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Huffman launches bid for Congress

Jared Huffman


Calling 2012 “a year of change,” Assemblyman Jared Huffman today officially launched his run for Congress with an online speech and roll call of current and former local elected officials supporting his candidacy.

In a five-minute video posted on his campaign website, Huffman, a San Rafael Democrat, said he has the “right combination of values, skills, sensibilities and record of getting things done” to represent California’s newly redesigned North Coast district, which stretches from Marin County’s southern border to the Oregon state line.

He cited support for environmental protection, health care and a strong social safety net as “core values” that must be defended.

“I’m not going to let the Republican extremists eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency or drill for oil off our coast or gut Medicare and Social Security,” he said.

He also listed other issues — education, energy independence and ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — as top priorities.

The platform aligns closely with the area’s current Democratic incumbents, including Mike Thompson of St. Helena, whose seat has been shifted inland by redistricting, and Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma, who plans to retire at the end of her 10th term representing the North Bay.

In his speech, Huffman said both had served the area well.

But he also said a new face would bring stronger leadership to Congress and help put a lid on the “partisan bickering and gridlock” in Washington.

“These are tough times,” he said. “They call for leaders who can do more than talk. We need leaders who can take our values and our priorities and put them into action.”

A list of Huffman’s supporters released today included 14 current and former elected officials in Sonoma and Marin counties.

In Sonoma County, the endorsements came from current Supervisors Valerie Brown, David Rabbitt and Efren Carrillo. Former supervisors on the list were Bill Kortum, Mike Kerns, Mike Reilly, Tim Smith and Eric Koenigshofer.

Huffman is one of five Democrats running for the congressional seat. Others are Marin author and activist Norman Solomon, Petaluma City Councilwoman Tiffany Renee, Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams and San Rafael businesswoman Stacey Lawson.

Huffman leads that group in campaign cash. After expenditures, he had $237,000 in the bank as of June 30. Solomon, the nearest challenger, had about $79,000 and Adams reported nearly $6,000. Renee and Lawson, who announced her campaign after the close of the latest reporting period, showed no financial activity on federal campaign finance reports.

Solomon, who is campaigning this week in Humboldt and Mendocino counties, also made an announcement today, declaring that he will not be accepting donations from corporate political action committees.

He said the call stemmed from his push for tighter campaign finance rules and criticism of Wall Street’s heavy influence in Washington.

“We’re not supposed to have government of, by and for large corporations,” he said in a statement. “I don’t want their money. I want to be accountable to voters, not Wall Street.”


Watch the video of Huffman’s announcement

32 Responses to “Huffman launches bid for Congress”

  1. dan roberts says:

    this dialogue over the candidacy of huffman and solomon is a bit much,full of over-amped retoric. the race is yet to begin yet the respondents are already going negative. fear is a terrible motivator which predictably points the voters in the wrong direction. please begin to think positive and prioritize the issues. look for the pd to print my editorials and announce my candidacy. danrobertsfor congress.com

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  2. Frank says:

    heres a good one
    Behind the Green Curtain (Environmentalism used for Land Grabbing)


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  3. Frank says:

    a vote for Huffman is a vote for more unemployment.
    don’t take my word for it, drive to the small towns along Hwy 49 and ask the shop keepers
    yep mom and pop shops are closing, a once solvent industry for California, manufactors are seeing a 60% decline in products. becuz Huffman and others like him choose to ignore sound science

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  4. A Voter says:

    @Paul Anderson.

    Susan Adams is already forgotten in Marin County. She accepted an endorsement for her congressional race from none other than AIMI DUTRA.

    I know no one in Sonoma County who will be voting for Susan Adams. Her true colors are now revealed. Well, maybe Aimi Dutra and her supporters and friends – dwindling by the day.

    And you thought this was a Solomon-Huffman issue?

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  5. Paul Andersen says:

    If all this back-and-forth between Huffman and Solomon is getting annoying, don’t forget there’s another candidate in the race: Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams. Http://www.susanadamsforcongress.com

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  6. Brenda says:

    At least Huffman has a record of accomplishments.

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  7. Your Choice says:

    It sounds like there are a few bitter Republicans automatically bad mouthing Assemblyman Huffman here on Watch Sonoma County. What I have yet to see is a Republican named as a potential candidate for the new Coastal District. There is no Republican candidate. The choice in this new district heavily favoring Democrats will come down to Huffman and Solomon. Independants and Republicans should realistically figure out fast which candidate has the highest comfort level. Otherwise, you are going to let Sean Penn choose your representative in Congress for you.

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  8. Exposer says:

    Hey Lisa, um, I mean “What About Dutra” — why would Huffman take a position on a local land use issue when he’s running for Congress? Interesting that Lynn Woolsey has never taken a position on Dutra either. The Solomon people say out of one side of their mouths that Woolsey is a saint whose legacy must be replicated, but they condemn Huffman for having the EXACT SAME POSITION as Woolsey on this project? Please.

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  9. What about Dutra? says:

    What I find disturbing is that in all the time Huffman talked about Dutra being the biggest issue in So. Sonoma County, he has yet to take a public stand. And you know why? I don’t but it isn’t encouraging that people who have been strong advocates for Dutra are pouring money into his campaign. Is this why Huffman won’t speak his mind on Dutra? Jurisdiction or not, we have at least two candidates who are on record as opposing Dutra’s proposal for an asphalt plant at Haystack Landing. This isn’t just about taking a position on the plant, it’s about whether he respects that fact that a unanimous Petaluma City Council – and everyone running in the last election cycle for local office – have taken a position against Dutra. And here we have Huffman taking money from the same people (many of whom are Republicans) who organized the phony protest in front of City Hall calling Pam Torliatt a “Job Killer” and financed hit pieces against her. I used to respect Huffman but now that I understand some of where he is getting his backing – and his refusal to take positions that might undermine this, despite calling himself an environmentalist – I’m concerned. Norman Soloman gets my vote! He isn’t afraid to stand up to the interests pushing Dutra down our throat. Should Huffman come out publicly and oppose Dutra, I may reconsider, though I’m not encouraged by the fact that he has been endorsed by Mike Kerns and Efren Carillo – both of whom voted for Dutra.

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  10. Jim says:

    Enlightened Voter – September 7, 2011 2:59PM – “I will vote for Huffman because the alternative is unthinkable”

    It is that mindset that keeps the status quo. Voting for the better of two lying thieves still puts a lying thief in office.

    The politicians keep power by pointing at the other side and saying “it was their fault”. They don’t offer anything but “I’m not them”. The CA Legislature has an approval rating in the single digits. Yet, they ALL keep their jobs. This can only be reconciled by concluding that people vote based on party lines, and based on what their assigned “group” is supposed to (e.g. Latino couldn’t possible vote for a Republican). In this political environment, a politician doesn’t NEED to be anything but “not them”.

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  11. Jim says:

    I’m not sure if “Enlightened Voter” was accusing me of being affiliated with the GOP. I’m as far from it as possible. I think BOTH parties are the problem. No candidate, from either party, brings anything but talking points to the table.

    I’m a politician’s worst nightmare. I don’t affiliate with a “party line”. I don’t vote based on the letter next to a candidate’s name. I don’t put myself into a group that the politicians manipulate. I think independently. I research topics from various angles (because everything is spun) and make decisions based on the facts.

    As for the collapse of the banking sector…it wasn’t a GOP issue. Again, both parties contributed. The Democrats, through CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) pushed for banks to give loans to those who would never pay them back. Bankers agreed because they were able to mitigate the risk by packaging the loans into CMOs and selling them on the open market, collecting fees on both ends (issuance of the loans and the back-end servicing). Subprime lending exploded. The SEC and rating agencies were in cahoots, basically defrauding the investors that bought the securities on the safety of the securities. Because these securities has high ratings, small banks bought them. When the underlying loans went unpaid, the smaller banks became under-capitalized. Government Regulations require banks to have minimum capitalization, and when they don’t, they get shut down by the government. The media spun this into “big banks” buying small banks, but the reality was the government took over the small banks and sold the assets to large banks. The large banks (through connections with corrupt government officials) received bailouts, thus were able to buy the assets with basically government money (our tax money!).

    There were multiple requests to investigate Freddie and Fannie but the Housing Committee (run by Democrats) never did anything. Even today there hasn’t been a real investigation of the corrupt Fannie and Freddie.

    That is a very, very high level summary. Both parties had their hands in the pot on the banking collapse. The media and politicians just point blame to the other side, when BOTH parties made millions from the collapse.

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  12. Jon says:

    My post was referring to the quote attacking Wall Street, a standard Democrat talking point. Who is “Wall Street”?

    I was pointing out that there is never a negative comment made about unions from the Democrats, only corporations.

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  13. Nimbus Maximus says:

    Hey “Jon” — the quote you gave is not from Huffman, it’s from Solomon. If you’re going to trash Democrats, at least get your facts straight.

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  14. Supporting Huffman says:

    @Jim, by any chance, are you Solomon’s campaign manager? It certainly sounds this way from your very negative posts. Have a nice time trying to beat Huffman, a very well respected candidate for Congress. Make sure you get all your friends to give me the thumbs down!

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  15. Jon says:

    I love this quote…“We’re not supposed to have government of, by and for large corporations,” he said in a statement. “I don’t want their money. I want to be accountable to voters, not Wall Street.”

    Why is it the Democrats love to rail against corporations when it is corporations that employ the majority of the people in this country? Why is it that the Democrats love to talk negatively about corporation control but never, ever talk about the stranglehold the unions have over local, state, county and federal governments? Union labor contracts is what is running the Post Office into the ground. Unions destroyed the auto industry.

    Lastly, why do Democrats love to rail against the huge payouts and salaries that CEOs get but never talk about the massive pensions union memebers get? The Chief of Police in San Francisco, a “public servant” recent retired and her pension is 40% higher than the salry she ‘earned’ while serving the public. Yet these gross pensions are never talked about, like it is ok for the taxpayer to continue to pay workers for not working. How does this make sense?

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  16. Enlightened Voter says:

    If one analyzes most of the negative posts here, they seem to have very similar language and style. The local GOP party chair doing a bit of trolling perhaps? After decimating our economy and country, the GOP now wants to paint every Democrat as the problem? It wasn’t the Democrats in CA or DC that totally destroyed the regulations that protected our banking and investment industries. Regulations put in place after they last Depression, which again the GOP nearly made eternal by refusing to support the large spending programs necessary to get the economy moving again. And they so conveniently forget about a decade of GOP initiated wars. Maybe a few more Dems in DC will finally put an end to the lobbyist and corporate owned bureaucracy there. I will vote for Huffman because the alternative is unthinkable.

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  17. Zorro says:

    @ No on Huffman who wrote:

    “By the way. I am a life-long Democrat who never voted for Lynn woolsey and will never vote for huffman.”

    A life-long democrat – LOL! You must have never learned anything about Democrats and their platforms.

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  18. Independent says:

    I agree with Jim. When will the people of CA vote for someone with a plan? Better yet when will a politician bring a plan to the people?

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  19. Jim says:

    Not that I care at all but I find it amazing that someone would give me a thumbs down (especially 6) on my prior comments. Who are these people? How can they honestly support these career politicians who have NO REAL THOUGHTS?

    We have another politician with NO concrete ideas. He spouts off the standard politician rhetoric about energy independence, jobs, ending the partisanship, bad-mouthing “oil” , etc, etc. There isn’t anything new in his comments. NOTHING. It is basically word for word what every other politician from CA is saying. The same rhetoric that Obama spouted – “change”, “hope”, etc. Not one has any real ideas.

    These politicians run surveys and find out what people are talking about, then have speech writers come up with general, fluffy talking points. Seriously, when was the last politician from CA that had a real plan? It is always “clean energy”, “green jobs”, “change”. BUT NO SUBSTANCE. This is both parties people!

    The last politician who had a plan in CA was McClintock. When he ran against Arnold Liar-egger, he laid out a plan to eliminate the deficit in CA. He had actual figures, actual plans, real data someone with a brain could understand. They were real. His party affiliation meant nothing to me, rather his PLAN laid out for all to see, was REAL. Arnold spouted off about “returning CA to the great state it was”, “environment”, “jobs”, etc but NO PLAN. The Sheeple voted in the Liar and what did we get? Three-Card-Monty with the budget, higher deficits, more regulation, massive job losses, Amy’s Kitchen left for Oregon (the very company he SAID HE WOULD MAKE STAY IN CA THROUGH HIS “PRO BUSINESS PLAN”).

    Yep, another fluffy politician here with Huffman, most likely will get elected by the Sheeple.

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  20. Proud Tea Party SOB says:

    If you like higher taxes, more and more government spending driving the country closer and closer to bankruptcy and more of those great stimulus programs, than join the Huffman club for destruction.

    If you want a negative growth job market and debt beyond belief, vote for Huffman. He and “go straight to hell” Maxine Waters are a great pair of politicians California is infamous for.

    The public unions have pulled Huffman’s strings for far too long. He has their rhetoric well down.

    As that country song says, if you don’t stand for somethin’ you stand for nothin’ and Huffman has that down pat.

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  21. Kim says:

    Not ALL of us voters have fogotten about Tiffany Renee, Jim! Some us watch the city council meetings with rolling eyes as MS Renee speaks. She knows that she can’t beat Huffman, but running against Huffman and loosing saves face over runnin again for city council and loosing. I’ll bet its a calculated exit from a failed political career.

    Perhaps its time to revive the old lable used years ago “Soft on Crime”. Huffman is, in fact, soft on crime. He recently voted for the (now signed, sealed and delivered) California Dream Act which puts illegals ahead of Americans vieing for limited enrollment in colleges. Recently voted to lighten penalties for illegals (or onyone for that matter) who drives without a valid drivers license. Those are just two off the top of my head, I’m sure that if I looked further into his voting record that I would find more.

    I wonder if Huffman will also replace Lynn Woolsey as the co-chair of the Democratic Socialists of America?

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  22. Western Cluebird says:

    On April 8, 2011, when speaking at the Santa Rosa J.C.about the budget cuts and their impact on public education, Jared Huffman said “Why are we here and why does this feel like Deja Vu?” and “If there is a spending problem, I wish I could be a part of it”.
    Then he said “As we dealt with this crisis, we havn’t been entirely honest. We’ve used temporary borrowing, shifting and gimmicks. An 18 billion deficit was advertised as ballanced when actually it was about 7 billion short.”
    It is a 26 billion dollar crisis now.
    Then he went on to blame republicans as the entire panel did repeatedly.

    Do we really need another politician that relys on temporary borrowing, shifting and gimmicks in office?

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  23. Another Disillusioned Democrat says:

    Huffman is just what California does not need in Congress. He never saw a big government program or policy he was not in love with. He has never seen a private sector business he thought should not be taxed and regulated out of business.

    We need politicians who believe in creating jobs in this country by cutting government bureaucracy, red tape and cutting taxes.

    We don’t need another public union acolyte who is put into Congress by the public unions and does SEIU’s bidding.

    He will toe the party line and vote the way he is told.

    Common sense and a reality check of our economy is what a politician needs in Washington right now, not another vote to go along to get along politician like Huffman.

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  24. Jim says:

    Did anyone read the “Supporting Huffman” comment? I bet he wrote it. ALL FLUFF!

    “As Assemblymember, his awareness, attention and knowledge confirm we WILL have representation in Congress”

    Awareness? Attention? Knowledge? Of what???? This is typical political garbage. Not one of these idiots has an actual idea. None. It is all garbage, all rhetoric.

    “energy independence”…HOW?

    “change”…TO WHAT, and HOW?

    “help put a lid on partisan bickering and gridlock”…HOW?

    “accountable to the people, not wall street”…WHAT ABOUT THE UNIONS?

    Every “statement” is standard Democrat rhetoric. This is exactly the same stuff spewed by that moron Tiffany Renae (who protected Petaluma from terrorists, remember? Probably not, voters are idiots). I just can’t believe that voters fall for this. Voters only see the “R” or the “D”, instead of paying attention to what ideas the candidates actually have.

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  25. Jim says:

    Another politician with nothing to say but talking points. He talks of energy independence but then says no drilling. How is this possible?? Oh wait, let me guess…solar and wind right? Well he better hurry since the solar companies are going out of business quickly. Are people so stupid to think that the US can be powered by solar?? Freaking liberal disaster France is powered almost exclusively by NUCLEAR! And it is US nuclear technology. Any comment Mr. Huffman? “Uh, duh…change, hope, green”. That’s what I thought.

    Can’t “gut” medicare or social security. Not sure who wants to gut these bloated underfunded, bankrupt government programs. Are the Sheeple aware that EVERYONE MUST enroll in Medicare at 65, regardless of whether they have the means to pay for other coverage. Forced government insurance…you think Congress is forced into it? NOPE! Any comment Mr. Huffman? “Uh, duh…hope, change, green” Yeah, figured.

    Hey look….more talking points – “He also listed other issues — education, energy independence and ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — as top priorities”. Funny, Obama conned America into thinking he’d “end the wars” and close Gitmo. From what I understand, he spent billions bombing Libya. Hmmm, that doesn’t seem like ending wars, more like starting them.

    Typical career politician. Standard talking points. Yet he’ll probably be re-elected because the voters are Sheeple.

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  26. Sarky Fish says:

    Environmentalist attorney—yikes! Rabid chipmunk from wine and cheese Marin seeks to rule north coast’s rugged individualists.

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  27. No on Huffman says:

    huffman is an incompetent buffoon who wants to become a career politician. Nothing more, nothing less. Hopefully people will learn how bad he really is and vote for someone with brains and drive who actually cares about the people. And hopefully there will be a candidate who meets those qualifications.

    By the way. I am a life-long Democrat who never voted for Lynn woolsey and will never vote for huffman.

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  28. Money Grubber says:

    Yeah. Lets elect another political “lifer” so we can continue the economic chaos the “lifers” have created for us in our state and communities.

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  29. Frank says:

    i wonder if the WSC will do the same for a republican
    i won’t vote for Huffman, he help closed down many business’s in California

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  30. Supporting Huffman says:

    Jared Huffman is the most logical, sensible and honest person I have ever met in the political arena. His record speaks for itself. Huffman has my full support. As Assemblymember, his awareness, attention and knowledge confirm we WILL have representation in Congress.

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  31. Skippy says:

    Trying to look like Frank Sinatra, eh?

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  32. Nimbus Maximus says:

    Let’s get used to saying “Congressman Huffman”

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