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  •  A job well done! (16+ / 0-)

    I can totally understand wanting to retire.  She's in her early 70s, has done this for a fairly long time, and probably has other interests.  I can think of several things I'd rather do in Marin County than serve in Congress.

    She's been a solid progressive advocate across the board -- hopefully the district will select someone just as good.

    •  They probably will. (5+ / 0-)

      Rumor has had it for quite some time that Assembly Member Jared Huffman (D-Marin) wants to run for Congress here. He's probably the front runner at this point. PDA activist Norman Solomon has pretty much already announced, but at this point he's looking more like NorCal's version of Marcy Winograd.

      •  Maybe more like (3+ / 0-)
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        Tom Geoghegan?  I don't know why these sorts of activists focus their energy on unlikely Congressional campaigns.  First of all, why not start with something lower-level?

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

        by Xenocrypt on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 09:32:42 AM PDT

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        •  The House is the lowest Federal office (2+ / 0-)
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          If you want to change Federal policy, you don't run for mayor.

          http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/13/21516/201/804/660248

          by tommypaine on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 04:19:29 PM PDT

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          •  If you want to change federal policy (0+ / 0-)

            You run for something smaller that you can prove your chops on before you make a run for congress. You don't start out running for an office with a constituency of 700K people.

            Either that or you ignore electoral politics entirely and angle for a job in the bureaucracy.

            •  That doesn't make any sense (0+ / 0-)

              there is nothing lower.  It would be stupid to run for mayor or city council if you care about Iraq or free trade!

              The House is an entry level job, and a very good one at that.  

              And themn more to the point, who the hell wants career politicians in the House?  I sure don't.  The Senate, okay, fine.

              http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/13/21516/201/804/660248

              by tommypaine on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 04:55:48 PM PDT

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              •  I want someone who has proven (0+ / 0-)

                they understand politics and will be an effective advocate for the policies I believe in. 90% of the time, that means a successful track record in state or local government.

                •  What's wrong with Steve Kagen? (0+ / 0-)

                  He was a doctor.  

                  I want progressive leadership from Congress.  Maybe 10% of the time you get that from career politicians.  

                  Career politicans that work there way up should be statewide officeholders or on a path to the Senate.  We hardly ever see statewide officeholders run for Congress.  That's because that "proven record" is not a natural fit for the entry level job of Congressmember.

                  Sure state legislators and mayors can be fine congressmembers,  but in no way is that kind of work better for a Congressmember than to be an entrepreneur, physician, businessperson, activist, etc.

                  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/13/21516/201/804/660248

                  by tommypaine on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 05:15:52 PM PDT

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                  •  Steve Kagan is the exception that proves the rule (2+ / 0-)
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                    Seriously, this whole anti "career politician" thing has never made any sense to me. In any other field, prior experience in the field is considered a good thing.

                    •  Being an assemblymember (0+ / 0-)

                      is zero prior experience for being a Congressmember.

                      And virtually every profession values fresh perspective over an "organization man".

                      Stereotypes don't make a good member of Congress.  Whether a person has never been elected, or been elected many times, there are far more important things to consider in terms of how effective a person can be as a Congressmember.

                      The House is an entry level Federal job.  Being a state or local office holder, a federal bureaucrat or lobbyist, or a private life person all are valid entry paths, none of which make a person more likely or not to take on the thoroughly unique job of Congressmember.

                      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/13/21516/201/804/660248

                      by tommypaine on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 05:46:08 PM PDT

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                      •  Congress is not an entry level job (3+ / 0-)
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                        In any way, shape, or form. It comes with a six digit salary and several paid underlings.

                        If you INSIST on dividing federal and state legislative affairs, the entry level job is congressional aide, not congressman. However, the idea that experience in state and local government does not provide good experience for members of congress is ludicrous. Even though they don't deal with ALL of the same issues, there's a lot of overlap, particularly involving budgets and the economy. Furthermore, experience in state and local government gives you experience with how political institutions work that would be valuable even if you were dealing with ANY of the same issues.

                        What you're basically saying is that some random joe schome off the streets of Richmond is just as qualified to be Virginia's Senator as Tim Kaine.

                        •  ??? (0+ / 0-)

                          The House of Represenatives is not part of the Senate.

                          And physicians don't become congressional aides, that's silly.

                          http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/13/21516/201/804/660248

                          by tommypaine on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 07:35:15 PM PDT

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                          •  By your logic, though (0+ / 0-)

                            Kaine has no federal legislative experience, and none of his work in state government is relevant to work in the federal legislature.

                            Also, from a job experience stand point, it makes at least as much since for a physician to become a congressional aide to someone one on the Senate HELP committee as it does for them to run for congress. It's still a career change. It's just that they tend not to do that because congressional aide positions don't pay as well.

                          •  LOL, wtf are you talking about? (0+ / 0-)

                            I didn't say anything about the Senate other than to say state office holders are good candidates.

                            You don't seem to be reading the posts.

                            http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/13/21516/201/804/660248

                            by tommypaine on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 07:53:43 PM PDT

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                          •  Yes I am (0+ / 0-)

                            In what way is someone who has no qualifications to serve in the lower house of the federal judiciary more qualified to serve in the upper house?

                    •  I sympathize, but truly, if you aren't (1+ / 0-)
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                      interested in the issues at the state or local level, then you shouldn't run for state or local office.  You should try for federal.

                      "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau -6.38, -4.15

                      by James Allen on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 08:15:58 PM PDT

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                •  What's wrong with Steve Kagen? (0+ / 0-)

                  He was a doctor.  

                  I want progressive leadership from Congress.  Maybe 10% of the time you get that from career politicians.  

                  Career politicans that work there way up should be statewide officeholders or on a path to the Senate.  We hardly ever see statewide officeholders run for Congress.  That's because that "proven record" is not a natural fit for the entry level job of Congressmember.

                  Sure state legislators and mayors can be fine congressmembers,  but in no way is that kind of work better for a Congressmember than to be an entrepreneur, physician, businessperson, activist, etc.

                  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/13/21516/201/804/660248

                  by tommypaine on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 05:16:15 PM PDT

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