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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Emken Gets Endorsement

Elizabeth Emken, who created the AutismVotes website for Autism Speaks, is running for the US Senate from California.  The San Jose Mercury News reports:
The California Republican Party on Monday endorsed Elizabeth Emken of Danville over several other GOP contenders to unseat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

"This was a humbling experience and a tremendous honor to receive the unanimous support of the board," she said Monday. "I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead, as well as working in partnership with the CRP as we head toward victory together."

As many as half a dozen other Republicans are in the race against Feinstein, including Oceanside businessman Dan Hughes and Santa Monica businessman Al Ramirez.
A couple of weeks ago, Joe Garofoli reported at The San Francisco Chronicle:
Yeah, Feinstein is popular, but according to the latest Field Poll, she’s in slightly worse shape than Sen. Barbara Boxer was in a similar point in her 2010 re-election.
Emken is unafraid She’s spent more than a decade as an advocate for those with autism. Her 19-year-old son, who will join her on the campaign trail, is autistic and she has two younger children. Plus, she’s hired veteran campaign hands with experience on statewide campaigns and said her Washington, D.C. experience advocating for autistic issues will give her a national fundraising base.
Will be interesting to see how this campaign develops and if any national money and names jump on board.