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Santa visits Tauscher early

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 at 2:30 pm in Ellen Tauscher.



Christmas has come a little early for former East Bay Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, now Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security in the U.S. State Department.

The U.S. Senate today in a vote of 71 to 26 ratified a new arms control treaty with Russia that will cap nuclear warheads and restart on-site weapons inspections. As the undersecretary over arms control who reports directly to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Tauscher played a key role in the treaty negotiations.

And earlier today, President Barack Obama signed legislation that ends a ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the U.S. military. Tauscher was the original cosponsor of the bill; she turned it over to Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., before she left Congress in 2009 for her new job.

Tauscher cannot, in her new position, comment on the military legislation she wrote, but sources say Murphy called her Saturday, and in a touching conversation, told the former legislator that the bill “wouldn’t have happened without her.”

Tauscher is under no such prohibition on the subject of the START treaty, although she made her statement as she recovers from esophageal cancer surgery performed earlier this month.

“I want to congratulate the United States Senate for providing its advice and consent to ratification of the new START Treaty,” she said in a statement issued by her office. “I want to commend the senators from both parties who worked to achieve this positive outcome for our country.”

She added, “The new START Treaty is another step that will help move the United States and Russia toward a world of mutual assured stability. This treaty will enhance cooperation with Russia and reinforce the global nuclear nonproliferation regime.”

Tauscher went on to praise a variety of leaders, saying  “The leadership of President (Barack) Obama, Vice President (Joe) Biden, Secretary (of State Hillary) Clinton, Secretary (Robert) Gates, Admiral (Mike) Mullen, and the Director of National Intelligence were indispensable. Once again, I want to thank the Senate for putting U.S. security first and voting for the new START Treaty.”

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  • Ralph Hoffmann

    I’m very proud to have known Ellen today, visited her at home in Alamo, and invited to her thank you party at Diablo Country Club. She succeeded in these accomplishments much out of the sight of the public.

  • John W

    Hope she keeps healing on her way to full recovery and resumption of her important professional work.

  • Common Tater



  • Ralph Hoffmann

    Common Tater, I can’t begin to mention all of the great and famous people I’ve known in my life. Sorry that the list doesn’t include you.

  • John W

    Re #4

    I once was at the urinal next to VP Hubert Humphrey. Does that count as knowing the great and famous?

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    Absolutely, John W. H. Horatio H. was one of the holders of the job “not worth a cup of warm spit.” Just as Biden will be famous for saying “That’s a big f***ing deal!”

  • Joe M.

    Ms. Tauscher is nothing more than a socialite who bought her way into public office — a “rich -itch”. She owes her current position merely to the fact that she is an “FOH” (Friend of Hillary). Doesn’t anyone remember that Tauscher won public office in 1996 claiming to be a “child care expert”? What did she do about child care policy once elected? Then she proudly was known as a “Wall Street Democrat.” What did Tauscher do in the public interest with her so-called Wall Street expertise? She championed and “cheerled” the laissez faire policies that led to the Great Recession. Did anyone ever hear Tauscher publicly proclaim at any time, “I know from working on Wall Street that the financial services bubble is over-inflated! We need regulation now!” Now Tauscher fancies herself to be a nuclear arms expert. God save us and the rest of the world if she messes this one up, too.

  • Common Tater

    Ralph, I’m happy that you can’t begin to mention all of the great and famous people you’ve known in your life.

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    Money alone doesn’t win elections as Meg, PG&E and Mercury Insurance proved last month. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.