Wow, what a weekend for newly confirmed Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher! She was confirmed by the Senate, stayed around in the House to vote YES on the ACES energy bill, made her farewell speech on the floor of the House where she so often presided, and then resigned. And she’s marrying on Saturday!
So what do you do to top being confirmed as a Under Secretary of State? If you’re East Bay Rep. Ellen Tauscher, you get married. On Saturday, the nation’s top arms control official will tie the knot in Washington, D.C. with her fiance, retired Delta pilot Jim Cieslak. They were introduced by Tauscher’s sister in 2007. "It’s hard to be a blushing bride at my age, but I will do my best," she told her House-mates Friday during her resignation speech.
She delayed her resignation until the end of Friday’s votes so she could cast one for the energy bill. Seems like President Obama is looking under the couch cushions for spare votes.
And the race to succeed her in CA-10 is on! Calitics reports that the governor must set the Special Election to happen within 90 days from today.
(Video of Tauscher’s farewell speech here)