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  •  It's entirely possible that (1+ / 0-)
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    Mike Gabbard and his network are pushing Tulsi Gabbard's campaign just because they know her personally and want her to succeed, rather than for ideological reasons.  What's interesting is how much her campaigns (past and present) have depended on that personal and familial support.  I can't say for sure, but I imagine it's unusual for a former state legislator and city councilmember to still have such a tight-knit and family-oriented group of donors and staffers.  Is this really the norm?

    26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

    by Xenocrypt on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 10:31:27 AM PST

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    •  apples to apples (1+ / 0-)
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      You'd have to compare her to other people whose parents are also political players (Connie Mack, Russ Carnahan, Ben Lujan, etc.) as opposed to people with no family history in politics.

      SSP poster. 42, CA-5, -0.25/-3.90

      by sacman701 on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 10:58:36 AM PST

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      •  That's sort of what I meant (1+ / 0-)
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        I think--is this really the norm even among the products of political dynasties?  Especially controversial and party-crossing political dynasties?  That's one more thing that makes this unusual--I imagine there's far more overlap between Carnahan people and Dem people in Missouri than there is between Gabbard people and Dem people in Hawaii.  So even if, say, Russ and Robin have a lot of the same donors, that might not say as much as Mike and Tulsi having a lot of the same donors.

        26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

        by Xenocrypt on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:15:33 AM PST

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