OK, I've been posting these diaries in support of Lance Enderle's Write-In campaign in MI-08 for several weeks now. When I posted it the first time, I included some rather negative language about Kande Ngalamulume, the candidate (and my former client) who preceded Lance and who is currently listed on the ballot for the August 3rd Democratic Primary.
After Mr. Ngalamulume contacted me to strongly protest my characterization of/speculation about his motives for doing what he did, I thought it over, and out of a sense of professionalism (in 11 years, I'd never publicly badmouthed a former client before) as well as the fact that his reasons for doing what he did weren't relevant to the current situation, I quickly edited the wording and stuck to the facts of the current situation. Since then, I've posted the below-the-fold diary explaining the mess in MI-08 and how Lance Enderle is attempting to salvage the situation.
Below the fold, read up on the backstory, on Enderle, and about the latest twist:
In Michigan's 8th district, Mike Rogers, the incumbent GOP Congressman who actually tried to blaming Pres. Obama for Gen. McChrystal's insults in Rolling Stone, was responsible for the gutting of a ban on drilling in the Great Lakes 5 years ago. He's basically a total jackass.
As far as I can tell, Rogers isn't a star in the GOP. As far as I can tell, he's very good at raising money and getting re-elected, and not much else. He's a rubber stamp for the GOP, but boy is he good at keeping his seat.
This, of course, is where Howard Dean's 50-State Strategy kicks in, right? DON'T CEDE ANY DISTRICT TO THE REPUBLICANS; run a candidate everywhere, no matter how long the odds.
Cut to the 2010 campaign.
Earlier this year, a guy named Kande Ngalamulume decided to take a shot. Unfortunately, after finding a lack of financial support, he dropped out of the race on June 2--in a very public manner (via email press release), several weeks after the filing deadline. According to the local press, he then left the state.
Since he waited until after the filing deadline to drop out, and was the only one to file, his name will remain on the August 3rd ballot and, presumably, the November general election ballot anyway unless either dies or registers to vote in a different state--and so far, he hasn't filed elsewhere. If he does, then the 8th District Dems can legally challenge his name being on the ballot and could scramble to get someone else to replace him, but otherwise, they're in a bind. Rogers now has a completely uncontested race, and is free to roam around the state, raising money for whoever the GOP has running agains Mark Schauer (MI-07) and Gary Peters (MI-09), or turning over a chunk of his million-dollar war chest to the RNC, or whatever he likes. The 8th District Dems are in a pickle.
However, there is one more way out of this pickle, Which brings me to the point of this diary:
Lance is a government school teacher (he was laid off last year; don't get me started about the state budget cuts by the GOP-controlled Michigan State Senate). He also happens to be a pro-choice, progressive Democrat, who was very active in Democratic politics in the '90's up north (He worked for Bart Stupak for a number of years; say what you will about Stupak, but aside from his recent HCR/Abortion debacle, he's been a pretty solid Dem on most of the other important issues). He got burnt out and got out of the political game 10 years ago...until a few weeks ago.
Lance decided that he was so pissed off about the thought of Mike Rogers getting a free ride that he's going to attempt the
impossible improbable: He filed to run for U.S. Congress as a write-in Democrat.
His primary goal (pun intended) is to at least win the nomination. While stopping there would normally be pretty meaningless, given the unique circumstances at hand, this would be huge.
The bad news, of course, is that not only does he have to get more votes than the only name actually on the ballot on Aug. 3rd; not only does he have to hope that the voters of the district know how to spell his name; but he also only has 8 days to get the word out about it.
I got in touch with Lance after hearing about him jumping into the ring and he's brought me on board to handle his campaign website from top to bottom.
Now, I know what you're saying: This guy doesn't have a chance in hell. OK, probably, but if you'd told me on September 12, 2001 that the next President elected--with more votes than any other candidate in history, I might add--would be a black Democrat named Barack Hussein Obama, I'd have said you were nuts.
THE LATEST TWIST:
And now, we come to the AP article printed a couple of days ago. The key passage (emphasis mine):
For his part, Ngalamulume says he just wants to see a Democrat representing the 8th District.
"I want Mike Rogers out of office. However that happens, I'm for it," he said Wednesday.
However, Ngalamulume says if he wins the primary, doesn't move out of state and donors begin lining up, he'd be willing to resurrect the campaign in the fall.
Um...look, I'm trying to keep this as professional as possible, so I'll just say...gee, that's mighty big of you, Mr. Ngalamulume.
Meanwhile, I'd like to invite you to learn more about Lance Enderle, more about his campaign, and perhaps (of course) to pony up a few bucks for the underdog race of the year:
If you can't donate money, please at least rec this up to help spread the word, Thanks!
Full disclosure: While I'm working for far less than my normal rates, I am still being modestly paid. Mostly, however, I'm just pissed at the mess caused by Kande's withdrawl and am trying to help salvage the situation.