Thank You

I'm so grateful for your support, and for the tremendous opportunity that you have given me this past year to seek elective office.

Although last night's result was not what we had hoped for, I have no regrets.

We ran the campaign that we promised you -- independent, substantive, and honest. We managed to earn hundreds of thousands of votes statewide without taking money from special interests, corporations, lobbyists, or a SuperPAC. And we stayed true to our commitment to raise the quality and focus of the debate.

I hope that you take pride in the campaign we ran, the ideas we put forward, and our ability to stay principled and earn the support of so many people who studied the race.

Working with each of you, and our extraordinarily dedicated team was one of the greatest gifts of this campaign. I feel more fortunate than ever to belong to this circle of friends. That mutual respect and friendship will always mean more than any poll.

Finally, I appreciate the thoughtful and tender notes that so many people sent today. My spirits are high. So don't worry that I'm sitting in some dark room listening to sad music. I spent the morning with Equal Rights Advocates, at their annual lunch planning the next crusade.

Soon, we'll find new ways to do good things in the world together.

Thank you always for helping me run a race that we can all be proud of.

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Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Endorses Jeff Bleich for Lt. Governor

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May 24, 2018

BRADY CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE ENDORSES JEFF BLEICH FOR CALIFORNIA LT. GOVERNOR

Oakland, CA – Today the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Jeff Bleich's campaign for Lt. Governor of California. The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March, is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025.

"Jeff Bleich has proven through words and actions to be a champion of the gun violence prevention movement, and we’re proud to endorse his campaign for Lieutenant Governor," stated Peggy McCrum, president of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign. "Jeff will be a great ally as we work with him to bring about a safer California."

Earlier this week, Bleich’s campaign released a new ad highlighting the work Jeff has done for more than twenty years to address the epidemic of gun violence.

“I have worked with the Brady campaign for the past twenty years, and am honored and humbled to have the endorsement of an organization that has done so much to prevent and reduce gun violence throughout the country,” said Bleich. “As Lt. Governor, I’ll stand up to the NRA and the gun lobby as I always have, and continue my work with Brady and other violence prevention organizations to enact common sense gun laws.”

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A Message From Jeff: This isn’t politics. This is very personal.

Last week our country suffered another senseless school shooting. Ten more families lost loved ones, thirteen more were injured, and another community has been shattered by the loss of classmates and teachers and their sense of safety. Again.

I’ve been in towns that have been devastated by school shootings, and I know the grief of the Santa Fe High, Texas community. Nearly 20 years ago, after the Columbine shooting, President Clinton asked me to lead his Youth Violence Commission. That year I began traveling across the country to towns afflicted by violence. I met the families of children who had been killed in school shootings and classrooms of traumatized children.

I sat at kitchen tables with parents, and saw the empty chair where their child should have been.

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A Message from Becky Bleich on Jeff's Birthday!

It's Jeff’s birthday!

When we first started dating, Jeff was usually studying for exams on his birthday. So the best celebration for him was a night off, enjoying chocolate cake with peanut-butter ice cream, and of course something with Elvis on it.

Over the years, I kept waiting for Jeff’s tastes and expectations to change. But Jeff would rather give than receive, and he’s still perfectly happy with the chocolate-peanut butter combination, and a glass of bourbon on the side now.

This year, I'd like to give him a night off from fundraising so he can enjoy his favorites.

I know Jeff, and he appreciates any support you can give, no matter the amount.

He’ll be especially grateful that your donation won’t be just for him, but will help Jeff share his vision for the future of California throughout the State!

If you can take care of that part, I’ll take care of the chocolate cake, peanut-butter ice cream, and Elvis.

I think Jeff's campaign team has already worked out the bourbon!

Thanks so much for your support!

- Becky

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Mercury News and East Bay Times Endorses Jeff Bleich

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May 15, 2018

MERCURY NEWS AND EAST BAY TIMES ENDORSE JEFF BLEICH FOR CALIFORNIA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Bleich has now earned the support of every major newspaper that has endorsed in the Lt. Governor’s race.

Oakland, CA – Today, the Mercury News and the East Bay Times both endorsed Jeff Bleich’s campaign for Lt. Governor, stating he “has the experience to make good on his ideas to improve the state’s higher education system and the environment.”

The two editorial boards stated that Jeff, “has the most passion for the job and the know-how to be a first-rate lieutenant governor,” and “has the experience to make good on his ideas to improve the state’s higher education system and the environment.”

With these two additional endorsements, Bleich has now earned the support of every major newspaper that has endorsed in the Lt. Governor’s race.

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Bleich Campaign for Lt. Governor Releases "Rock Star" TV Ad

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May 7, 2018

BLEICH CAMPAIGN RELEASES “ROCK STAR” TV AD AHEAD OF JUNE PRIMARY

Narrated by Peter Coyote, new 30-second ad touts Jeff Bleich’s extensive track record standing up for immigrants, minorities, LGBT communities and victims of domestic violence; work with Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Joe Biden

Oakland, CA – Jeff Bleich’s campaign for California Lt. Governor has released its first 30-second TV spot, highlighting Jeff’s “solid gold” progressive record, which starts running in the San Francisco Bay Area today, and in other cities throughout California in the weeks leading up to the June 5th primary.

The ad focuses on the social justice battles Jeff has taken on throughout his career, including stopping Pete Wilson’s Prop 187 in court, championing LGBT rights in the legal fight to overturn Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and leading President Bill Clinton’s Youth Violence Commission in the wake of Columbine.

Narrated by actor and political activist, Peter Coyote, the new “Rock Star” ad also points to Jeff’s work standing up for homeless people, partnering with Joe Biden to reduce domestic violence, and serving as President Obama’s Special Counsel and Ambassador to Australia.

Click here to watch: https://youtu.be/wau5PP7mUqE

Last week the Sacramento Bee endorsed Bleich for Lt. Governor, calling him a “heavyweight” in the race for the second highest-ranking office in California. The Bee noted Bleich’s “strong ideas” and “thoughtful leadership style,” concluding he “would serve with intelligence and depth.”

Last month, the San Francisco Chronicle endorsed Jeff, concluding that his “demeanor and depth of experiences make him a strong candidate for lieutenant governor…[who] knows his way around politics and public policy.”

Bleich was also recently endorsed by the Sierra Club, who said Jeff is “hands down, the best candidate for Lieutenant Governor.”

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Sacramento Bee Endorses Jeff Bleich

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May 4, 2018

SACRAMENTO BEE ENDORSES JEFF BLEICH FOR CALIFORNIA LT. GOVERNOR

Oakland, CA – Yesterday, the Sacramento Bee endorsed Jeff Bleich for Lt. Governor, calling him a “heavyweight” in the race for the second highest-ranking office in California. The Bee noted Bleich’s “strong ideas” and “thoughtful leadership style,” concluding he “would serve with intelligence and depth."

Bleich has now earned the support of both of the major newspapers that have endorsed in the Lt. Governor’s race.

Last month, the San Francisco Chronicle endorsed Jeff, concluding that his “demeanor and depth of experiences make him a strong candidate for lieutenant governor…[who] knows his way around politics and public policy.”

Bleich was recently endorsed by the Sierra Club, who said Jeff is “hands down, the best candidate for Lieutenant Governor.”

Jeff has also been endorsed by Congressmembers Jackie Speier, Adam Schiff, Ro Khanna and Ted Lieu, along with many California State Legislators, Mayors, Supervisors, and Councilmembers.

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Jeff Bleich Raises Nearly $2 Million in Lt. Governor Race

Bleich’s grassroots campaign continues to build momentum with endorsements from the San Francisco Chronicle and the Sierra Club; without money from Super PACs and special interest groups

Oakland, CA – Jeff Bleich, candidate for Lt. Governor of California, announced today that his campaign has raised close to $2 million in funding from over 2,500 individual donations. Bleich’s campaign has over $1.4 million in cash on hand, which will allow Jeff to spread his message to Californians about how he plans to tackle tough problems, focus on long-term solutions, and deliver real results as the state’s next Lt. Governor.

With this robust performance, Bleich expects this to be the second consecutive reporting period in which he outpaces his Democratic opponents in individual donations as they rely principally on special interest PACs and self funding.

Earlier this month, the San Francisco Chronicle endorsed Jeff, calling him “a strong candidate for lieutenant governor…[who] knows his way around politics and public policy.”

“I want to thank every single person who has supported our campaign,” said Bleich. “Since announcing my candidacy less than a year ago, we have shown that you can run a successful, grassroots campaign, without having to rely on personal wealth, Super PACs, or special interests groups. Instead of playing up to big money, I’ve been talking to Californians about how I want to bring a lifetime of experience to Sacramento, and work to solve the biggest challenges facing our state. That’s what Californians want, and that’s what I’ll do as Lt. Governor.”

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San Francisco Chronicle Endorses Jeff Bleich

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April 9, 2018

Contact: Max Wertheimer, (415) 302-1584, max@jeffbleich.com  

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE ENDORSES JEFF BLEICH FOR CALIFORNIA LT. GOVERNOR

Oakland, CA – In the first major newspaper endorsement in the Lt. Governor’s race, the San Francisco Chronicle has endorsed Jeff Bleich. The Chronicle concluded that Jeff’s “demeanor and depth of experiences make him a strong candidate for lieutenant governor, a position that requires patience, policy acumen and a commitment to collaboration.”

The Chronicle went on to note that, Bleich knows commissions. He is a former chair of the CSU trustees and president of the California State Bar, to list just two he’s led. He served as special counsel to President Barack Obama before being appointed U.S. ambassador to Australia. This is his first run for elective office, but he knows his way around politics and public policy.”

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Sierra Club Endorses Jeff Bleich

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Contact: Max Wertheimer, (415) 302-1584, max@jeffbleich.com  

SIERRA CLUB ENDORSES JEFF BLEICH FOR CALIFORNIA LT. GOVERNOR

Oakland, CA – Today, Sierra Club California, one of the oldest and largest environmental organizations in the country, endorsed Jeff Bleich for Lieutenant Governor of California. Jeff is a long-time passionate environmentalist and a demonstrated leader. He has the skills, experience, and vision to move California forward, and to use the Lt. Governor’s positions on the Coastal Commission, Oceans Council, and Land Commission to stand up to Donald Trump’s continued assault on California’s precious natural resources.

"Jeff Bleich innately understands why Californians care so much about our environment,” said Kathryn Phillips, director of Sierra Club California. “He gets why advancing equity and environmental justice are essential to protect public health and the planet. He has experience as a lawyer and a public servant that prepare him for the duties of Lieutenant Governor, including those important duties that influence how the state addresses state lands, coastal waters and natural resources. Hands down, he’s the best candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2018 and we’re proud to give him Sierra Club’s endorsement.”

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