Thank you so much! On the Expand the Map! ActBlue page, Tom Allen has reached the 10 contribution plateau and Rick Noriega has reached the 20 contribution plateau. My last ask for a while: Larry LaRocco is just one contribution away from the 25 contribution plateau. Can we get Larry LaRocco one more contribution?
On a personal note, it's always fulfilling to see a draft effort website auto-forward to the campaign website of the candidate they were trying to draft. What do I mean? Click on RunAndrewRun.com or DraftHorne.org and see where they go.
New Jersey: Another Garden State Republican, Ramapo College professor Murray Sabrin, is considering a 2008 Senate bid, joining businesswoman Anne Evans Estabrook and state senator-elect Joe Pennacchio. It's getting awfully crowded in there.
Oregon: The Oregon Republican Party is having a very difficult time finding anybody to run for statewide offices. My question: does this help or hurt Gordon Smith? It could help him because, with no other viable candidates for other offices, the OR-GOP and party activists would focus singularly on his re-election bid. But it could hurt him because, with no other exciting Republican candidates revving up the base, it could deflate enthusiasm among Republicans and hurt Smith's turnout. Worse for Smith, what if some real wingnuts run unopposed for the Republican nominations for these statewide offices and spout far-right-wing Republican rhetoric, reminding moderate Oregon voters why they typically haven't elected Republicans statewide (except for Smith) in a long while.
North Carolina: Call me a crazy person clinging desperately to a glimmer of hope, but this exchange from Democratic Governor Mike Easley seems interesting:
He has spent nearly 30 years in public office as a district attorney, attorney general, and now governor. Easley says he has avoided efforts from other Democrats to convince him to run for the U.S. Senate.Next year he can talk about it? That wasn't a "I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm not running for Senate." North Carolina's filing deadline isn't until February 29th 2008 (thank goodness for leap years). Maybe somebody should kick into gear a Draft Easley effort?
“So next year when we have this interview we can talk about what I will do in the future,” he said.
Texas: Want to know how low Texans regard John Cornyn? Even his alleged "supporters" don't really pay attention to the job Cornyn is doing:
Cornyn presented his candidate paperwork for the March 4 primary at the Republican Party of Texas headquarters, alongside Railroad Commission Chairman Michael Williams. As he introduced Cornyn, Williams inadvertently said Cornyn "now serves us as a member of the United States Supreme Court," before correcting himself.Inept or apathetic? Either word could apply comfortably to Cornyn's style of governance.