Sheriffs’ showdown over CD11 endorsements

Tony Amador – the former U.S. Marshal who’s seeking the Republican nomination to take on Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, in the 11th Congressional District next year – clearly is working his law enforcement ties for endorsements.

He sent out a news release today announcing his endorsement by Solano County Sheriff Gary Stanton, who said Amador “deserves our respect and admiration” for his work as U.S. Marshal such as helping to create a fugitive task force that worked with state and local authorities and helping to dole out assets seized from criminals to local law enforcement.

Amador yesterday had announced a similar endorsement from Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness, who called Amador a “proven leader who understands the need for cooperative relationships between federal, state and local governments and also knows when to stand tall.”

But neither Solano County nor Sacramento County falls within the 11th District – the latest numbers from the Secretary of State’s office show about 54 percent of the district’s registered voters are in San Joaquin County; about 24 percent are in Contra Costa County; about 15 percent are in Alameda County; and about 6 percent are in Santa Clara County. (If you’re looking only at registered Republicans, it’s almost 58 percent in San Joaquin, 24 percent in Contra Costa, 13 percent in Alameda County and 5 percent in Santa Clara County.)

Brad GoehringSan Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore endorsed Republican Brad Goehring of Clements for CD11 way back in September, saying the district “needs a congressman who knows the district, has lived in our district, and understands the needs of our district.” Amador recently moved to Lodi, in the district, after living in the Sacramento area for many years.

And Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren Rupf endorsed Goehring last month, calling him “a candidate that understands the nature of the law enforcement mission and the tools we need to accomplish it. I trust Brad to work with local law enforcement and to be a voice for fiscal sanity and job creation in Washington DC.”

UPDATE @ 3:22 P.M. THURSDAY: Today’s sheriff for Amador is Sheriff Mark Pazin of Merced County – also entirely outside the 11th District. “As U.S. Marshal, Tony Amador was there to help the people in 34 of California’s 58 counties. It’s time for us to help a man we respect,” Pazin said.

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.

  • Frank

    And that’s why Tony Amador can’t win in CD11, run in Sacramento/solano if that’s where you have support. What a joker.

  • stevefromsacto

    I’m so glad that the crime rate is so low in Sacramento and Solano Counties that McGinnis and Stanton can spend their time on politics–endorsing a guy who doesn’t even live in their counties.

  • David

    Josh, do you know if anyone is challenging Ahern for Alameda County Sheriff? I believe he’s up for reelection this year.

  • Josh Richman

    He is indeed up for re-election this year, after having been unopposed in 2006. I’m not aware that anyone’s planning to challenge him (not nearly so exciting as Contra Costa or Santa Clara, huh?) but the nomination period runs Feb. 16 through March 12, so there’s still time for someone to emerge.