FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2018
Contact: Max Wertheimer, (415) 302-1584, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”
The Chronicle closely follows the Sierra Club endorsement of Jeff, which stated that 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.
Jeff has been a tireless advocate for Californians who have been discriminated against, communities that have been wronged, and families fighting to break into the middle class. He served as Chair of the California State University Board of Trustees as well as the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and other non-profit groups. He currently heads the Fulbright Scholarship Board, which creates scholarship opportunities for students.
After graduating in the top of his class at UC Berkeley Law School in 1989 and clerking for the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Jeff helped build Munger, Tolles, and Olson, LLP—one the most successful and revered law firms in California. He was elected by his peers to serve as president of both the San Francisco Bar and the California Bar Association, and has consistently been ranked as one the state’s top lawyers. Jeff has also received numerous awards and recognition for his civil rights and pro bono legal work on behalf of children, victims of violence, and California’s most vulnerable communities.
Jeff most recently served our nation as a top aide to President Obama, first as Special Counsel to the President in the White House, and then as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia. He continues serving Californians as a public policy and cybersecurity attorney at Dentons, and he is helping to grow our economy and create jobs throughout the state as an adviser to Governor Jerry Brown, and a nationally recognized advocate for education.
Jeff and his wife, Becky continue to work and live in the East Bay after raising their three adult children, Jake, Matt, and Abby.