FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Party Region 4 Conference Secretary
Burlingame, CA on Sunday March 21, 2010 Delegates from the Democratic
State Party's Region Four unanimously endorsed Assemblymembers Fiona Ma
(12AD), Tom Ammiano
(13AD), Jerry Hill
(19AD); State Senator Leland
Yee (8th SD); Congressmember Nancy Pelosi (8CD) and Congressmember (12CD) to
continue in their respective offices. The results of Sunday's voting
will be delivered to the State Democratic Party at the Democratic State
Convention in Los Angeles
next month at the Party's annual convention, which will be making
endorsements for the November election.
Mateo County Assembly Jerry Hill (19th AD) revealed that on
Friday evening, March 19, he was elected Chair of the Democratic Caucus.
of the candidates, except Congressmembers Nancy Pelosi and Jackie
Speier, appeared at the Pre-Endorsement Conference to make a
presentation to the Conference Delegates. Both Congressmembers were
detained in Washington. D.C. because of the need to vote on the new ,
which followed only a few hours after the Conference adjourned.
spite of not being able to be there in person, Congressmember Jackie
Speier called in to the Conference and waited on the phone as the
Delegates were being called to cast their votes by a voice roll call
being taken by Conference Secretary Barbara Arietta from Pacifica .
After the Congressmember cast her vote she asked to be put on
speakerphone to thank all those 12th Congressional District Delegates
who voted for her. "I wish to thank all of you for taking the time to
give me your votes. I am honored to serve you and San Mateo County."
by phone, Mark Nogales a Field Representative from Speier's San Mateo office told
the assembled audience that Speier has said that the 12th District
in San Mateo County has the best ethnic diversity and best educated in
the country. He stated that Speier has worked very hard to obtain both
financial protection and consumer protection for the public.
upon the heels of the ending of the Conference, Congressmember Speier,
along with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi found themselves casting
their votes on the passage of the historic health insurance reform legislation.
have never been more honored to be in public service than I am right
now. Seventy-five (75) years after the passage of the Social Security Act and
35 years after the passage of Medicare, I am proud to stand with the American people on the
right side of history. President Theordore Roosevelt said, 'Nothing in
the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain
and difficulty', Speier said. "There is no doubt that this effort was
worth doing and that for every American, access to quality helath
insurance is certainly worth having."
Speier continued to state
that while those in Congress have had to face difficulties and expended
great effort to see this through, the real pain in the debate was borne
by the millions of Americans, whose health care fight isn't one of
words, but rather, of life and death. The Congressmember commended the
President, and the House leadership for standing firm amid the most
hateful and malicious rhetoric that Speier has ever experienced in all
of her time in public service.
"The shameful campaigns of
fear-mongering and ridiculous conspiracy theories are over and the
American people have won. Soon, we will live in a country where the
diagnosis of a serious illness will not mean the loss of your home,
where losing your job will not mean the loss of medical care, and where
those suffering with AIDS, cancer and chronic diseases can focus their energies
on getting well, not fighting with their insurance companies," Speier
"This bill does not do all that I hoped it would. But the
struggle to ensure the health and well-being of American families is not
going to be solved with one piece of legislation or one session of
Congress," Speier continued."What we have passed tonight is a strong
foundation upon which we can build a more equitable and accessible health care
system for all Americans.
Posted by Steve Sinai