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Reposted from an earlier article I wrote on Saturday (I added a lot more to the article):
I was just looking around some websites, when I began to think about what Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) could do instead of run against Lacy Clay (D) in the Democratic primary in Missouri's 1st District, run for the Republican-oriented 2nd district (R+7), or run for Lieutenant Governor. If he runs in District 1, he will likely lose an expensive primary to Lacy Clay because the district is a very black district. He would likely lose in District 2, also, because the district is very Republican, at R+7 on the PVI scale, and Ann Wagner is running a strong campaign there. This option also is not for Lieutenant Governor, where incumbent Peter Kinder (R) is battered after a scandal. Many major Democrats are already in the race to run against Kinder, including a state Rep. and a former State Democratic chair, among many others. Carnahan's entry into this race could force an even more expensive and bloody primary than it already is, and let Kinder (or one of his many primary challengers) win the general election over a battered Democratic nominee. My option is explained below the fold.
I was just looking around some websites, when I began to think about what Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) could do instead of run against Lacy Clay (D) in the Democratic primary in Missouri's 1st District, where Lacy would likely win an expensive primary. He could also do my option instead of running in the Republican-oriented 2nd District, which is likely where he would run, but, would face a very uphill battle. This option also is not for Lieutenant Governor, where battered Republican incumbent Peter Kinder is running in a primary full of Republicans and faces a lot of major Democratic opposition already.
I think we should keep Carnahan in politics if he runs for State Auditor, which is the only other current post currently held statewide by a Republican (besides LG and Senator). Incumbent Republican Auditor Tom Schweich has said that he is considering running for Governor because of the weakness of Dave Spence and some dude Bill Randles. Although the State Auditor position isn't up until 2014, Carnahan could get a head start by campaigning for the position now, getting his name recognition up around the state, and likely winning the seat in 2014. If he does do this, he could then set up a run for Governor of Missouri in 2016 or a run against Republican Senator Roy Blunt. For Governor, either Jay Nixon will be term-limited or a Republican will be serving in the Governor's mansion. I think this is a great idea to keep Carnahan in politics because he is a great Democrat.
I just was looking around some websites, and thought that Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) could have an escape hatch by running for Lieutenant Governor instead of running for Governor, because it is an open seat, since current Democratic Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton is running for Governor.
The Governor's race already has the Lieutenant Governor (Walter Dalton) in the race, a former congressman (Bob Etheridge), and a state representative (Bill Faison) in the Democratic primary. I think it's a good idea that Miller run for LG and the only Democrat who has announced for the seat is a virtual unknown. Miller has name recognition and would have a great chance of holding the Lieutenant Governor post for us. He could also run for State Labor Commissioner or State Agriculture Commissioner, which are both currently posts held by Republicans.
Heath Shuler can also do the same thing. He can run for LG, SAG, or SLG. But, I think he is just going to retire. Brad is more seriously thinking about staying politically involved than Heath. I'd prefer to have Brad, personally.