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Ellen Tauscher endorses Van de Brooke in Contra Costa race

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, March 30th, 2012 at 8:24 pm in 2012 primary election, Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics.

Tomi Van de Brooke

Ellen Tauscher

Free from the strictures imposed upon federal employees,  former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and former Democratic East Bay Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher has endorsed Tomi Van de Brooke for Contra Costa County supervisor.

Tauscher left her high-ranking post in February after serving three years with friend and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. A cancer survivor, Tauscher said she wanted to take time to do other things with her life. She remains a special envoy for the State Department and recently joined the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

One of those things Tauscher apparently wanted to do was help her friends back home with their elections. Tauscher will host a fund-raiser for Van de Brooke next week in Contra Costa County.

Van de Brooke, a Contra Costa Community College trustee and Orinda resident, is running in the June 5 election for the District 2 seat held by retiring Supervisor Gayle Uilkema of Lafayette. Also vying for the opening is Danville Mayor Candace Andersen and Lafayette solar expert Sean White.

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  • Common Tater

    It’s no surprise that one tax-and-spend liberal would endorse another tax-and-spend liberal. They’re PLAing with your money.

    It’s estimated that PLAs increase the cost of school construction by 20 percent. We can’t afford that these days. In fact, we can’t afford it any days.

  • Rick K.

    Won’t that socialite who bought her 1996 congressional election with millions of her hubby’s money please, please go away, perhaps to her Washington, D.C. mansion? Ellen Tauscher is a one-percenter and has never been shy about letting her constituents know that she is superior to thou. If Van de Brooke needs Ellen “Has Been”‘s help, then her campaign must be in serious trouble. I guess that Van de Brooke’s public union puppetmasters can’t deliver the election, so they have to dig up Tauscher to create some interest. Guess what? The people of Lamorinda, Walnut Creek and San Ramon Valley really don’t care what she thinks! “Common Tater” is on to a real issue — the construction unions want to defeat Andersen because Van de Brooke is much more likely to give them the “Project Labor Agreements” (PLA’s) that end up forcing the taxpayer to pay extra millions for public works.

  • Tony S.

    A moderate woman who supports families and peace – both through strength and an outlook for our long-term future well-being, supporting a similar woman (who also really cares for both families and women – is one who can be admired and respected and valued for those qualities. By-the-way, such are the ones who care for all men & women, young and senior, well-off and down-&-barely hanging-on. Ellen is to be applauded for endorsing a like-minded person.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Some dude is a solar expert? So am I. I’ve spent lots of time in the sun.

  • Mary S.

    Tony S sure sounds like Van D’s campaign manager. Family, women, seniors? Nice buzz words, but come on, we are electing a county supervisor. How about words like streets, roads, public safety, pensions – the things we actually need a county supervisor to focus on. Mayor Anderson from Danville is not only more experienced in real world problems but has actually run a city. Van D’s experience: a liberal democrat’s dream and sitting on the community college board.

  • Publius

    RE:#3

    Do you really think the endorsement for Van de Brooke is because they both want world peace and care for women?If that were true then Ellen should also endorse Van de Brookes opponent. It is nice to say but the fact that they both care for other people is not the reason for the endorsement. They both feed from the same troff; Big Labor, Big Government, Enviornmental Special Interest. Political ambition fed by our tax dollars. The endorsement says more about Tauscher than it does about Van de Brooke. Common Tater #1 said it right…They are PLAying with our tax dollars, and caving into special interest.

  • John W.

    I’m for Anderson, but I don’t get the attacks on Tauscher for the endorsement of Van de Brooke. They’re friends and fellow Dems. Big deal. Among the all-Democratic Bay Area U.S. House delegation, Tauscher was considered to be relatively moderate, with a private sector background. I’ve chatted a few times with the incumbent she defeated, Bill Baker. Nice guy. Eagle Scout. But, unlike the district, he’s arch-conservative. Co-hosted Rick Santorum’s visit to Alamo, as is his right. One person Tauscher hasn’t endorsed thus far is Eric Swalwell against Pete Stark. Kind of interesting since he was a junior member of her Congressional staff back in 2002. And Pete Stark is definitely to the left of Tauscher.

  • RR senile columnist

    Ms Andersen has spooky eyes. Tomi doesn’t. I choose Tomi.

  • John W.

    Re: #7

    Frightfully, there are millions in the electorate who make voting decisions based on stuff like that. We actually encourage them to “get out and vote.” You, RR, I’m quite sure, are not among them.

  • Elwood
  • John W.

    Re: #9

    Very funny! Cool song, too. Maybe the candidate should adopt it as her background music for campaign events.

  • James B.

    Van de Brooke claims to be a “progressive” and is endorsed by the local Democratic establishment, but a rumor is circulating that she was a registered Republican well into the George W. Bush years. Does anyone know what political parties she has been members of over the past 20 years and when exactly she hopped between parties and why?

  • Elwood

    @#12 James B.

    That info would be available at the County Clerk’s office.

  • Steve Weir

    The Office of County Supervisor is non-partisan. Tomi Van de Brooke registered in Contra Costa as a Republican in 2000. In 2006, she changed her party registration to Democratic.

    We are proofing ballots right now. Military and Overseas Voters (we have 2,399) can technically begin voting this Friday, April 6th. Everyone else can begin voting on Monday, May 7th.

    This primary election will be vastly different from previous primary elections. The office of President remains the same. It is now called a Party Nominated Office. There will be party specific ballots and the winner of each partisan contest goes on to face one-another at the General Election, November 6, 2012. (Previous rules allowed each party to permit “cross over” voting still remain in place. As of the deadline, Janaury 21, 2012, the American Independent and Democratic Parties opted to allow those who have no party preference such as decline-to-state or independent to vote in their Presidential Primary.)

    All other partisan offices (except Central Committees) are now called Voter Nominated Offices. They will appear on the same ballot. So, all 24 candidates for US Senate will be on the same ballot. Each candidate has been asked to state their “Party Preference” which will appear under their names. The “Top Two” vote getters will face off in the General Election.

    The new law governing this “Top Two Primary” require that the candidates provide us with their 10 year voter registration history which is to be published on the Secretary Of State’s web site. In addition, each party is allowed to provide a list of those candidates that they have endorsed, and that is to be published in our sample ballot.

  • Elwood

    “Tomi Van de Brooke registered in Contra Costa as a Republican in 2000. In 2006, she changed her party registration to Democratic.”

    Van de Brooke should work well with Senator Marky Mark of Concord, another recent Republican.