Congressional candidate carries Olympic torch

Former astronaut Jose Hernandez, the Democratic candidate in California’s 10th Congressional District, carried the Olympic torch for half a kilometer through Bletchley, England at about 10 a.m. GMT (for us, about 3 a.m. this morning).

Carrying the torch was “an incredible honor,” Hernandez said in a statement issued a short while ago. “Few things better represent what is achievable through hard work, dedication and the will to succeed than the Olympic Games. Standing with our country’s greatest athletes, who come from different cultural, geographic and economic backgrounds to represent Team USA, filled me with an overwhelming sense of pride in our amazing country.”

Hernandez is running against Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock.

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.