Politics1 reports some interesting developments in the 2004 congressional elections:
PELOSI, HOYER, OTHERS TO ENDORSE GEPHARDT. Former US House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-MO) will unveil Wednesday a large list of Congressional endorsers of his Presidential candidacy. Current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) headline the list.
Oddly, I’m not sure how much this will help. Even if having these endorsements is a net plus with the more liberal nominating electorate who tend to participate in the primaries, they would be a net minus in the general election. No Democrat is going to be able to win if perceived as a wild-eyed lefty; being tied to Nancy Pelosi doesn’t strike me as a good thing.
This is also interesting:
GOP HOPES DWINDLING IN ILLINOIS. First it was freshman US Senator Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL) — badly trailing in the polls — who announced a month ago that he would not seek re-election in 2004. Last week, former Governor Jim Edgar (R) — the White House’s top choice for the open seat — who bailed on the race. On Tuesday, State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka (R) announced she wouldn’t run for the Senate seat. “I am not fond of Washington. I prefer to live in Illinois … I have no desire to run, and I will not do so,” explained Topinka. With these three out of the contest — and with several heavyweight candidates on the Dem side — the GOP now is seemingly forced to turn to a group of second- and third-tier prospects to find a candidate. This seat now looks to be a likely Democratic pickup next year.
Hmm. The chief Democrat candidate is a 34-year-old state comptroller. Not exactly a first-tier candidate, either.