Oops! Glossy DeSaulnier brochure, which got past US State Department’s Tauscher endorsement ban, arrives in my mailbox today!

This arrived in my mailbox today. It’s a glossy, eight-page brochure from state Senator Mark DeSaulnier with a full-page color photo of him with Ellen Tauscher, whose former 10th congressional seat he is running to fill. As you can see, it reads “Mark DeSaulnier is my choice for Congress.”

Way back, Tauscher, who gave up her seat to fill a top U.S. State Department post, endorsed DeSaulnier as the candidate to replace her as our local representative in Washington, D.C.

But things got very complicated last week, when it was announced on Friday that the State Department had asked DeSaulnier to stop using Tauscher’s name in all his ads and campaign materials. This announcement was made public last Friday.

Nearly a week later, this brochure turns up in my mailbox. No postmark on it, so who knows when it was mailed? Before the endorsement ban? After?

DeSaulnier’s use of Tauscher’s endorsement doesn’t break any laws, but a legal advisor to the U.S. State Department explained why he should withdraw her name from his campaign materials: “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.”

5 thoughts on “Oops! Glossy DeSaulnier brochure, which got past US State Department’s Tauscher endorsement ban, arrives in my mailbox today!

  1. Do you have any idea how long it takes to produce a brochure like this? Weeks. Very expensive to produce, so doubt that DeSaulnier could have possibly halted production even if he wanted to

    Of course there was no postmark on the brochure as it was undoubtedly mailed at bulk rate which can take as long as a week to deliver.

    This whole thing is a tempest in a teapot and Sen. DeSaulnier has not broken any laws nor has he acted in bad faith. Happily Ms. Tauscher quickly gave him her endorsement obviously because she thought he was the right man for the job and could retain the seat for the Democrats. Period.

    BTW, I am not a supporter of DeSaulnier nor will I vote for him, with or without Ms. Tauscher's endorsement.


  2. Please, Mom.

    The Penny Saver is sent out 10 days in advance.

    If you are trying to be accused of 'journalism', there are some real issues you could cover.

    Empty cheap shot.


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