President Barack Obama Urges Support for John Garamendi In the Race for California’s 10th Congress District Seat

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, the Democratic nominee for California’s 10th Congressional District, last night received the support of President Barack Obama for the November 3rd special election to fill the Northern California seat of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher.

The announcement by President Obama comes on the heels of Garamendi’s endorsement by former President Bill Clinton last week.

At President Obama's San Francisco event last night, the President introduced Garamendi, saying: “Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, who is running for the California 10 [in the] upcoming election – everybody has got to go out there and work for John.”

The President went on to say “The reason you're here tonight, the reason I'm here tonight is because we know that our work isn't done. We still have enormous challenges in this country. There are far too many people out there who are really going through a tough time – out of work, seeing their hours trimmed, their wages cut. Americans who are subject to the whims of health insurance companies or who can't afford quality health insurance in the first place. Too many Americans who are seeing the American Dream slip further and further and further out of reach. ... Now is the time to secure our future.”

“I am deeply honored to have the support of President Barack Obama. I share the President’s positive, progressive vision for our nation and look forward to the opportunity to actively represent the people of the 10th Congressional District in Congress,” Garamendi said.

“President Obama has pledged to change our country for the better, but he needs strong allies in Congress who are ready, willing and able to fight for our shared values. As I told President Obama – Mr. President, you can count on me from day one to stand with you in the battles that lie ahead to heal our nation.”

Garamendi concluded, “I am committed to work with the President and the Democrats in Congress to fix our broken health care system, create high quality jobs in our community, craft policies that stimulate our economy and protect the rights of all Americans.”

Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi is a Regent of the University of California and a Trustee of the California State University. He chairs the California Commission on Economic Development and the State Lands Commission. He was twice elected California’s Insurance Commissioner, where it was said he created the best consumer protection agency in the nation. President Clinton appointed Garamendi to the position of Deputy Secretary of Interior. Garamendi served 16 years in the California Legislature.

A special general election for the 10th Congressional District will be held on November 3rd. For more information, please visit

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October 16, 2009
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