DeSaulnier gains early support for congressional bid

Danville's state senator receives endorsements from assemblywoman, ex-congresswoman Monday

State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) continues to receive political support early on in his congressional bid.

DeSaulnier, who seeks to fill the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez), picked up an endorsement from ex-Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher on Monday -- the 10th public vote of confidence he's gotten from current or former elected officials since announcing his campaign last week.

No other candidates have publicly thrown their hat into the ring for the 11th Congressional District seat, which is up for election this year. Miller, 68, said on Jan. 13 he plans to retire after his current term -- his 20th in Congress.

"Mark DeSaulnier has always been a brave, forward-thinking and passionate fighter for the people he represents," Tauscher said in a statement. "Mark is deeply connected to the communities in the 11th District, and I'm confident he'll be a bold and progressive voice for them in Washington."

Tauscher, an Alamo Democrat, served in the House of Representatives for more than 12 years before resigning in 2009 to join the U.S. State Department. About half of her old district -- prior to redistricting in 2012 -- lies within the current 11th District.

"(Tauscher's) early support means a lot to me, and it underscores the fact that my campaign is off to a running start," DeSaulnier, 61, said. "Washington is broken and residents are tired of the obstructionism. If elected, I'll work hard, day and night, to advance pragmatic policies that reflect a pro-jobs, pro-middle class and pro-California agenda."

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), whose district includes part of the 11th Congressional District, also endorsed DeSaulnier on Monday, calling him a devoted visionary who "has been one of the most effective elected leaders to represent Contra Costa County in local and state government."

DeSaulnier previously served on the Concord City Council, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and California State Assembly.

To date, DeSaulnier has also received public endorsements from U.S. Reps. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Contra Costa County supervisors John Gioia and Federal Glover, and State Sens. Ellen Corbett (D-Hayward), Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and Lois Wolk (D-Davis).

This marks DeSaulnier's second bid for Congress.

He received several key endorsements, including from Tauscher and Miller, in 2009 when he entered the race to serve the old 10th District after Tauscher's resignation, but he lost in the special primary election. Fellow Democrat John Garamendi eventually won the seat.

DeSaulnier has served in the State Senate since 2008 and currently represents the 7th District, which consists of portions of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, including Danville.


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Posted by Tony
a resident of Diablo
on Jan 21, 2014 at 8:36 am

Oh goody, another hard -core lefty. The gift that keeps giving and giving . Aren't you getting tired of a one- party system, or is the economy working for you?

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Jan 21, 2014 at 8:53 am

Let's just call it what it is: The People's Democratic Republic of Calfornia. The more this state is controlled by the left the more it resembles European socialist countries.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jan 21, 2014 at 9:52 am

Oh yes it's like jumping out of the frying pan right (or I should say left) into the fire.

We will never learn...California is gone deep into a one party wacko state.

I totally agree with Tony and Louise...

Julia Pardini fro Alamo

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Posted by Lydia
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jan 21, 2014 at 9:54 am

The Republican Party needs to embrace the tea party and stop the bad-mouthing of them. The enemy is the Democratic Party. Period. They are all socialists lining their own pockets and destroying America.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Jan 21, 2014 at 9:58 am

I bet you guys hate the fact that once the Republicans lost the ability to gridlock State government and we got rid of the clown-in-chief governator the state budget is back in balance and we're able to start to chip away at the mass of debt run up under Arnold's typically Republican-style policies. Yes, business is thriving, real estate values are back and unemployment is down. The economy is working again, despite every effort the right wing has made to drag the state and nation back down into debt-ridden feudal backwaters.

Oh, wait, I forgot. Reality has a liberal bias. I guess you guys aren't even aware of what has happened in the real world over the past five years. Never mind. Carry on with your rants.

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Posted by Sierra Madre
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jan 21, 2014 at 11:03 am

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Posted by voter
a resident of Diablo
on Jan 22, 2014 at 8:23 am

I can already see the deficit increasing as De Saulnier trumpets his success in giving away more and more of OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY to his cronies.

Hmmm... does De Saulnier have any children needing jobs? Remember how George Miller supported an appalling development near Pittsburg because his son was working for the developer?

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Jan 22, 2014 at 9:35 am

What is Huh talking about? Back in balance! Based on what government sponsored statistics are you reading and believing. The only way the budget can remotely become balanced is on the backs of taxpayers and increasing taxes promoted by the Dems in control in Sacramento. Forget cutting spending or cutting back or giving incentives to businesses to stay and hire. No way. Last time I checked this state is run by Dems and was even when there was a Republican governor in office. I guess you don't remember. Oh, I forgot, "medical marijuana", it's now ok according to Obama.

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Posted by Tony
a resident of Diablo
on Jan 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Huh, your perception of reality has little if anything to do with facts. The "Governator" had to deal with overwhelming Democrat control of both Houses. Would you be happy if the Republican Party would be outlawed altogether so we could have an "ideal" socialist state? Try comparing our unemployment figures and budget balance with Texas which takes a different approach. Then tell me which works better.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Jan 22, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Well, a projected budget surplus, paying down California's debts, and even putting money into a "rainy-day" fund all sound like pretty decent fiscal accomplishments for the Democrats -- certainly more than we got under Arnold.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Jan 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

Tony, the democrats didn't make Arnold eliminate the decades-old vehicle registration tax which was due to be reinstated after being "temporarily" suspended because of unusually high revenues during the dot-com boom. That was a purely Republican cause, cheered on by the anti-tax claque.

And it blew a $5 billion per year hole in the state budget.

The "something for nothing" crowd who insist that taxes should always - always - be cut are ignorant of basic economic reality: we have to pay for the stuff we want: Schools, prisons (yes - a growing part of the state's budget) courts, CHP, highways, bridges, pollution control, etc. The tantrum throwers insist that they're "victims" - that all the tax money is going to other people. That's because they're childish and self-centered.

I've been to Texas. It's a state with one of the highest poverty rates in the nation and badly polluted air and water despite being relatively sparsely populated. It's a state where they deal with bad roads by converting them to gravel, because it's cheaper than maintaining the pavement. Web Link Its economy is based on extraction - stealing resources from future generations, and using them up today. Typical right wing, short-term, me-me-me thinking.

But why stop at Texas? Why not go all the way to that Ayn Randian nirvana - Somalia? No taxes, no regulations. Must be heaven on earth, right?

Thanks - I was born in California, and I'm happy to pay the small price involved in preserving, maintaining and improving the state for future generations. That actually does "work better."

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Posted by Xin Han
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jan 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Love CA, excellent opportunities in all areas especially here in bay area and SV .... so much innovation and excitement. Sorry some of you are scared and refuse to see what is happening around you.

CA is an splendid example for rest of the country!

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Posted by Anti-union
a resident of another community
on Jan 25, 2014 at 12:40 am

The huge unfunded union pension mess is being just keeps growing. Since The public unions were Gov moonbeam legacy nightmare for us to suffer, he would be the logical one to FIX the mess he gave us. But, NO, he's ignoring it....putting HIS REelection ahead of our children. It's cruel to leave HIS mess to the next generation. They already have to suffer feeding the baby boomer social security and obamacare inevitable financial burden, and moombeam's going to sneek out leaving them the unfunded union pension mess too. Cruel and SAD!

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Posted by Seymour Juno
a resident of Danville
on Jan 25, 2014 at 7:44 am

You might want to adjust your self-inflicted wedgie, AU. The union pension issue is manageable. Read the blogs.

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Jan 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

Desaulnier is more of a "wanna-be" than a "wanna-do."

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