As the song goes: “The streets of Walnut Creek are alive . . . with the sight of CD10 campaign signs . . .
Here’s the intersection where Homestead Avenue hits Ygnacio Valley Road. Which of the 14 candidates to replace former U.S. Representative Ellen Tauscher, who took a top State Department post, are we missing from this display?
Meanwhile, state Senator Mark DeSaulnier lost some good PR potential. The Contra Costa Times Lisa Vorderbrueggen, on her blog Friday, says:
The U.S. State Department has asked 10th District Congressional candidate and state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier to remove all references in his campaign materials to
his endorsement from former congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, who is now undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. State Department.
While a legal adviser to the U.S. State Department concludes that the endorsement broke no laws or policies, “Under Secretary Tauscher is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct. To avoid even the appearance of impropriety, on behalf of Undersecretary Tauscher, I have asked Senator DeSaulnier to remove all references in his campaign material of any endorsement she may have made,” wrote James Thessin, deputy legal adviser and designated agency ethics official?
But DeSaulnier’s campaign manager Katie Merrill, according to Vorderbrueggen, alleges that Tauscher’s request is a result of “sour grapes,” a complaint filed by Lt. Governor John Garamendi who asked for Tauscher’s endorsement but didn’t get it, perhaps because she had already endorsed DeSaulnier back in March.
Psst: I happened to attend a speech Tauscher gave in Lafayette a couple months back, and Garamendi showed up, on his way to give a talk at another event. He looked like he was eager to have private face time with the soon-to-be former congresswoman.