s List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List has worked to elect 80 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 15 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices.

For more information on EMILY’s List and Joan Buchanan please visit: http://emilyslist.org/profiles/buchanan/

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • DavidB

    This is big. BTW, Does anyone know if Mark DeSaulnier has released any credible polling? I keep reading that he is a front runner, but have not seen proof of it. Pls advise if he has a poll I’ve missed.

  • Elwood

    Here is the complete text of their endorsement:

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah and she has internal genitalia!

  • BJD


    Polling really means nothing coming from candidate camps. DeSaulnier leads in local endorsements and has been a front runner since putting his name in the race, the local labor endorsements equal “boots on the ground”. Garamendi leads in national/international labor endorsements which equals “crap load of money” and since entering the race has really challenged DeSaulnier for “front runner” status.

    Elwood, no brainer, huh? I don’t know of any man endorsed by Emily’s list. Buchanan’s campaign is deep in debt and her fundraising totals are low compared to the two men mentioned above.

  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    EDITORIAL CORRECTION: Buchanan is the only woman in the field of 11 major party candidates, and one of only 2 women if the entire 14 candidate field.

  • Brian Dawson, Guest Pirate

    She is the only woman in the “race”, though other woman are running for the seat.

  • REW

    Buchanon has been a legislator only briefly, that’s why she has garnered so few endorsements. She’s failed to get the support of George Miller, Nancy Pelosi, Tom Torlakson, nor has she gotten many other political leaders to back her, such as local city council people, and so on. You can surmise they are not supporting her because she hasn’t labored in the fields for very long, she’s just too green. Additionally, she has hardly been a strong friend of orginized labor, which plays an important role in bay area Congressional races. Loacl political leaders generally support the person they think can be most effective, who can bring public money to the district for transportation, and all these other needs. Given that Buchanon has barely leaned the ropes in Sacramento, it’s hard to argue she would be as effective as State Senator DeSaulnier.

  • Mike F.

    Well let’s hear what she’s got to say before we count her out. What ideas does she have? Making big promises to unions doesn’t impress me, nor do endorsements from who’s who. Her signs say “Less Talk. More Action.” I want to hear what is the “action.” Just because she’s green doesn’t mean she can’t do a good job; President Obama didn’t wait in line. Maybe “green” candidates have what we need, instead of the ” iron buddy network” that gives us more of the same.

  • Elwood

    “Buchanon has been a legislator only briefly”. Considering the performance of the leg. this should be a plus for Buchanon’s campaign. She can claim ignorance, which would be a difficult plea for longtime incumbents such as Marky Mark to cop.

    The reason, strangely believe it, that Marky Mark, the recent Republican, gets the nod from the dimmiecrat machine is that he is now part of it.

    If you think everything is going just great, vote for Marky Mark, the machine candidate.

  • Elwood

    Congratulations to Marky Mark, far and away the favorite of the special interests:

    “State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier can lay claim to having raised the highest percentage of money from political action committees” –SacBee

  • BJD


    Garamendi is just as much a darling of special interests as is Mark.

  • Arne Simonsen

    Why is this newsworthy? They only endorse women anyway.

  • Elwood

    “Garamendi is just as much a darling of special interests as is Mark.”–BJD

    Easy for you to say.

    The numbers say otherwise.

    Read my post. Then check out what the SacBee says. Next you’ll be telling us that the Bee is in the bag for Garamendi. If the facts don’t support your argument, make up some new facts!

  • Mike F.

    Well, Marky Mark is part of the Contra Costa machine, so he’s ours. Garamendi should seek other office – oh, I forgot he already is – spin that political wheel of fortune.

  • bjd

    Elwood, you’re one anger dude.

    PAC money doesn’t mean special interest. I have a PAC and I am not “special”. You can have one too! That means he is the PAC darling. I really hope you aren’t harping on M.D. because he raised a whole 24 thousand more than J.G. through PAC’s…. that’s a real HUGE difference.

    Garamendi is totally free of Special interest influence, unlike Marky Marky. Make sure to tell that to the following:

    California Labor Federation
    Alameda Central Labor Council
    American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local #3299
    Bay Area Union Labor Party
    California Federation of Teachers
    California Nurses Association
    California School Employees Assoc.
    California Teachers Association
    Communication Workers of America
    Democratic Activists for Disabilities Issues (DADI)
    International Union of Operating Engineers Local #12
    International Union of Operating Engineers Local #3
    International Union of Painters & Allied Trades
    Iron Workers – District Council
    Laborers Local #185
    Laborers Local #304
    Laborers Local #324
    LIUNA: Laborers International Union of North America
    Napa-Solano Central Labor Council
    Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 29
    Sacramento Central Labor Council
    SEIU California State Council
    Teamsters #150
    Teamsters #350
    UFCW: United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 5
    UFCW: United Food & Commercial Workers, Western States Council

    Also, I don’t think the sacbee is in the bag for Garamendi, I just think it’s a crap newspaper, but hey, if the SacBee says it so, it’s freaking so, huh?

    The Sacbee may not be in the bag for Garamendi but you sure seem to be. You have the right to your own opinion, Elwood, not your own facts. All I was saying is that no one Democrat is worse than another when it comes to “special interest” support. They are all equally guilty.

    Note to self: Agree with Elwood or he will call you stupid or say you make up facts or something else out of the Rove handbook on how to make friends.

  • Elwood

    Nice rant.

    Feel better now?

    Facts are still facts.

    If you don’t like them I’m sorry.

    I guess I touched your little hot button. Anger dude indeed.

  • bjd

    Nice retort.

  • Emmy

    I still don’t see what Joan has DONE to merit a promotion to Congress. If she is such a good negotiator and fiscal conservative, where was her voice during the budget fiasco? Even EMILY’s “endorsement” is silent on her accomplishments in Sacramento.

  • BJD


    I have to agree.

    Less talk, more running for another office.