WHO exactly is ‘making it happen,’ Mrs. Emken?

Elizabeth Emken – last year’s unsuccessful challenger to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein – sent out a fundraising plea Tuesday saying her 2014 House race has become a toss-up.

And that’s true – but it has little to do with her.

Emken, 50, moved from Danville to Fair Oaks this summer in order to mount a campaign against freshman Rep. Ami Bera, D-Rancho Cordova. Here’s an excerpt from the fundraising solicitation she e-mailed out Wednesday:

Elizabeth Emken“We are making it happen! Last week, the respected Cook Political Report moved the race for California’s 7th Congressional District from ‘Lean Democrat’ to ‘Toss Up.’

“This is great momentum for our campaign and it’s in large part because of you and so many other supporters who’ve given contributions as small as $7 to the maximum amount of $2,600 – every bit matters.

“As the Republican nominee against Dianne Feinstein last year, we knew it was an uphill battle and even though Senator Feinstein outspent us 10-1, I pulled 45% of the vote in the 7th District.

“Liberal Congressman Ami Bera knows how strong I ran in the 7th and now he’s on the run – and Washington Insiders are taking notice.”

Cook did indeed move the 7th Congressional District race from “lean Democrat” to “toss-up.”

“In California’s 7th CD, the entry of former GOP Rep. Doug Ose, as expected, gives freshman Democratic Rep. Ami Bera his strongest opponent yet,” Cook political analyst and House editor Dave Wasserman wrote ni explaining the change last Thursday, two days after Ose declared his candidacy.

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.

  • Alocahead

    Rule #1: Never let facts get in the way of a good argument. 😉

  • Blue Collar Voter

    It took Ose almost a year to make up his mind to run, he wasn’t sure if he wanted to stay in the private sector or not. He also served in Congress previously, retired, and now – apparently – wants another chance to serve. This guy can’t seem to make up his mind, should I be in Congress or not? “To serve or not to serve, that is the question”. He’s kind of like Hamlet really, The best reason not to vote for this guy is he will probably retire from Congress after serving a couple of terms – if elected again, he’s already done that once, this Ose fellow seems a little unstable to me. Almost nutty, really.
    I think Emken – despite her status as a carpetbagger, could finish in top two. She will be the only top tier women candidate – she’s a very good candidate for any office really, got nice CV, looks great on campaign brochure. But I do think Ami Bera will be re-elected, he’s just terrific, tough, smart, everybody who meets the guy likes him. Republicans will not be able to pick this seat up, they are underestimating Bera. They are throwing away dollars going after Bera.

  • Rick K.

    Oh no. This shrill autism “advocate” just won’t go away. She just moves her carpetbags to the next vacant soapbox to push her agenda. Emken is like the Cindy Sheehan of Republicans. Like Ms. Sheehan, one hopes that she finds peace with her family tragedy some day, but repeatedly running for office on a single-issue agenda is just plain sad.