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View Diary: Breaking News: GOP Congressman Greenwood (PA-08) Leaving Congress This Year (134 comments)

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  •  Hmm (none)
    How much you want to bet Greenwood's been sitting on this decision for a couple months, on the suggestion of the RNC?

    What happens now is they (the Repubs) get to pick whomever they want, and will likely come up with someone formidable. Not only will that person have a free shot at a winnable seat without the nastiness of a primary or the bother of raising primary money (which is much, much harder for GOPers than general election money), but he/she will get to run against a pretty much unknown, sacrificial-lamb-who-got-very-lucky opponent. Nine times out of ten, candidates who get breaks like this Dem lose anyway.

    I really hope she can rise to the occasion. I'm afraid it was our side who more or less pioneered this particular maneuver (call it the Torricelli Flop). We may get bit by it.

    I'll give her some bucks. Maybe she's a diamond in the rough. But frankly, I wish we'd known this a few months ago!!!

    •  maybe (none)
      But the articles seemed to indicate that this was a more recent job opportunity that has come up.  

      I don't understand what you mean by "we may get bit by it".  Do you mean that the Dem will probably lose anyway?  Or do you mean things will turn out worse since we'll get our hopes up?

      Be a patriot, move to a swing state.

      by Sedge on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 02:07:10 PM PDT

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    •  Two points (none)
      First Torricelli did not pull off a stunning political maneuver, he was dragged kicking and screaming to the podium by the NJ Dem Party.

      Second, if the State GOP needs to do this to fight off a Club for Growth insurgent candidate then its in sad shape. Ginny is going to get a huge news boost for the next week (I'm sure Rendell is already on the way for the joint press conference) and then again when they do pick the candidate.

      It might be a master plan. But it's not an ingenious one if it is. The state GOP isn't doing nearly well enough to intentionally rolling the dice on a gambit like this.

    •  Dems may pressure her to drop out (none)
      I would guess that some of the top Democrats in Bucks County may try to convince her to drop out and replace her with a stronger candidate. All the state senators from Bucks County are Republicans and Thomas Corrigan, Sr. and Anthony Melio appear to be the only Democratic state representatives so it doesn't seem like we have many potential candidates because the county is republican in state politics, even though it voted for Rendell.

      However, Peter Kostmayer, who was the Democratic congressman before he lost to Greenwood in 1992 could run again and he did run for legislature in 2002, but lost.

      I doubt that Schrader would get off the ballot considering this oppurtunity but she may feel some pressure if Democrats don't think she can win.

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