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Local attorney eyeing U.S. Senate race

George 'Duf' Sundeim founded Palo Alto law practice Doty, Sundheim & Gilmore

Los Altos Hills resident George "Duf" Sundheim is floating a trial balloon for a possible run for Barbara Boxer's United States Senate seat, which she plans to vacate at the end of this year.

The 62-year-old Sundheim, who formerly served as chairman of the state Republican Party from 2004 to 2007, announced over the weekend he would form an exploratory committee to consider a Senate run.

Sundheim is known as a prolific fundraiser and a moderate voice in the state Republican party. He studied economics and played varsity football at Stanford University and earned a law degree from Northwestern University Law School. He later helped set up the Palo Alto law practice Doty, Sundheim & Gilmore. Today he offers mediation services through his company GPS Mediation.

His first attempt at politics was an unsuccessful run for a Palo Alto City Council seat in 1997. He later found more success by supporting other conservative candidates and causes, including the 2003 recall of then-Gov. Gray Davis. The election of Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor proved that Republicans can be elected to statewide office in California, Sundheim said.

"We did it then and we can do it again in 2016," he said. "We just need the right candidate."

The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition will be hosting a talk by Sundheim at a dinner reception that is open to the public. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 15, at the Fremont Hills Country Club at 12889 Viscaino Pl., Los Altos. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. More information is at www.sparcgop.org.

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6 people like this
Posted by CW
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 31, 2015 at 2:05 am

"Prolific fundraiser"? Seriously? The state GOP is broke. It had no money to run candidates in the last general election. And that's been the story for several years. It's only big money funder is Charlie Munger Jr. of Palo Alto. Duf is going to need $30 million or more to have a chance in this race. Good luck.


4 people like this
Posted by enough!
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 31, 2015 at 10:35 am

Go Duff!


7 people like this
Posted by 38 year resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 31, 2015 at 11:33 am

Duf...I wish you well. California needs a conservative voice in Washington, D.C. Barbara Boxer has failed to author any meaningful legislation during her entire tenure. Your challenge is monumental. The liberals in California are driving us to bankruptcy despite the fuzzy math that Jerry Brown keeps throwing at us.


20 people like this
Posted by Robert
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2015 at 11:42 am

What a joke. What has this guy done to demonstrate that he has a nuanced, responsible, and sensitive understanding of state and federal issues that qualifies him to be one of the 100 U.S. Senators? I don't see it.

What he seems to have is deep pockets, the inability to persuade the citizenry to not elect him to the P.A. City Council, an ability to find "more success" by "supporting other conservative candidates and causes, including the 2003 recall of then-Gov. Gray Davis," and the ability to cheerlead on the sidelines by stating that "the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor proved that Republicans can be elected to statewide office in California." Big deal. What capabilities does it take to do those things? Give me a break.

How about for a change we have nominees for the U.S. Senate who are more than tap dancers (George Murphy), ousted corporate executives (Carly Fiorina), or deep pockets lawyers looking for validation of their egos and self-worth?

How about having nominees who are thoughtful, well educated -- I said "educated," not just trained -- cosmopolitan, show that they're not bound to narrow-cost benefit analysis, care about workers, care about the environment, are not rabble rousers, party hacks, or mega fundraisers indebted to those who finance them, and actually care about the future of the planet.

I know that's too much to ask in our political system.

From my vantage point, a guy like Joe Simitian looks far, far more qualified to be a U.S. Senator than this guy.


10 people like this
Posted by Anciana
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 31, 2015 at 12:32 pm

I'm with you, Robert!


4 people like this
Posted by Anciana
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 31, 2015 at 12:33 pm

I'm with you, Robert!


8 people like this
Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 31, 2015 at 12:52 pm

And with some of the comments posted here, it should be very clear why the California GOP is in such desperate straits -- if "Duf" is their shining hope, they're in bigger trouble than they can ever imagine...


4 people like this
Posted by J A R
a resident of Professorville
on Mar 31, 2015 at 1:32 pm

J A R is a registered user.

"Duf" appear to be a much better fund-raiser for others versus being a candidate himself (only race for PA city council was lost) but I for one (hopefully not only) would like to see a real candidate with alternate views to the status quo.


6 people like this
Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 31, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Would he be the first and only GOP Senator to support equal rights and equal pay for women?

Do let us know.


12 people like this
Posted by Remembering
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 31, 2015 at 2:41 pm

When he ran for the City Council he declared his faith and advocated following the Bible. (his Bible)


4 people like this
Posted by 38 year resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 31, 2015 at 3:14 pm

@ Online Name...how about a reality check? Let's start with Hilary Clinton whose female staff is payed less than males for similar work. How about EVERYONE (both democrat and republican)in Washington, D.C. whose female staffers are payed less than males. Don't try and play the republican "War On Women" game. It's hypocritical and untrue. Do let us know how democrats have advanced equal pay for women, besides talking about it and campaigning on it. Remember, they had control of the house and senate for quite awhile during this present administration's tenure.


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Posted by 38 year resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 31, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Sorry for the typo....paid, not payed.


6 people like this
Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 31, 2015 at 5:06 pm

mauricio is a registered user.

Yes, we need a conservative voice in D.C. we certainly don't have enough. We miss the wonderful days of September 2008, let's bring them back with Duf.


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Posted by Political Junkie
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:49 am

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Posted by Boxer was a bust in DC
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2015 at 1:41 pm

> What has this guy done to demonstrate that he has a nuanced, responsible, and
> sensitive understanding of state and federal issues that qualifies him to be
> one of the 100 U.S. Senators?

And what exactly qualified Barbara Boxer as a US Senator?

> We miss the wonderful days of September 2008, let's bring them back with Duf.

The meltdown of 2008 was so complicated that too many people were more than willing to "blame Bush", rather than trying to understand why the financial system broke down. Most people have no idea that Anna Eshoo voted to repeal Glass-Steagal and to restrict the US Government's ability to regulate credit default swaps in 1998. These two votes helped to create the destabilization that resulted in the meltdown in 2008. Credit default swaps almost cratered the nation's financial system alone. It's doubtful that Anna Eshoo--a person without a college degree--should ever have been elected to Congress.

Time for Sundheim to make his case on ideas, and it couldn't hurt if he were critical of Boxer/Feinstein where necessary.


2 people like this
Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 1, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Oh look, another attempt at revisionist history -- hate to burst your bubble, chum, but the blame for the economic meltdown of 2008 largely rests upon the non-actions of the Bush administration (no matter that Fox "News" tries to tell you differently).

And if you really think "Duf" has what it takes to be a United States Senator, you really don't understand the question.


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