O’Malley earns high-profile endorsements



In a high-profile but partisan-flavored move, Democratic Reps. George Miller and John Garamendi have endorsed Contra Costa District Attorney candidate Dan O’Malley.

The District Attorney seat is nonpartisan but O’Malley is a Democrat and his opponent, Mark Peterson, is a Republican. Both parties view even nonpartisan posts as key to building a bench for partisan candidates and typically promote the candidates of their respective branches.

On the other hand, O’Malley has plenty of Republican endorsements including those of outgoing District Attorney Bob Kochly, Sheriff Warren Rupf, Supervisor Mary Piepho and former GOP state Sen. Richard Rainey.

Read through for the full press release:


Democratic Congressmen, Former US Attorneys Endorse O’Malley’s Vision For Change

Concord, CA — Candidate for District Attorney , Judge Dan O’Malley (ret.), is uniting Republicans and Democrats with his vision for change in Contra Costa County. Today, he announced new Democratic endorsements from Congressman George Miller (D – California’s 7th District) and Congressman John Garamendi (D – California’s 10th District), and Republican endorsements from John S. Herrington (former US Secretary of Energy), Joseph Russoniello, former United States Attorney for the Northern District of California, and McGregor Scott, former US Attorney for the Eastern District of California.

“Once again, I am so pleased to have the support and backing of such influential power-brokers as Democratic Congressmen Miller and Garamendi as well as notable Republicans Harrington, Russoniello and Scott, “O’Malley said in a statement.

“This is a non-partisan office, yet I am proud to have the support of both sides of the aisle. That’s exactly what this County needs: a candidate who can unite everyone and get the job done. There’s so much work we need to do to improve the county and the office of the District Attorney, and it requires everyone pulling in the same direction to achieve it.”

“I believe it’s a real testament to my vision for change in this great County that I am uniting both Democrats and Republicans with my plan, and I am so proud to acknowledge their support of me.”

This is not the first instance of dedicated Republicans throwing their support behind Former Judge Dan O’Malley. He has already been endorsed by other notable Republicans including Richard Rainey (former Assemblymember, Senator and Contra Costa County Sheriff), Supervisor Mary Piepho, current Contra Costa Sheriff Warren Rupf and San Ramon Mayor and Assembly candidate, Abram Wilson.

“It doesn’t matter what your personal politics are — whether you lean Democrat or Republican or neither. It’s about choosing the right person who can come in to the broken Office and turn things around; the person who will put greater emphasis on public safety; the person who will connect with the disenfranchised communities and treat victims of crime with dignity and respect. That is what I stand for.”

In his 23-year legal career, Judge Dan O’Malley (ret.) has been a Deputy District Attorney, a Superior Court Judge and a Managing Law Partner in a private practice. This wealth of experience brings a unique perspective: he has seen all sides of the law and many agree this perspective and his plan for change what sets him apart.

Absentee ballots are mailed out on October 4, with the County going to the polls on November 2.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • John W

    Another coin toss.

  • Rick K.

    I agree with John W. I really don’t care that a bunch of partisan elected officials have taken sides. May the “less evil” man win. Neither of these buffoons deserves the job. One went to law school at the University of Denver (never heard of it) and the other to John F. Kennedy University (a “basement tier” institution which isn’t even accredited by the American Bar Association). With morons like these clowns at the helm, it’s no wonder that our county, state and country are going to Hades. In a county with 1 million population, surely there is a potential D.A. out there who would be more competent than either of these incompetent hacks. Does anyone know if Elle Falahat, the third person on the ballot for Contra Costa D.A. in June, has endorsed either of them and, if so, why?

  • John W

    Rick K, I have to stand up for DU’s Sturm School of Law (Peterson’s alma mater). It’s not Harvard, but it is a highly rated law school established 1892 and fully accredited nationally. DU is a first-rate private university, established 1864 by the same man who founded top-notch Northwestern University. Condoleeza Rice earned her doctorate degree at DU and became Stanford Provost.

    I’m a Dem but leaning Peterson. Like his pugnacity, which I’ve personally observed in a murder trial. Also like his city council experience. All the bi-partisan establishment endorsements for O’Malley make me wonder whether that support is based on family and country club politics or based on merit. His dad was Contra Costa DA. His sister is Alameda DA. And his wife is chief judge of Contra Costa superior court. Seems like enough O’Malley influence for now. I’m inclined to go with Peterson. Can always vote him out in 4 years if it doesn’t work out.

  • Djundrcover

    Elle has endorsed Mark, she did that almost immediately after the primary. O’Malley can get as many endorsements as he wants, nothing changes the fact he is a defense attorney who tries to keep criminals out of jail. He is the “managing law partner” at a firm with three lawyers. Give me a break. The guy left and went to the dark side. Good luck coming back.

    Anyone who wants a peek at this guy’s ethics, head on over to east bay express for a glimpse into how O’Malley engages in backroom deals. He just cannot be trusted.

    Mark has been the true professional crime fighter as a prosecutor for 25 years.

  • Elwood

    “nothing changes the fact he is a defense attorney who tries to keep criminals out of jail.”

    All defense attorneys are evil?

    Who knew?

    We should probably do away with them.

    Think of all the money that could be saved by eliminating all criminal trials.

    We should probably do away with the judges too, particularly the ones who were once defense attorneys.

  • John W

    Re #5

    Yes, defense attorneys are vital to our system of justice. That’s why maybe O’Malley should remain one (assuming he’s good at it). Besides, it balances out the family: 1 prosecutor, 1 judge and 1 defense attorney. They could be their own TV show — Law & Order: East Bay.