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October 16, 2009
Obama stumps for Garamendi

President Barack Obama found time in his whirlwind San Francisco stopover this week to drop a line of support for Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, who's the Democratic candidate for the 10th Congressional District. Voters in Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento and Solano counties will choose between Garamendi and Republican businessman David Harmer on Nov. 3.

According to a Garamendi news release, Obama introduced Garamendi at the Thursday night fundraiser, saying, "Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, who is running for the California 10 (in the) upcoming election - everybody has got to go out there and work for John."

The San Francisco Chronicle, which provided the local pool print reporter at the event, wrote that Garamendi "had VIP seats front and center at the big reception."

Garamendi responded in a news release today, "I am deeply honored to have the support of President Barack Obama. I share the President's positive, progressive vision for our nation and look forward to the opportunity to actively represent the people of the 10th Congressional District in Congress.

"President Obama has pledged to change our country for the better, but he needs strong allies in Congress who are ready, willing and able to fight for our shared values. As I told President Obama - Mr. President, you can count on me from day one to stand with you in the battles that lie ahead to heal our nation."


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