Hoping to signal firm intentions, the John Garamendi for Governor campaign sent out releases this week to trumpet the news that he’s hired two new staffers — a new communications guy and an internet guru.
The announcements followed the bail-out of Silicon Valley consultant Jude Barry from the lieutenant governor’s 2010 bid, and came amid swirling rumors that Big John may switch races to seek the 10th district congressional seat given up by Ellen Tauscher.
Calbuzz says: BFD
Our Garamendi sources say Gov Lite is “still focused on the governor’s race,” but we’re not so sure. Those new hires — liberal radio yakker Peter B. Collins and web whiz Brian Young — could work for a congressional campaign just as easily as one for governor. Which got us wondering: Who benefits if Garamendi does ditch the governor’s race? Place your bets.
1. Attorney General Jerry Brown, because he could pick up some of those older, traditional Democrats* who otherwise might be attracted to old party warhorse Garamendi.
2. Not Jerry Brown, because he wants as big a Democratic field as possible so he can ride hold-over name recognition to victory in a crowded primary.
3. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (aka Tony Villar), because their geographical bases would have greater impact in a smaller field.
4. Not Villaraigosa, because he’d like a field jammed with Northern California white guys.
5. It doesn’t matter – Garamendi had, at best, 8 percent of the vote in the last Field Poll (without Lady DiFi in the mix) and this little slice of the electorate gets dispersed across the field.
* Speaking of “older traditional Democrats,” we note with amusement Newsom consultant Garry South’s swipe at the AG on Facebook Tuesday, where he gleefully wished “Jerry Brown a very happy 71st birthday today! Imagine being born when FDR was president!”