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The last local political event I attended was Democracy for Metro Detroit's open 9th Congressional District candidate forum back in early February, at which we had 6 candidates attend (Democrats Nancy Skinner, John Ashcraft, Rhonda Ross and Frank Cona; Republican Pan Godchaux; and Libertarian Bob Schubring). As a brand-new father (our first child was born in February), I've been out of the loop politically since that time.

Well, things have changed quickly since then. First I learned that both Rhonda Ross and Frank Cona have bowed out of the race; now, according to, it looks like John Ashcraft is bowing out as well!

Conversely, in a related note, Pan Godchaux IS running in the Republican primary against Joe Knollenberg.

Assuming this is true--and I certainly trust D4MD, seeing how I'm the webmaster for it!--What does this mean?

Well, it means two important things just happened:

1. 9th CD Dems no longer have to worry about which Democratic candidate to vote for; it appears that Nancy Skinner is now unopposed for the nomination.

2. Incumbent Knollenberg could very well be knocked out of the Republican primary by Pan Godchaux, which would mean that no matter what happens in November, Joe Knollenberg would be toast! (Well, unless he ran as an Independent, which I find highly unlikely).

I'll leave it up to others to factor in what a third point--the fact that Michigan voters can vote in whichever primary they wish to--means for the first two points :)

Originally posted to Brainwrap on Wed May 17, 2006 at 11:45 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  she should (0+ / 0-)

    qualify for her surname, if for no other reason!

  •  Thanks for the update. (0+ / 0-)

    I was wondering what was up with that race.  I'm sure this Pan guy is no different or better than Knollenberg, so I'm glad Skinner is in the race.  I am going broke.  I have a bond, now I will need to send Skinner and Trupiano money, I just gave $50 to Hays Jones (D for State Senate), and now I got a fund raiser from Conyers.  One would think Conyers didn't have to fund raise.  Yeah - down with George Jr. - elect Skinner.

    When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.' - Theodore Roosevelt

    by dkmich on Thu May 18, 2006 at 03:29:14 AM PDT

    •  For the record... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...Pan Godchaux is actually a woman :)

      And, to be fair, it's my understanding that she is actually one of that all-too-rare breed: a true RINO (that is, from what I've heard, the only reason she's a Republican is 'cus in the past that's what it's taken to win in Oakland County).

      However, I could be mistaken, so don't take this as an endorsement of her in the general by any means--in fact, even if she is a "true" RINO--even if she would vote exactly the same on every issue as a Dem, which I doubt--I'd still vote for Skinner in the general if only to help ensure that the Dems retake Congress (think committee chairman powers, etc).

      The absolute #1 priority here is, of course, to make sure Knollenberg gets the boot, so this news is good on two fronts.

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