Momentum Builds for John Garamendi with Strong Campaign Finances, Critical Newspaper Endorsements, and Double Digit Lead in Polls

WALNUT CREEK – Following critical endorsements from the Bay Area’s largest newspaper and largest progressive weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Bay Guardian, Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, a Democratic candidate in the 10th Congressional District, continued his momentum today by announcing strong campaign finance numbers. In a filling that will be released tomorrow, Garamendi will show that he raised more than $215,000 this filing period and more than $515,000 throughout the campaign from more than 700 donors. Garamendi will also show that he has more than $130,000 cash-on-hand.

“The polls show us with a double digit lead; we’ve earned the first big newspaper endorsements of the campaign; and with our strong financial position, we like where stand in these crucial final weeks,” said Garamendi, who has served in statewide office for more than a decade. “But we take absolutely nothing for granted. My diverse team of volunteers is hard at work fighting for every last vote.”

In an editorial published today, the San Francisco Chronicle said Garamendi “stands out in this crowd because his vast portfolio of experience is so well aligned with the issues of the times and the big concerns of the district. […]He was an aggressive and effective insurance commissioner (think health care, consumer issues such as foreclosure), deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior (delta, climate change) and a state legislator from 1974 to 1991. […] There is no question about Garamendi's readiness to handle the issues and personalities he would encounter on Capitol Hill.”

An editorial published today by the San Francisco Bay Guardian said Garamendi was “California's first and best insurance commissioner, where he learned to play hardball with health insurance companies. Garamendi has a forceful presence, progressive values, long relationships with key power brokers and knowledgeable advocates, and an unmatched history of intensive work on the most pernicious problems that Congress is now wrestling with, including health care reform and resource issues.”

Two polls released last week by Survey USA and Tulchin Research show Garamendi with a double digit lead over his Democratic challengers in the 10th Congressional District special primary election. The Survey USA poll was commissioned by CBS 5, while the Ben Tulchin poll was commissioned by the Garamendi campaign. No other candidates or third parties have chosen to release a poll since Garamendi entered the race.

Added Garamendi, “I encourage voters to visit my website at http://www.garamendi.org to see where I stand on the issues, because what matters most in this important election is where the candidates stand and who is best equipped to deliver results.”

With an accomplished record in California and Washington DC, having served as a Deputy Interior Secretary under President Bill Clinton and a twice elected State Insurance Commissioner, Garamendi has been endorsed by former President Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, and former presidential candidate and retired General Wesley Clark.

He has also been endorsed by dozens of unions and community groups, including the California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, California Nurses Association, Sierra Club, Alameda, Napa-Solano, and Sacramento Central Labor Councils, California Labor Federation, and SEIU State Council.

Garamendi has also been endorsed by many local officials, including Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, Solano County Board of Supervisors President John Vasquez, Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, Antioch Mayor Jim Davis, Dixon Mayor Jack Batchelor, former Livermore Mayor John Shirley, former Livermore Mayor Cathie Brown, and former Concord Mayor and current City Councilmember Helen Allen.

A special primary election will be held on September 1st. For more information, please visit http://www.garamendi.org.

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