Two days after Rep. George Miller announced he’ll retire at the end of 2014 after 40 years in the House, here’s the shakeout so far on who will and won’t try to succeed him in the 11th Congressional District:
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord: At almost the same instant Miller started his news conference in Richmond, DeSaulnier was telling a reporter in Sacramento that he would run; he issued his news release less than four hours later.
Walnut Creek Mayor Kristina Lawson: She’s “seriously considering” it.
Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo: “She’s still looking at what the options are,” spokeswoman Michelle Henry said Wednesday.
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord: She is “is focused on her upcoming re-election for state assembly and not considering a run for Congress,” spokesman Luis Quinonez said Wednesday.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson: Endorsed DeSaulnier on Tuesday.
Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia: Endorsed DeSaulnier on Wednesday.
Rep. John Garamendi, D-Fairfield: Won’t run for the seat next to his.
Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin: Won’t run.
Former airline pilot and “Hero on the Hudson” Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger of Danville: Won’t run.
Watch for Lisa Vorderbrueggen’s story this weekend reviewing the whole scrum in much more detail; stay tuned, as the landscape continues to shift.