Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Dropout News RoundupPosted by DavidNYC
There are two media events going on today in races swirling with confusion. One is taking place as we speak: Elton Gallegly is conducting a press conference right here in DC. We should hopefully get press reports back soon.
The other takes place at 9 o'clock tonight, when Kathy Harris seeks the warm, lickspittle embrace of Sean Hannity to announce her future plans. The rumour du jour is that she will resign from the House to focus only on her Senate race. Personally, I wonder why more people don't do this - after all, it's not like she gets to keep her House seat if she loses the Senate race. But doing so might also require a special election (something I haven't looked into yet).
In other dropout-related news, Markos points to this short note at the Hotline blog which says that Conrad Burns just hired a political director - not the sort of move someone on the verge of dropping out tends to make.
UPDATE: Gallegly will indeed run again. I still say he bails shortly after winning, forcing a special election. We should be ready for that eventuality. What Dems in the area might make strong candidates?
UPDATE: Harris is staying in, too. Haven't heard anything about her resigning from the House, though.
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MUCH better news than what I was hearing a couple of days ago, at least regarding Harris and Burns. The last thing we need is for these two to go out with dignity. :)
Ok, I can't remember the last special election for the house in Florida. I'm thinking one was held after 1989.
Anyways, when it comes to that sort of election.. when would it be held, if Harris resigns.
And the last person I remember who resigned from the House in the middle of a campaign was Steve Largent.
If we get Burns to run again we will be 3 for 3 which is likely also i heard Sen. Thomas (R-WY) may be retireing... (I just remembered i am going to have to listen to all of Harris's ads... ugh..)
Whoa, D, where did you hear that? Got any links?
Apparently, he's being mentioned as a replacement to Gale Norton.
Apparently, he's being mentioned as a replacement to Gale Norton as Interior Secretary.
I heard that Thomas was in talks to be the next Secretary of the Interior (as is Ben Nighthorse Campbell). But that doesn't mean he'll get the gig.
You beat me be mere seconds, Rob! Good catch!
Haha, I didn't realize it was a race. Like you pointed out, though, he might not get the nod so this might just turn out to be wishful thinking.
But if he does get the job, could we find a credible candidate to run for his seat? Dave Freudenthal immediately comes to mind, but he might want to stay where he is for a second term. And what are the laws like in Wyoming with Senate vacancies? Could Freudenthal appoint himself to the seat? :P
There was a great diary on MyDD addressing that exact question, Rob:
Thanks for that, HellofaSandwich. Now I just hope that Senator Thomas gets the job so things can get interesting!