ELECTION ‘14//CONGRESS 15 | The ballots haven’t even been counted. Hell, two-thirds of the voters haven’t thought twice about the Nov. 6 general election, but Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett is wasting no time at getting a leg up on the competition for the 15th congressional race in 2014.
Two days ago, Pleasanton Weekly tardily reported Corbett is a go for Congress in two years regardless of whether Rep. Pete Stark retains the seat next month or it belongs to Dublin Councilman Eric Swalwell. In fact, Corbett’s certainty for 2014 has been well-known for months. However, that doesn’t mean the report is not noteworthy. Notice where it happened (Pleasanton) and how many weeks from Election Day she trumpeted her future political plans (four weeks).
Despite Swalwell’s upstart campaign giving Stark a run for his money, there doesn’t seem to be much respect among Democratic Party stalwarts for his chances and a perception his potential first-term will instantly become an exercise in lame duck politics. Just look at how the two major candidates for the seat in 2014 act as if the whole Swalwell thing never happened.
A few months ago, Corbett held a fundraiser for her congressional run at a supporter’s home in the Tri Valley. In a similar vein, another likely candidate in 2014, Ro Khanna, amassed a small fortune earlier this year. Khanna, though, has been noticeably quiet and for good reason. He may be Stark’s pick to replace him, if victorious next month. Through that lens, it’s easy to see why Khanna has stepped back, while Corbett has jumped the gun. Khanna has stayed somewhat in the news plugging his excellent new book on manufacturing in the U.S. rather than playing politics in this race.
For Corbett, poking around the Tri Valley, not only tweaks Swalwell in his own backyard, but It may also represent a move to get a head start on Khanna and his $1 million in campaign contributions, but on a whole slew of potential contenders. They include Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti and likely Swalwell, recast as a grizzled veteran of one congressional campaign and—don’t count her out—Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi.