Businesswoman Elizabeth Emken appears to have the Big Mo in her campaign for the GOP nomination for US Senate. In the past few weeks, she’s brought on former CRP communications director Mark Standriff to coordinate her press, announced her statewide finance team, and now has a big endorsement.
Former California Secretary of State Bill Jones, a former US Senate nominee, endorsed Emken yesterday. The campaign press release is here .
“Elizabeth’s experience in financial management and beating back state and federal bureaucracies gives her the background necessary to fix Washington and advocate on our behalf. California is ready for the type of leadership and perseverance that Elizabeth has demonstrated through her tireless efforts on behalf of children with autism,” Jones said in the campaign press release.
The Jones name still carries weight in the Central Valley. And while political endorsements are over-hyped, this is a solid indication that the CA GOP establishment is consolidating behind Emken.
Emken campaign manager Jeff Corless probably had something to do with facilitating this endorsement. He served as State Youth Chairman for Bill Jones’ failed 2004 US Senate campaign.
If the field remains as it currently stands, Emken’s in a strong position to earn the GOP nomination. Of course, that just earns her the right to face US Senator Dianne Feinstein in the fall. Feinstein scared away all the top-tier Republican candidates. It will be any uphill battle for any Republican to defeat California’s more-moderate US Senator.
If you think Feinstein’s record is the same as Boxer’s, just check out her latest op-ed piece in opposition to draining Hetch Hetchy Dam.
“To remove or in any way interfere with Hetch Hetchy’s continued operation simply makes no sense,” she wrote. “A 2006 study estimates removing Hetch Hetchy and replacing the water supply could cost as much as $10 billion.”
When was the last time Sen. Boxer took on San Francisco’s environmental movement for fiscally conservative reasons?