Is this the same person? Susan Bonilla’s State Senate campaign sent a mailer last week featuring former Rep. Ellen Tauscher using a much younger photo than the current version, on the right.
A second Bonilla mailer shows a more mature
Ellen Tauscher.

STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Politically savvy voters in the State Senate’s 7th District were probably shocked by former Rep. Ellen Tauscher’s apparent makeover into the Dynasty-era blonde featured in a mailer sent last week on behalf of Susan Bonilla’s bid for the open seat next month.

The mailer, which arrived in mailboxes around Valentine’s Day was paid for by the California Dental Association’s independent expenditure committee.

Roughly a day later another piece featuring Tauscher followed, this time coming from Bonilla’s campaign.

However, the second piece was far more accurate, showing Tauscher with the short, brown haircut more recently seen, for instance, as her official photo at the U.S. State Department.

The California Dental Association might hearkening back to better days with other mailers in this race. Paid political advertisements by the group for Bonilla featuring the endorsements of Rep. Mark DeSaulnier and State School Superintendent Tom Torlakson, also look a bit dated.

Using a much younger photo is usually reserved for veteran Real Estate agents, online dating profiles and independent expenditure committees not paying attention to what they’re doing.