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Friday, October 07, 2005

VT-AL: Teachout for Congress

Posted by Tim Tagaris

Can't say that I am the biggest fan of the world, but it would certainly be interesting to see an established netroots practitioner in a top-flight race.

Former state Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin opted out of a race for the U.S. House on Wednesday, potentially eliminating a Democratic primary for the seat.

Shumlin, a Putney Democrat, said he had explored entering the race to succeed Rep. Bernie Sanders, an independent who is leaving the House so he can run for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. James Jeffords. [...]

There has been talk of others entering the race, including lawyer Zephyr Teachout, who gained political experience on former Gov. Howard Dean's presidential race.

There is already a Democratic candidate in the race, State Senator Peter Welch. The article really got me to thinking about how many bloggers out there would seriously consider running for something at the federal level. I can imagine that, for quite a few, there would be a great deal of support in terms of contributions and volunteers...not to mention all of the cool things we are capable of like media manipulation and open source oppo research. I hope it happens one day. I would love to work on a Chris Bowers for Congress campaign some day.

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It is important to note that Teachout spawned from the Burlington Trippi crew. From my experience, each Dean staffer has a unique personality based upon where they were based. Many that I have met from Karen Hick's tightly-bound New Hampshire crew, had quite a distaste for those in Burlington and Teachout was at the top of the list.

I also find it quite amusing that she jumped into blogging after the campaign, then immediately tried to impose strict ethical guidelines upon all of her colleagues.

In the end, I think it’s a great idea for the netroots to start crossing over and running for office because it further solidifies the redistribution of power in politics. I applaud her for taking this step and I truly think that she is a forerunner for doing so. GO Zephyr!

Whats up with the two-day silence?

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