Friday, May 01, 2009
Ah, 2010. The year we will finally be driving flying cars, wheeling around in jet-packs, and having a delicious dinner provided by a single pill.
At least that's what we were told back in the 70's. (For those of you not born yet, we were also told that we were going to rock and roll all night and party every day. But anyway...)
So some are thinking about 2010 more than others. Those include Rebekah Davis, the Democrat who moved back to Nebraska in order to challenge Congressman Adrian Smith for the 3rd District Congressional seat. There are State Senator Steve Lathrop and industrialist Tony Raimondo whom some have speculated may try for the Dem nomination to take on Dave Heineman.
And then there's the 2nd District Congressional seat. Much was made about President Obama's victory there in 2008, capturing an Electoral Vote. But you will remember that even with the Obama coattails, Democrat Jim Esch couldn't make it past Congressman Lee Terry.
In the meantime, as of 12/31/08, the Esch for Congress committee was still over $200,000 in debt. (Wonder if the state Dems help him out of that...) But will we see Jim again in the Year of the Flyin' SmartCar? Not likely.
But that doesn't mean others aren't up to it. For one, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has said they plan to target those 29 Republican Congressional districts where Obama won in 2008. Of course, they're not going to throw good money after bad, so it certainly depends on the candidate.
For some time the rumored Dem has been State Senator Tom White (he of the Kramer-esque doo), and White has certainly been pumping his name to elevate his status. White is likely to check the political winds to see what his odds are before committing. Will the DCCC be the breeze that tilts him in?
In any case, as newsed about the other day, a Republican has decided he will challenge Terry in the 2010 primary.
His name is Matt Sakalosky -- or Mat Sak -- and he's having his coming out party tonight at the German American Society.
Sakalosky already has his website up and running, and has a campaign manager named Lois Akers.
His website and press releases state that the thirty-seven year old has not been involved in Republican politics, or any other politics before. He states that he has "great support from active party members", but won't yet divulge who is supporting his quest to unseat Terry in the primary.
His original website had a section entitled, "Opponent Profile", but that is not included in his present edition. He has noted that he doesn't agree with Terry's original TARP vote.
Depending on what sort of resources Sakalosky can muster, Dems will be overjoyed by his entry into this race. Sakalosky's positions are the standard list of traditional Republican points, and will probably force Terry to lean hard right into them. Of course this usually means that Terry would have to run back to the center in the general -- possibly against an uncontested Democrat who has been positioning him or herself there for a year.
It will be interested to see where all this leads. Is it a bad thing for Terry to be contested? Get his name out a little more? Make him defend his GOP bona fides? Or will it just make a general election battle that much more difficult?
Think about it as you have that bacon-and-eggs-with-a-side-of-toast pill for breakfast.
And so that the Jean Stothert and Jon Blumenthal supporters can go at each others throats on the comment boards here, we direct you to the OWH story that states that, should she win, Jean Stothert's husband will have to resign his $58,000/year job as part-time medical director for the Fire Department.
Stothert says she just found out about that after the primary. Jon Blumenthal says that it shows her ties to the Fire Department, and would make her one-sided in negotiations.
Followers of each camp should wipe the spittle off the corners of their mouth while commenting, lest they ruin their keyboards.
Posted by Street Sweeper at 10:05 AM