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Recruitment: Far too often, people take potshots at campaign committees and their leaders for supposedly doing a bad job recruiting candidates. But it's a wrong-headed complaint, because we don't know what goes on behind closed doors, and as Nathan Gonzales elaborates in a thoughtful new piece, recruiters are dealing with real human beings who have lives—and problems—of their own. Nathan asked operatives in both parties for some examples of attempts to woo candidates that fell short for reasons beyond their control. Here's his sampling (with names withheld):

Potential candidate's father has Alzheimer's and decided to move in with her.

Potential candidate's wife "wasn't up to it."

Potential candidate has young children and she didn't want to be away from them so often.

Potential candidate's wife is a two-time breast cancer survivor whose health didn't allow the margin for a top-tier race.

As Nathan says, "Until party strategists obtain the abilities to heal the sick and cause children to age more rapidly, there is no amount of polling or promises that will get some potential recruits to run for Congress." And without those magic powers, there's simply nothing recruiters could have done in any of the above situations, and countless more. So just bear that in mind the next time you encounter someone who insists that Steve Israel's to blame for Democratic recruiting difficulties. He's working as hard as he can. Just sometimes—a lot of the time—real life intervenes.

4Q Fundraising:

AR-Sen: Tom Cotton (R): $1.2 million raised, $2.2 million cash-on-hand

MI-Sen: Gary Peters (D): $1 million raised

AZ-09: Kyrsten Sinema (D): $339,000 raised, $1 million cash-on-hand

CO-06: Mike Coffman (R-inc): $405,000 raised, $1.5 million cash-on-hand

MN-07: Torrey Westrom (R): $84,000 raised (in December)


AK-Sen: Even though Alaska and its congressional representatives tend to be quite friendly toward resource extraction industries, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich has come out against the development of a copper and gold deposit in Bristol Bay known as Pebble Mine, following an EPA report that said the mine would pose serious risk to salmon fisheries in the bay. In response, the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association is running an ad that sings the virtues of Alaska fishermen while praising Begich for "taking a good, honest look at the science" and thanking him for his stance.

VoteVets, interestingly enough, is also getting it on the action. Their ad (backed by a reported $25,000 buy) features an Iraq vet turned fisherman who opposes Pebble Mine as well. The spot doesn't mention Begich, but it does give him added cover, and it also frames the mine as being in the interest of a "foreign company" (Northern Dynasty Minerals, a Canadian firm). And you know who else didn't want the mine? The late Sen. Ted Stevens.

NC-Sen: Fun stuff, especially if you love Tom Cruise-esque rants against "psychiatry." This is where Scientology meets the black helicopter crowd!

VA-Sen: Rasmussen: Mark Warner (D-inc): 51, Ed Gillespie (R): 37. Christopher Newport: Warner 50, Gillespie 30.

TX-Sen: Looks like Steve Stockman has pulled a D.B. Cooper, only without all the cash. A new report from the AP has the Republican congressman—who of course is trying to unseat Sen. John Cornyn in the primary—making Waldo look as conspicuous as Dumbo:

"Stockman has made just one major public appearance in Texas— chastising Cornyn as too liberal before about 50 tea party activists at a north Dallas church Jan. 14. That followed his skipping a scheduled appearance before a larger tea party group in Bedford, near Fort Worth."

"Stockman has missed 17 straight House votes since Jan. 9— including one on the $1.1 trillion omnibus federal spending package he promised on Twitter to vote against."

"Stockman's staff won't say where he is. They have ignored more than six weeks of emails, telephone messages and social media posts from The Associated Press and other news outlets."

In fact, says the AP, the only time anyone's laid eyes on Stockman recently was when he took a House-sponsored trip to Egypt! This vanishing act is reminiscent of ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s disappearance in 2012, and Stockman's political career isn't headed in a much better direction than JJJ's.


AZ-Gov: Given his likelihood of success, this might be better filed under "Where Are They Now?," but Frank Riggs is back in the news. When was Frank Riggs in the news for the first time, you might be asking? He's the representative who held CA-01 for three terms in the 1990s, in what was the last gasp of Republicanism for California's now-very-blue North Coast.

After losing California's GOP Senate primary in 1998, Riggs moved to Arizona in 2002, where he gave some thought to running for governor in 2006 but found he couldn't, because he needed to have lived there for at least five years. The political itch is a persistent ailment, though, and now Riggs is poised to join the crowded Republican field in this year's gubernatorial contest, though he starts out at a serious name recognition deficit compared with Secretary of State Ken Bennett and state Treasurer Doug Ducey. (David Jarman)


MI-14: Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence just declared her entry into the Democratic primary for Rep. Gary Peters' open seat, a day after a Lake Research poll came out showing her with a wide lead. It's not clear who paid for the survey, but seeing as it was conducted all the way back in November, it's likely from Lawrence herself, especially since she has a 37-6 lead over state Rep. Rudy Hobbs. State Sen. Bert Johnson takes 5, ex-state Rep. LaMar Lemmons is at 3, and state Sen. Vince Gregory earns just 1 percent support.

VA-08: State Del. Patrick Hope has become the first Democrat to announce a campaign for the seat held by retiring Rep. Jim Moran. Del. Charniele Herring, who is also chair of the Virginia Democratic Party, says she's entering the race, too. Herring (no relation to newly elected Attorney General Mark Herring) will step down as chair to focus on her bid. And businessman Bruce Shuttlesworth, who tried to primary Moran last cycle, also says he'll run again, but a bazillion other Democrats are still contemplating bids in this safely blue district.

VA-10: Ugh, terrible news! State Sen. Dick Black (aka the Paul Broun of Northern Virginia) has unexpectedly dropped out of the race for Virginia's open 10th District. Democrats were gleeful at the prospect of the incendiary Black causing serious problems for Del. Barbara Comstock in the fight for the GOP nomination, and since there was a good chance Black could have wound up the nominee himself, he'd have made this seat much more difficult for Republicans to hold.

Black claims that Republican leaders in the Senate pressured him to stay because the chamber is split 20-20, but I'm skeptical, especially since Black wouldn't have to give up his seat for a year, Democrats already control the chamber thanks to Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam's tiebreaking vote, and the GOP would be favored to hold Black's 51-48 Romney district anyway.

But, alas, he's gone. Comstock may not have the Republican field to herself, though. Frederick County Board Chair Richard Shickle has said that he'll run, and there are still several other names floating out there.

Other Races:

IN Ballot: So Brian Bosma, the Republican state House speaker in Indiana, managed to force that anti-same sex marriage constitutional amendment through his chamber, though he employed a slightly different shenanigan than the one he was contemplating last week. Instead of replacing stubborn fellow Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, he simply moved the bill to a more conservative panel, the Elections Committee. There, the amendment passed easily on Wednesday, with all nine Republicans voting for it and three Democrats voting against (one was absent).

Now the amendment will move to the House floor, but because it also purports to ban civil unions, some legislators are contemplating changes. If they do that, though, they risk going back to square zero, because a constitutional amendment can only appear on the ballot if it's passed by two consecutive legislatures. Trying to push this off to 2016 would be very dicey indeed, but there's certainly no guarantee that Republicans will meet with success even if they forge ahead this year.

Grab Bag:

Demographics: Data vizier (if that isn't an official job title somewhere yet, it should be) Adam Carstens is out with a number of state-level maps that look simple but, using 2013 Census data, actually tell a lot about how the various states are growing (or stagnating). Carstens breaks growth down into two categories: growth from immigration (and, from there, domestic and international immigration), and growth from births. Utah and Texas (with lots of Mormons and Latinos, respectively) seem to lead the way with births as a percentage of a state's population, while the Dakotas (with their energy boom) are among the tops for domestic immigration, percentage-wise.

Florida and the large states in the northeast lead the way for international immigration; in fact, that seems to be the main thing propelling Florida's growth, since it's one of the states with the lowest "natural increase" (probably due to how many old people retire there). Carstens also includes deaths, percentage-wise, as a counterpoint, and unsurprisingly, old and white states like Pennsylvania and West Virginia are among the leaders in that category. (David Jarman)

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Comment Preferences

  •  Digest question (1+ / 0-)
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    Is there any particular reason most participants don't rec these diaries?  Do we want to stay off the rec list, or something?  

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 05:50:12 AM PST

  •  Alaska is another state with very high birth rate (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, divineorder

    It's easy to miss on his map.

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 05:51:42 AM PST

  •  Census source data -- Carsten's maps (1+ / 0-)
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    David Jarman

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 05:58:58 AM PST

  •  Don't blame recruiting committees... (8+ / 0-)

    Blame how difficult running for office is.  Not much a tiny party committee can do about it.  That won't change until we have robust public marketing (not financing, necessarily) of elections, and shorter election cycles.

    •  I'm inclining more and more to proportional (5+ / 0-)

      representation rather than individual candidates. . . . we could use some smaller parties . . . but more appropriately,it would de-gerrymander our elections.

      "Where some see a system for encouraging discussion . . . others see an echo chamber of bad grammar, unchecked stupidity, and constructive interference . . . " -- Ars Technica

      by Rikon Snow on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 06:21:37 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Multimember districts and approval voting (2+ / 0-)
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        Rikon Snow, MPociask

        The solution(s) to the problem.

        My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right. -- Senator Carl Schurz(MO-1899)

        by Adam Blomeke on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 06:36:50 AM PST

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        •  There is always a well-known solution (2+ / 0-)
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          Adam Blomeke, VClib
          to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.
          H. L. Mencken

          The experience of multimember districts is that it allows fringe parties into the Legislature in the most ideologically pure form.

          Approval voting can help, but it is no cure. In many deep Red districts, it would be the exact equivalent of getting primaried from the right.

          Neither helps against gerrymandering.

          Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

          by Mokurai on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 07:41:05 AM PST

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    •  You can also blame the hyper-partisan (4+ / 0-)
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      SueDe, Odysseus, MPociask, stevenaxelrod

      atmosphere of our current politics. Not that many people can take it. I know that I wouldn't be able to sit still for that kind of guff in those quantities. I marvel every time I see Elijah Cummings sitting next to Darrell Issa at a House Oversight Committee meeting biting his tongue.

      Also, not that many people are prepared for the hyper-partisan attacks that would come their way during a campaign. Look at what they are saying about Wendy Davis. "Abortion Barbie" is the least of it.

      Then there is the constant need to raise money, which reportedly consumes more than half of a candidate's or elected official's time.

      From the Republican point of view, all of this is working as intended.

      If we got rid of the filibuster and the gerrymanders, the case would be different.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 07:35:51 AM PST

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      •  Local candidates are the farm team for the future (4+ / 0-)
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        Odysseus, stevenaxelrod, MPociask, VClib

        The Republicans encourage people to run for every available seat, win or lose.  Often they are unopposed at the local level. Many local seats are non-partisan, and once you are an office holder, you have status. It becomes easier to move up the food chain into partisan races at the County, State, and even national levels because you have an existing base of support and name recognition.

        In November I won a non partisan City Council seat in a Red district. In the town next door, a good friend snagged a seat on the township board because he ran unopposed.  Again, a Red district.  Two more visible Democrats in office gives courage to others.

        Yes, raising money is a pain.  But it's not a reason to not run. At the local level people will give you enough money in donations of $20 and up, but they will also give you time.  You must ask. They want someone to support.

        In Short, If you ever though you should run for office, do it now. Run for something local.  Run more than once if you don't win the first time. We need boots on the ground, talking the talk. That's what a good campaign does.

        Imagine all the people, living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. John Lennon

        by GwenM on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 10:41:20 AM PST

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    •  I agree with your diagnosis (2+ / 0-)
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      MPociask, VClib

      "You too can spend thousands of dollars of your own money and risk the job you have now to become a full time telemarketer with no time to spend with your own family. If you succeed, you'll get to do it for years more so you can run again."

      And for many kinds of careers, once you step into that maelstrom, you wouldn't be able to go back to your old career.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 08:05:36 AM PST

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    •  Yes, But Steve Israel is STILL an Asshat (0+ / 0-)

      always begging for money, and promising The Moon and Arpège, and delivering Wall Street Suck-Butt Toads like one of MY Senators, Chuck Schumer.

      •  Wall Street is such a big part of the economy (0+ / 0-)

        and budget of both New York City and the State of New York you won't have an anti-Wall St US Senator in the foreseeable future. Wall St is the biggest economic engine in New York City and State so the US Senators are going to look out for the economic engine.  

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 02:54:38 PM PST

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  •  Dealing with recruiting on a local level (16+ / 0-)

    I'm about ready to hit Ohio's February 5 filing deadline with no candidate for state rep or county commissioner. I've tried; I've called several people who I thought were viable--township officials, a mayor, longtime party loyalists--and everybody had a reason not to do it. The money's not there; it's tough for Democrats to win, so why bother; I don't want to run because my wife is retiring this year and we want to spend a month or two in Florida.

    So, we hit the filing deadline, and the Democratic ballot is nearly empty. And we look like a hapless bunch, or like incompetents who don't even try. But what was I supposed to do? Resort to blackmail?

    •  Thanks for trying (11+ / 0-)

      It is important for Democrats to give voters a choice, no matter how red a district may seem.

      You never know when the Repbublican candidate might screw up, get arrested, or open his/her mouth and create a race where there shouldn't be one.

      Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

      by bear83 on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 06:34:08 AM PST

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    •  Early filing deadlines (3+ / 0-)
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      beauchapeau, MPociask, Odysseus

      Maybe early filing deadlines are a problem. From the recruits' point of view, it may seem they're being asked to make a snap decision. Minnesota has a large legislature and a few incumbents go unchallenged each election, but not like the numbers in other states. Maybe it's just the strength of party organizations or the political culture, but your difficulties have me asking if the filing deadline has something to do with it. We have precinct caucuses at the same time as your filing deadline which is a deadline of sorts for anyone seeking party endorsement (would take too long to explain), but the filing deadline is late June. So if someone is approached to run now, they have months to think about it.

      I also wonder how much candidates can really be recruited. If they want to run, they presumably already know where their party has the incumbent, which opponent is vulnerable, etc. I can't believe candidates can be recruited where they weren't thinking about running already.

      •  Recruitment would be valuable when (2+ / 0-)
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        beauchapeau, MPociask

        the person has maybe thought about it but doesn't know how to proceed or doesn't think they'd be able to raise any money. Recruitment says, "Hey, you're not just a crazy narcissist; other people think you could be good at this too."

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 08:08:01 AM PST

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      •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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        MPociask, Odysseus

        In Ohio, the deadline for partisan races is 90 days before the primary. That means, in the presidential year of 2012, the filing deadline for county offices was December 2011--almost a full year before election, and over a year before the term began! These early deadlines might make sense in state races, when 1,000 signatures are necessary for petitioning and a campaign infrastructure must be built, but for local races? It practically guarantees that only the elite crowd, the ones permanently mobilized to run because they are Rotary or Chamber of Commerce or whatever types, will get into the game.

      •  And to your second point (3+ / 0-)
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        Gygaxian, MPociask, Odysseus

        My goal as a Democratic chair in a deep-red county has been to try to find the people who have thought, "Hey, I should run someday" but haven't known that an infrastructure exists to run for office. Obviously, somebody doesn't respond well to an out-of-the-blue request to seek to change jobs. But for things like city council races, which involve an evening or two a month, outright recruitment is much easier.

  •  What if the Democrats embraced these folks? (7+ / 0-)

    People with complicated lives and families?
    People who have real lives in real communities?

    It means having candidates who have no self-funding capabilities and finding the extra funding to advocate their candidacies.

    After all, the "traditional" recruitment process of millionaires/billionaires, self-promotioners and professional grifters has worked so well for American democracy.

    "First, we make a commonwealth of our family. Then, we make a commonwealth of families. Then, we make of ourselves a political commonwealth. We engage in the ongoing process of self-government which, first and foremost, is a creative act." - C. Pierce

    by Superskepticalman on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 06:25:59 AM PST

    •  Part of the reason campaigning is so... (4+ / 0-)
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      James Allen, elfling, MPociask, VClib

      ...strenuous as to deter many people with real and complicated lives is that hyper-fundraising has percolated down to well below the Congressional District level.

      It's the single most stressful and dehumanizing thing about being a candidate, and it creates and perpetuates a systemic bias toward seeking out (as you point out) "millionaires/billionaires, self-promotioners and professional grifters."

      Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 07:36:26 AM PST

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    •  What if we had effective public financing (1+ / 0-)
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      and the entire Republican party shot itself in all of its feet?

      And your grandmother had enough wheels to be a trolleycar?

      I do expect things to get better as young Republicans continue to fall away by the millions.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 07:43:50 AM PST

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    •  do they have 60 hours or more a week (2+ / 0-)
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      MPociask, VClib

      to either talk to voters or raise money?

      If not, they won't be effective candidates. The party doesn't have money lying around it could just give to candidates who don't have time to campaign.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 08:06:39 AM PST

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      •  It's worth asking ourselves though (2+ / 0-)
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        Odysseus, VClib

        What kind of people would have that time and still have the qualities that we want in an officeholder. That is the current requirement, but did we mean that to happen? Is there another way?

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 08:30:12 AM PST

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        •  even if we had public financing for campaigns (1+ / 0-)
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          they still need time to talk to voters. I don't see any way around that.

          ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

          by James Allen on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 08:33:05 AM PST

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          •  I'd vote for a Campaign Day (0+ / 0-)

            Once every two years, all broadcast, radio, and cable networks must dedicate 9/10 of their day to the next day's elections in their broadcast area.  They can either carry pre-recorded material supplied by campaigns, or can come up with independent content that gives equal time to each candidate.  The next day is Election Day.  Both days are national holidays.

            And while dreaming,  I'd ban all political advertising that took place more than a week from Election Day.  

        •  elfling - I think that's why we see politicians (1+ / 0-)
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          or rich people running for Congress. Who else can basically take a year off and run for elected office? Certainly not a middle class candidate with limited wealth and bills to pay.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 02:58:09 PM PST

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  •  Maybe instead of a D.B. Cooper... (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, gffish

    Stockman's pulling a Ross Perot...maybe thugs from Cornyn's staff (or the NSA) showed him pictures of his a strange basement...

    ha ha

    "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

    by DaddyO on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 06:27:31 AM PST

  •  VA-08 (1+ / 0-)
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    Cook says Ebbin, Herring, and Hope are definitely running.

    He lists 9 other potential Dem candidates, not including Shuttlesworth.  Virginia's primary process (no runoff) means a small plurality could select the next Congressman from this D+16 safe seat if enough high-profile candidates run.  

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 06:32:20 AM PST

    •  I know at least two Democrats in VA-08 who (1+ / 0-)
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      aren't running... :)

      Seriously while "a bazillion" might be a bit to many, it isn't by much.

      All of the members of the Arlington County council(5) and the Alexandria city council(7) are elected at large (and all are democrats) so between them and the members of the state legislature who represent parts of the district, getting 8-10 real candidates would not be unreasonable and could quite reasonably see someone win the Democratic Primary primary with 15% of the vote.

      OTOH, does anyone know if there are Republicans in either the House of Delegates or the State Senate representing any part of Congress VA-08.

  •  Another big reason people do not run for office (8+ / 0-)

    I think what is missing here is the fact that many people do not want to run for office because they do not want themselves and their family and friends to be scrutinized going into their background and their health issues and their family squabbles and maybe even some bad decisions made during their younger years.  

    One stupid statement.  One night of over drinking.  One case where you were just "suspected" by the law of doing something even if you were totally innocent.  Any of those and many more and you are an asshole and a degenerate and not worthy of being in political office.

  •  Mark Pryor needs fundraising support (6+ / 0-)

    He's about my least favorite Democrat, but he's much better than Cotton, and the reported fundraising for Cotton means Cotton outraised Pryor in 4Q13.  Pryor has a bigger warchest, but he's going to need all the help we can give him.

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 06:40:30 AM PST

  •  running (2+ / 0-)
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    I always wonder why anyone runs for office.  Seems to me, a person needs an excuse to want to give up so much for so little--unless they don't like their status quo.  Ego is probably the motivator--and ego is a bad reason to run for office.  Democracy has many flaws, and getting the best person for the job could be problem number 1.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 06:43:08 AM PST

  •  Greg Brannon (2+ / 0-)
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    HAHAHAHA  And I made the mistake of reading the comments on the Buzzfeed report..  The people who agree with him are just as ignorant and scary.

    He is scary and the fact that he is a DOCTOR and on OB-GYN is even scarier.  That kind of ignorance breeds - he has SEVEN children - and the 'devote' Christian thing just makes me ill.  He is a huckster and I pity any woman who goes to him for medical care.

    Thom Tillis is a bought and paid for ALEC/Koch Brothers shill - but Brannon is just a Right Wing Nut Job.

    Why do Republicans Hate Americans?

    by Caniac41 on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 06:45:36 AM PST

  •  Neither Party recruits (1+ / 0-)
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    The idea that Political Parties can wander around and engage regular people to run for State or National office. Silly Parker! The requirements for 21st century elected office are - a complete disinterest in fact or truth. A excessive self-centeredness, an ingrained sense of superiority, a desire to be personally connected to wealthy people and gain tremendous personal wealth as a result, the ability to feel no shame or guilt yet portray all the outward signs of empathy. Rather than continue I suggest checking out the DSM IV -R under Sociopathic Personality Disorder.
    The folks like this are already IN the loop and are not interested in having some actual patriot or political operative try to "get" them to run... they are going to do so on their own schedule. Once in a while someone like ELizabeth Warren comes on the scene and actually wins but it takes an amazing rift in the political landscape for this to happen and can not be counted on. (She actually works at her job more than 113 days a year and that will get her nowhere!)

  •  jobs or inequality? Slaves had jobs. NT (0+ / 0-)
  •  Indiana: Changing Committees (0+ / 0-)

    Is there anything that prevented the speaker from just picking whatever committee he was most sure of? So could it have been Agriculture or something equally bizarre?

    •  That is a good question (0+ / 0-)

      You'd think maybe Bosma had to find some marginally relevant committee, and I guess Elections satisfied, since they do, of course, actually want to conduct an election over this amendment. But maybe he could have picked anything.

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      by David Nir on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 10:24:59 AM PST

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  •  Stockman hiding out (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe Stockman is hiding out in one of the dilapidated trailers that could as easily doubled as a meth lab as it did for a campaign office.  He's probably tweaking out over that damn communist in the White House.  Either that or he overdosed on whatever the fuck he's smoking and is lost somewhere in the desert. If we're lucky it may even be the Sahara and we'll never hear from him again.  

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 09:19:01 AM PST

  •  I don't buy it. (1+ / 0-)
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    So just bear that in mind the next time you encounter someone who insists that Steve Israel's to blame for Democratic recruiting difficulties. He's working as hard as he can. Just sometimes—a lot of the time—real life intervenes.
    There are roughly three quarters of a million people in every CD.  There has to be someone sane who will advocate for the party base and platform.

    "Party hack" or "backbencher" are often used as pejoratives, but they could be reclaimed and serve useful roles.

    -7.75 -4.67

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 09:21:26 AM PST

    •  You are talking about two different things, though (1+ / 0-)
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      Recruiting a good candidate, and recruiting a candidate. I'm talking about the former. Most congressional districts, even the reddest or bluest, still manage to have candidates from both parties.

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      by David Nir on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 10:26:24 AM PST

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  •  recruiting good candidates is a challenge. (1+ / 0-)
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    As the old saw goes, anyone who wants to run is automatically suspect since no sane person would want to go through all that. The best ones I've seen on the local level were generally not interested before someone talked them into it. Nationally, once in a while we get a good one like Warren or Franken or Sanders, but I think they too needed some prodding and encouragement.

    What is discouraging to me is when the DCCC backs a generic conservadem over a real progressive.

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