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Jackie Speier for Congress

by: Bob Brigham

Sun Jan 13, 2008 at 13:46:59 PM PST

100_0396I'm currently at the Leo J Ryan memorial park for Jackie Speier's official congressional campaign kickoff. Wow. Not only is it the nicest day imaginable, but the crowd is amazingly huge (I'll have pics up later). I'm told the number is 812 signed in with over 40 of her 92 endorsed elected officials on hand. Anna Eshoo. Mike Thompson. John Burton. Scores of volunteers. Hot dogs and a cotton candy machine. The operation is top notch.

If it is possible to win a campaign with one event, the Speier campaign may have pulled it off today. The overwhelming show of support and organization is going to make anyone think long and hard about getting in the race. Speier's popularity in the district is legendary, but today was a powerful reminder of how deep that support runs. There's a poll after the jump asking your predictions as to whether you think Leland Yee gets in. I'm voting no.

Updated with pictures and speech exerts and news coverage and videos.  

Bob Brigham :: Jackie Speier for Congress
Campaign Manager Alex Tourk briefing volunteer organizers.


People ask why I am running for Congress.

We spend $10 billion a month in a senseless war in Iraq, while just $10 billion a year would cover every uninsured child in America.

That's why I'm running for Congress.

Each day thousands of Americans have their personal financial information traded for money or outright stolen.   I would like to see the same type of tough financial privacy laws passed at the federal level that I got passed here in California.

That's why I'm running for Congress.

The federal government is fighting to keep California from cleaning our own air.  I'd like to see an Environmental Protection Agency that is on the side of the environment and not the polluters.

Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are denied quality healthcare in a nation that asks them to make the ultimate sacrifice.  This is ridiculous. We can do better, and that is why I am running for Congress.


When I look out before me, I see hardworking people who share these values.  That's why I love our area.  Teachers, firefighters, police officers, nurses, small business owners, students-all with a stake in the future of America, all concerned about the common problems we face, but all dedicated to a common belief:  America is great, and while we sometimes lose our way we must not lose our vision.

The vision to create universal healthcare for all Americans, to put an end to the 47 million who go without.

The vision to support funding for schools and colleges because investing in children and our future is not simply a moral obligation but a national honor.


I will spend the next months meeting voters in their homes, on the sidewalk and in coffee shops.  I invite anyone who wants to sit down with me to share their thoughts.  I am asking for your vote in the June Democratic primary, but I am asking for you to also share your dreams for America.  Let us come together as we are today, San Francisco and the Peninsula, young and old, gay and straight, black and white, Asian, Pilipino and Latino, Democrats, Independents, and Republicans- all of us who love our country and who know that we can do better.


Here's what Matier and Ross think:

It's official: Former state Sen. Jackie Speier is off and running for the seat held by longtime Rep. Tom Lantos, who is calling it quits after nearly three decades in Congress.

And right now, from the looks of things, the seat is pretty much hers for the taking.

For a while, state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, was considering a run - but his calls to Democratic kingmakers weren't very encouraging.

Even if he did announce legislation Friday to name the new tunnel bypassing Devil's Slide after Lantos.

Speier "just looks unbeatable in that district," said former state Senate President Pro Tem John Burton, noting that three-quarters of the 12th District is in Speier's home base of San Mateo County.



The event had a fourth of July feel, with a jazz band, red white and blue balloons, and dozens of local politicians, free hotdogs, kids and dogs along the waterfront at Leo J. Ryan Park.

"I can think of no better place to announce my candidacy for the 12th congressional district of the California to the US House of Representatives than right here," said Speiers.

***Press Release***

For Immediate Release: January 13, 2008

Jackie Speier officially announces her bid for Congress in California's 12th District

Flanked by family, friends, neighbors, and elected officials, Jackie Speier officially announced her candidacy for Congress today at Leo J. Ryan Park in Foster City.

Hundreds of supporters joined Jackie at the park memorialized for her political mentor, Congressman Leo Ryan, who was killed 30 years ago this year while investigating human rights violations in Guyana.  "I can think of no better place to announce to my friends, neighbors, and colleagues that I am running for Congress in the 12th District," Jackie said.

Jackie was introduced by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Congressman Mike Thompson and former State Senator John Burton, three of the 92 elected officials representing every city within the 12th congressional district who have endorsed Jackie's candidacy.

Drawing on 24 years of public service experience, Jackie emphasized her legislative record on issues including consumer protection, healthcare, transportation, and the environment.  She also laid out her plans to spend the next six months in meetings and discussion with the residents of the district.

"Let us come together as we are today, San Francisco and the Peninsula, young and old, gay and straight, black and white, Asian, Filipino and Latino, Democrats, Independents, and Republicans- all of us who love our country and who know that we can do better," Jackie said.

Jackie was also joined by her husband Barry Dennis, her two children Jackson and Stephanie, her mother Nancy, and her mother-in-law Betty

Website: Jackie Speiers for United States Congress CA-12

UPDATE II: The kickoff was all over today's papers.

San Mateo County Times: Speier kicks off campaign for Congress
San Francisco Chronicle: Speier officially in race to replace Tom Lantos
San Mateo Daily Journal: Speier makes it official
San Francisco Examiner: Speier announces bid for congressional seat
Redwood City Daily News: BREAKING NEWS: Speier kicks off campaign for Congress

Leland Yee - will he run?


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I'm voting yes (0.00 / 0)
The district is solid blue and whoever wins will probably serve for at least twenty years. So it's now or never for Yee, UNLESS he think Speier will run again for statewide office. Winning the seat now will probably take her out of the running for Governor in 2010. Perhaps she anticipates a Feinstein retirement in 2012. That's still at least four years from now.

Would it be worth the pain (4.00 / 1)
I'd think fate is telling him his best move is to keep climbing in the senate.  

Twitter: @BobBrigham

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i seriously doubt it (4.00 / 1)
That was a pretty spectacular kickoff today...the weather couldn't have been betther, LOTS of current and past elected officials standing on that stage today...LOTS of support in the stands too...me included.  

I'm with you, Bob, I strongly doubt Leland goes for it for a couple of reasons.  First, you can't transfer any state campaign funds to a federal campaign, so is Leland prepared with enough COH to kickoff a healthy campaign?  Not only that, but a campaign against one of the most generally respected and well supported legislators this county's seen in a long time?  Besides, a rather reliable birdie told me today that the word from Leland's staff is nope, not going to do it.  So, I've voted no too.

I'm voting yes, too. (0.00 / 0)
As a dem in SMCO, I believe Leland Yee will run against Jackie. I also firmly believe that Jackie will whup him (not that she'd say it like that).

I was there, supporting Jackie. I wish her the very best of luck, and look forward to ushering in Congresswoman Jackie Speier in '08! When do I get my t-shirt?!

I also extend my warm regards to retiring congressman Tom Lantos; I hope you recover quickly, and I thank you for serving us Peninsulans well the past years.
Good luck!

"When life hands you lemons, cut them into pieces and squirt them into someone's eye. If you must suffer, so must others."

She's reminding me of Stabenow's path (0.00 / 0)
I met Debbie Stabenow when she was a State Senator running for the Democratic nomination for governor. The party machinery got behind someone else who narrowly won, but she was a trooper and ran as hid running mate. They lost in the 1994 landslide but two years later, she was elected to Congress. Four years after that, she was elected to the Senate. I hope history repeats in California.

wow... (0.00 / 0)
And I thought our CA-50 Leibham kickoff party turnout was huge. Now I'm feeling kind of sad that I don't live in a superblue district. =(

Ok, enough sad, back to work...

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