Jan. 26, 2012 | State Sen. Ellen Corbett donned traditional Indian garb this morning to celebrate the establishment of India's Constitution, at the same time giving one of the clearest indications yet she will attempt a run for congress later this year.
Corbett appearing on the Senate floor with a long red dress and traditional scarf around her neck (video below) introduced Fremont Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, members of the her district's Indian community, including Interim Fremont Mayor Anu Natarajan during the short ceremony. Notably beaming in the background was Ro Khanna, who was also introduced by Corbett.
Khanna is viewed as a potentially huge road block for Corbett's congressional aspirations either this year or 2014.
The 35-year-old Khanna jumped to the front of the pack recently with an amazing $1.2 million in fundraising within a relatively short time. A vast majority of Khanna's haul, though, came from Indian Americans situated in Silicon Valley and many outside of the district.
Several East Bay insiders have recently raised the pros and cons of Corbett running against Stark this year as opposed to waiting for her senate term to run out in 2014. One consultant described Corbett as being caught in a quandary by Khanna's impressive fundraising ability, which may already be three times larger than her campaign bank account.
"That money is only going to get bigger if she waits," said a consultant, who asked not be identified. Corbett's name-recognition in the area is also an advantage that could blunt Khanna's ability to raise big bucks, they said.
Of course, you cannot count out Stark, who despite declining health, is still very popular among his long-time constituents and has shown no indication he will decide to leave behind his 40 years in Washington behind.