When I was Chairman of the California Democratic Party, we worked together in 1992 to turn California from red to blue – carrying our state for Bill Clinton, the first Democratic presidential victory in California in 28 years; electing Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein to the U.S. Senate, the first time any state elected two women senators; and increasing our congressional and state legislative margins.
Eleni Kounalakis was on the front lines of that historic victory as a young CDP staff member, organizing voters at the grassroots level throughout the state. And, over the last 26 years, she’s never stopping fighting for progressive Democratic candidates and the values we share.
Now Eleni is running for Lieutenant Governor and I’m all in for her. I’ve seen up close her unwavering commitment to economic and social justice and her willingness to roll up her sleeves to get the job done. Whether it’s been registering voters, walking precincts, or serving as a delegate to our state and national conventions, she’s been there for us.
As Lieutenant Governor, she will use her skills as a businesswoman to build an economy that works for everyone, to create more affordable housing, and to invest in the education of our children. And, hardworking Californians can count on her to stand up to powerful interests like Wall Street, Big Pharma, and Big Oil.
As Chairman of the U.S. Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission that conducted the nation’s official investigation into the 2008 financial crisis, I know what it takes to stand up to power and money – and I know Eleni has got it.
Chairman, California Democratic Party, 1991-1993
California State Treasurer, 1999-2007
Democratic Nominee for Governor, 2006