A few weeks ago, Larry LaRocco - the only announced candidate in the 2008 U.S. Senate race in Idaho, wrote his first diary at Daily Kos. In it, the Vietnam-era U.S. Army veteran and former Congressman told how he came to adopt "Do Right, Risk Consequences" as his guiding vision in public service. If you missed the diary, you can read it here.
LaRocco will be back here in the Kos diaries in two hours, at 2 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. Central, noon Mountain, and 11 a.m. Pacific. Today, he'll write about his new Working for Senate campaign and how he is taking jobs all across Idaho to work alongside Idaho voters and listen and learn about their lives. Two weeks ago, he worked as a garbageman in Orofino, Idaho. Friday, he'll be working at a nursing home in Pocatello.
We all know that - regardless of who wins the presidency in 2008 - we Democrats need as big a majority as we can muster in the U.S. Senate. LaRocco - whom Blue Oregon's Andrew Simon last weekend described as "Idaho's Jon Tester?" - has gotten into the race early and is dedicated to showing that Idaho can indeed be the next Mountain West state to go blue.
The Senate2008 guru, writing at Swing State Project, recently called LaRocco Idaho's "strongest Senate candidate in years." LaRocco himself has published a detailed memo telling why Idaho is at the tipping point.
Please set aside some time midday today to read what Larry has to say about the race. His diary will also mark the start of a 72-hour blograiser at Act Blue. Can we add $7200 to LaRocco's ActBlue total between now and noon Saturday? If every Kossack who wants a bigger Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate can kick in $10 or $20 in yeasty early money, LaRocco will be well on his way to putting Idaho on the national radar and giving the vulnerable sitting senator, Larry Craig, his pink slip.
Disclosure: I am working for the LaRocco for Senate campaign. Let's hear it for the netroots full-employment act!