West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) is expected to announce next week that she will run for Senate, according to three people with knowledge of her plans.Naturally, spokesman for the NRSC (aka National Rusty-Ideas Senatorial Committee) issued this in response to Tennant's candidacy:
Tennant is perhaps the last remaining big-name recruit for Democrats, who have struggled to find a standard-bearer for the seat held by retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).
She is expected to make her campaign official Tuesday, followed by stops in a few cities across the state.
Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said Tennant will give Democrats false hope in a red state.She's far too liberal for a Senate race yet she got elected as Secretary of State in West Virginia.
"Strategically, Tennant is great for Republicans in that she's enough of a mirage to keep National Democrats and donors walking through the desert," Dayspring said, adding that Tennant is "far too liberal" for a Senate race.
Sorry Mr. Dayspring (name should be Dayfall, not Dayspring since we're in the fall 2013) but you just earned the lamest argument of the week.
Additional insight from Politico on what Natalie Tennant's run for the U.S. Senate means as far as whether Democrats keep control of the Senate or not:
The expected announcement by the former television reporter gives Democrats their first credible candidate in an uphill campaign against Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito. Tennant is known across The Mountain State for her work in the media and has twice won statewide elections to be secretary of state, though she was unsuccessful in a 2011 gubernatorial run.It also appears that West Virginia Metronews reporter Hoppy Kercheval, according to Politico, was the first to report the news. He appeared to first take to Twitter the announcement.
The race will be key to Democrats’ efforts to retain control of the Senate majority next year, given a number of tough reelection races for red-state Democrats and the 2014 retirements of longtime members of the upper chamber, including West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller.
SOS Natalie Tennant finalizing plans for announcement next week that she's running for U.S. Senate.— Hoppy Kercheval (@HoppyKercheval) September 13, 2013
Now we just need the following:
Natalie Tennant's Campaign Website,
Any additional points of information necessary for West Virginia Democrats and others to get involved.
Keep your eyes peeled!