CA-10 Special Election?

The increased likelihood of global nuclear annihilation aside, this could be fabulous news for congress:

Word is that Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.), chair of the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on strategic forces and a staunch superdelegate for presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, is in line for a top post at the State Department, most likely for the undersecretary for arms control and nonproliferation slot.

California's 10th Congressional District was specifically redistricted following the 2000 census for a progressive. While Tauscher quit the Blue Dogs two years ago in preparation for an expected primary, she is still chair of the DLC's New Democrat Coalition (run from her congressional office). Right now, CA-10 is wasted on a major obstacle to Barack Obama's agenda and sound economic policy. With six BART stations in district, a Special Election in the 10th could allow progressives from across the Bay Area to ensure we have a better Democrat.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists would probably have to move the Doomsday Clock a minute or two, but it would be almost impossible for the district to elect a worse representative. Odds are the district could get a good progressive who would be an asset to Obama and a partner for progress.

Tags: CA-10, Ellen Tauscher, Hillary Clinton (all tags)



Re: CA-10 Special Election?

I live in this district and the first names to come to mind are Assemblyman Tom Torlakson and State Senator Mark De Saulnier. However, this may be an opportunity for a more progressive outsider to get in as people are pissed off at the state legislature.

by mo 2009-03-17 09:25PM | 0 recs
Also from the district

and I'd put my money on DeSaulnier.  Torlakson is already running for State Superintendent.

Then it'll become interesting to see who fills DeSaulnier's State Senate seat...

by jlwolff 2009-03-17 10:00PM | 0 recs


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