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  •  Then she won't have much to run on. (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, MichaelNY

    I tend to take people at their word, until they do something to change that. She may just have a record to run on then.

    19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin for Senate!

    by ndrwmls10 on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 07:00:01 AM PDT

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    •  Cohen has been unresponsive to his constituents (4+ / 0-)

      He's been there for eight years now and he's still White and Jewish.  

      Seriously, though.  Hart is perfectly entitled to run on the basis of "I'd be better at advocating for what we want."  There's no law that says a decent congresscritter in a safe district has a lifetime claim on the seat.  

      It's better to curse the darkness than light a candle. --Whoever invented blogs, c.1996

      by Rich in PA on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 07:22:14 AM PDT

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      •  I don't disagree, but .... (5+ / 0-)

        There are too many people in safe Democratic districts who have been there forever and never really have to account for anything.  A respectful airing of differences of opinion, background, outlook, etc. is good -- and putting more good Democrats before the public helps the party.

        But .....

        While I'll give Ms. Hart the same benefit of the doubt I'd give anyone, given how the last few election cycles played out in Memphis, I'm skeptical.  Congressman Cohen was slimed in the most vile and contemptable way -- and it was made worse that the attacks came from other Democrats.

        I'm not sure Hart will even be able to control the attacks on him.  Even if she is independent of the Ford Machine (if there really is one left to speak of), I'm sure they'll not miss an opportunity to take shots at Cohen.  Sleazy, anti-Semetic literature was dropped in the district last time by a minister who lived like 100 miles away from Memphis.

        So yes, let her honestly offer herself as a candidate, but I' really skeptical of what's going to come.

        •  Pretty merited skepticism at this point (2+ / 0-)
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          Remember when Harold Ford Sr. said that Cohen was "too liberal" and that Memphis was a "Christian city"?  

          I’m asking all of you:: Don’t let this man reject Jake Ford Jr (sic). Now, Jake Ford Jr. is the man that you need. And I promise you that Jake Ford Jr. – he don’t believe in no same-sex marriages! We’re from a Christian city here. He doesn’t believe in legalizing marijuana. This man that’s running against Jake wants some sex shops running in downtown Memphis on a Sunday! That’s our religious holiday. He shouldn’t be doing that and then saying he’s the most liberal Democrat. He is too liberal! I mean, paramutual betting. And this lottery! A lottery ain’t nothing but a tax on poor people. And why would you brag about lottery. And the very people that the lottery’s supposed to help are the very people that can’t go to college and benefit from it. So I say to you: Trust me, you trusted me as your congressman. We don’t know much about the other person. He missed 49 percent of his votes in 18 years in the state Senate.

          Dude, did you get your own son's name wrong?  By adding a Jr.?  When your name is Harold and his name is Jake?  I think you have bigger problems than primaries.  "We don't know much about the other person.  He's only been a state Senator for 18 years."

          http://www.memphisflyer.com/...

          (Link via politico via googling)

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

          by Xenocrypt on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 07:50:23 AM PDT

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          •  I want to know if she's attached to the (2+ / 0-)
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            Inoljt, MichaelNY

            old machine. Something tells me she's not. She defeated a long time Democratic incumbent on the school board.

            19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin for Senate!

            by ndrwmls10 on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 07:52:46 AM PDT

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            •  She might just be (5+ / 0-)

              An ambitious but clean politician who aggressively pursues the next office.  You might recall when a state Senator primaried Bobby Rush.  I don't remember what happened to that guy.  

              Anyway, for me, the first thing to look at would be the people who donated to her school board campaign, and to see if they've also donated to the various Fords.  But I can't seem to find that info with a few seconds of Googling.  Even the Philadelphia elections people have donor information online and I can't believe any city will be behind ours in transparency.  Anyone know where to look?

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

              by Xenocrypt on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 07:57:52 AM PDT

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              •  Ok, this is barking up the wrong tree (2+ / 0-)
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                ftp://ftp.shelbycountytn.gov/...

                At least recently, she raised a grand total of 698 dollars.  Maybe she raised more when she ran in 2004, but I doubt that's around.

                Also, she must be impressive to some people, as she won an Aspen-Rodel fellowship, which is given to "rising star" types of both parties, and has previously gone to the likes of Gabrielle Giffords, Kamala Harris, Mark Kirk, Paul Ryan, and (also) Artur Davis, Robin Carnahan, and Deb Markowitz.

                The Aspen-Rodel Fellowship Class of 2010 includes: Minnesota State Representative Sarah Anderson, Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Massachusetts State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Arkansas State Representative Steve Harrelson, Memphis School Board President Tomeka Hart, Alexandria (VA) Councilwoman Alicia Hughes, Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston, Kansas State Representative Jeff King, Oregon State Representative Tina Kotek, Delaware State Representative Tom Kovach, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger, Oklahoma State Senator Todd Lamb, George State Representative Alisha Morgan, New Orleans Councilmember Kristin Palmer, Washington State Representative Kevin Parker, Maine State Senator Kevin Raye, Arizona State Representative Michelle Reagan, New Jersey State Senator Teresa Ruiz, Florida State Representative Juan Zapata, and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

                http://phillyda.wordpress.com/...

                Previous recipients here.

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

                by Xenocrypt on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 08:08:28 AM PDT

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