Clinton Loyalist Accepts Undersecretary of State Offer

By Teddy Davis

Mar 18, 2009 6:12pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis reports:

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., a top Hillary Clinton backer during last year’s presidential campaign, announced Wednesday that she is accepting the former first lady’s offer to join her at the State Department.

“Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asked me to serve as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security," wrote Tauscher in a statement released to the media. “While her offer is both generous and flattering, I did not take the decision lightly. I accepted it after much soul searching and long discussions with my family and friends.”

Tauscher, who heads a House subcommittee on Strategic Forces, writes in her statement that  that the confirmation process for senior government posts is "fraught with uncertainty and can take weeks, if not months." In the interim, she pledges to continue to work on behalf of her constituents who live in the suburbs of San Francisco.

If confirmed, a special election will be held in California’s 10th congressional district to replace Tauscher, who chairs the 67-member House New Democrat Coalition. It is expected to stay safely in Democratic hands. In 2008, the district voted for then-Sen. Barack Obama (D) over Sen. John McCain (R) by a two-to-one margin: 65 percent to 33 percent. 

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