No, this is not the start of a new feature, "Wednesday Morning Babes", it's what we might hope is the beginning of a new era, one marked without Dianne Feinstein in the US Senate.
Meet Elizabeth Emken. She's a 48 year old mother of three, graduate of UCLA, who will be running against Dianne Feinstein for the US Senate from California.
From her website:
For over a decade Elizabeth Emken has served as an advocate for developmentally disabled children, most recently as Vice President for Government Relations at Autism Speaks, the Nation's largest science and advocacy organization devoted to the public health emergency of autism.
Before becoming active with the autism issue, Elizabeth served in management, financial analysis, and corporate operations at IBM. As an efficiency and cost cutting expert, Elizabeth utilized activity-based cost analyses to identify administrative savings across IBM U.S. – helping streamline operations, eliminate waste, and save the company millions of dollars.
Wow. If only she could bring those skills to bear on the federal government! Defeating a well heeled incumbent is usually an uphill battle. Perhaps this is the year that proves the exception to the rule? With all that is at stake, 2012 is the year to remember that "Our Time, Our Talent and Our Treasure" will be needed to give to take this country back!
Cross posted at Proof Positive