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CA11: DeSaulnier’s endorsement blitz continues

My inbox cries out for mercy.

There have been only three business days in the past four weeks on which Mark DeSaulnier has not announced another endorsement in his bid to succeed Rep. George Miller in the 11th Congressional District.

DeSaulnierBetter safe than sorry? Sure, the Democratic state Senator from Concord thought he had punched his ticket to Washington in 2009 when Rep. Ellen Tauscher resigned to take a State Department post; despite having Tauscher’s and Miller’s endorsements, he lost that special election to fellow Democrat John Garamendi.

So ever since announcing his candidacy for this seat even as Miller was announcing his retirement, DeSaulnier has sought to flood the field. And those first few days of endorsements were important, as they included support from several people who were thought to be possible rivals for the seat, and from Miller himself.

Since then, other candidates have emerged: retired immigration judge Tue Phan of Danville; disability rights and employment advocate Cheryl Sudduth of El Sobrante; oil refinery employee Jason Ramey of Concord; Alameda Councilman Tony Daysog; and attorney Ki Ingersol of Benicia. The first is a Republican and the latter four are Democrats; Daysog and Ingersol live outside the district, though that’s no barrier to candidacy.

So DeSaulnier has kept cranking out the endorsements – other Democrats, labor unions, and many other non-surprises. Today’s might take the head-scratching record: “Former Massachusetts Governor and Democratic Presidential Nominee Mike Dukakis Endorses Mark DeSaulnier for Congress.”

“George Miller has been an extraordinary public servant and a leader in Congress who has stood up time and time again for middle class America. Mark will provide us with that same kind of inspired leadership,” Dukakis, the 1988 nominee, said in DeSaulnier’s news release.

DeSaulnier replied that “it’s an enormous honor to receive this endorsement from such a renowned an celebrated member of the Democratic Party. Governor Dukakis’ support means a great deal to me personally. I greatly admire his intelligence and determination, and few leaders have accomplished more over their career. I’m grateful for his support.”

Sure, some people remember Dukakis’ name, short as the American political memory might be, but how many votes will this sway in the 11th District, or how many rivals will it intimidate?

Whatever. I’ll stand by for Walter Mondale to weigh in.

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.

  • Willis James

    “Former Massachusetts Governor and Democratic Presidential NomineeMike Dukakis Endorses Mark DeSaulnier for Congress.”

    I now expect his campaign to tank.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Where do Jimmy Carter and Jesse Jackson stand?

  • Elwood

    Dukakis? Marky Mark has a sense of humor!

  • JohnW

    Maybe Dukakis can lend him his tank-driver helmet. Have to say that I may be the only person on this thread who likes Dukakis. I used to watch him on PBS before he got into politics, when he moderated the Advocates show. It was brilliant and non-partisan. Met him in person in 2008 when he spoke at St. Mary’s. I think he had a daughter in school there. But he was much more personable than the way he came across as a candidate.

  • JohnW

    Good one!

  • JohnW

    Sorry, I met to say “good one” in response to Willis James “to tank” comment.

  • Elwood

    I’ve been to a few rodeos, but the video of Mikey in his tank is seared into my memory.

  • Willis James

    I remember that show, the Advocates. It was great.

    I see where it says “Premiered October, 1969; conceived by Prof. Roger Fisher.”

    I seem to remember it years before that, but I guess I’m mistaken.
    As you indicated, brilliant and NON-PARTISAN..
    Imagine what such a show would be like today.
    Screaming and extreme with ill will.
    Tea Party types cheering and hissing in the audience.

  • George Sun

    I am a Democrat. But as long as a democrat votes for SCA-5 (Mike did), I will give my vote to the Republic candidate. How can I send someone to Congress who supports the racial discriminative mean-spirited bill to force the public education system to use race favorism in their admission?

  • Marga

    Dukakis’ endorsement is there to mollify old-time liberals, like me, who are distraught by having the old liberal giant George Miller replace by a former Republican. Sure, Miller moved to the right in recent years (and I personally moved out of the district), but it’s very sad and I’m sure there have been attempts to get some more liberal politicians to run against him.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    He’s getting on, but Mike Gorbachev could be persuaded to have a go. Is he “liberal” enough for y’all?