CA15: DeSaulnier doesn’t recall endorsing Corbett

Corbett-DeSaulnierState Sen. Ellen Corbett announced on her Facebook page Monday that State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier had endorsed her in her campaign to unseat Rep. Eric Swalwell – and this came as news to DeSaulnier.

“I was actually surprised to see it, but having said that, I just talked to her and she says I signed a card eight months ago,” DeSaulnier, D-Concord, said Tuesday. “I don’t remember that.”

“This is a tough situation because they’re both friends, and (former Rep.) Ellen Tauscher is a very, very good friend and she’s supportive of Eric,” DeSaulnier added. “I need to talk to Ellen (Corbett) and see that card. … I think right now there definitely was a miscommunication, and it may be my fault.”

I had called DeSaulnier because it seemed odd that he would take a side in the 15th Congressional District’s intra-party battle between Corbett, D-San Leandro, and Swalwell, D-Pleasanton. DeSaulnier is now running to succeed George Miller in the 11th Congressional District, but still has one more year ahead of him working alongside Corbett, the state Senate Majority Leader.

The crystal ball says: Dual endorsement to come.

UPDATE @ 5:42 P.M.: DeSaulnier just called back to say he spoke with Corbett today, and he indeed is making a dual endorsement of both her and Swalwell.

UPDATE @ 5:52 P.M.: Corbett was completely on the up-and-up here. Her campaign just tweeted out this photo of the endorsement card with DeSaulnier’s signature:
endorsement card

Josh Richman

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  • Elwood

    The Corbett campaign reeks of desperation.

  • Willis James

    ” but (Desaulnier) still has one more year ahead of him working alongside Corbett, the state Senate Majority Leader.”

    Dual endorsement?

    I say he is nearly a lock in taking the Miller seat. He no longer has to worry about pleasing a legislator who is a long shot on making it to Washington where Desaulnier will have to deal with the congressman from the 15th District for years to come.

    I say no endorsement is the wise choice.

  • JohnW

    He’s managed to throw both Corbett and Swalwell under the bus. In her case, it’s “if I ever endorsed her, I forgot about it, never meant to and wouldn’t do it again.” In Eric’s case, it’s “well, I’m endorsing him on account of the other Ellen is my friend and supports him.”

    I imagine he will get a phone call from Nancy.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Corbett is a nothing-burger. Just ask Jerry the Gov.

  • Marga

    If DeSaulnier cannot recall endorsing someone in the last year, perhaps he doesn’t have the mental wherewithal to actually go to Congress. What else is he forgetting?

    Perhaps Ellen should run against HIM, rather than against Swalwell!

  • Odd to me that Ellen Corbett’s “campaign team” (since her staff are the only ones who tweet and post on Facebook for her) didn’t take a photo of the ENTIRE endorsement card, e.g., something that might include a date, etc.

    Hate to go all “Obama birth certificate” here, BUT WHERE’S THE LONG FORM ENDORSEMENT CARD?!

  • Marga

    That looks to me like the entire endorsement card. It doesn’t look like it had a date field, and, really, I don’t know why it would. It says “Ellen Corbet for Congress”, this is the first time she ran for Congress, so it’s not like it could be from a different election.

    In any case, Ellen was smart to get the signature in writing. There are TWO things that are inevitable in every election: that candidates will accuse each other of stealing their signs and that people will dispute endorsements they’ve given (or claim to have endorsements they don’t).

    But it really troubles me how badly DeSaulnier handled this. It doesn’t seem he has the political or mental chops to go to Washington. Corbett should really run against him.

  • Richard Woulfe

    Eric Swalwell has done nice job in the 15th district – so far – I can’t see voters kicking him out after a single term. Why would they do that? Swalwell is a hero in that district, he’s the guy that took out this odious Pete Stark character, Stark had been camped out in a Congressional seat for 40 years in the bay area, but he stayed in office only due to reapportionment and the closed primary – nobody could stand the guy, nobody I know, anyway. Only Swalwell had courage to take on Stark, voters will remember that and return him to Congress, I think

  • RRSenileColumnist

    This just in: Sources close to Pete Stark say Harry Bridges has endorsed Ellen Corbett. The same sources say Ralph Nader, Al Sharpton and Sol Alinsky will make their preference known shortly.

  • JohnW

    It’s “Saul Alinsky.” “Sol” would be his sun.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Thx Jon

  • CharliePeters

    Who supports GMO fuel in my gas tank?

    GMO fuel for the beef, in the Neslte water?

  • Elwood

    Neslte water?

    Whole post could use some ‘splainin’.

  • Elwood

    Take the rest of the day off, John.

  • JohnW

    I thought my comment was deserving of a drum roll.

  • @SLtalk:disqus, Ellen Corbett first began running for Congress in 2012 . . . with the intent of running in 2014. Or, perhaps, like Mark DeSaulnier, you forgot?

    I bet this signature was received back before Eric Swalwell defeated Pete Stark and she decided to release it now to box DeSaulnier in.

  • Marga

    You could look at her campaign disclosures and see when she had the cards printed, but my bet is that DeSaulnier signed it around the time of the California Convention last April, when Corbett was going around soliciting endorsements for that race.

    And while Corbett expressed her interest in running for Congress back, well, when I met her in 2006 – she didn’t announce she’d run in 2014 until about October 2012, when it was clear to everyone that Swalwell would win.

  • That timeline’s a fantasy.