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State Politics Sun Jan 11 2009

So Who Do We Run?

As a Republican I have been thinking a bit about what our ideal candidate would look like and I have to admit I am of two very different minds.

Option One:

A statewide known entity, ideally a pro-choice woman: Judy Baar Topinka.

Yes, I think Judy Baar Topinka might be an answer. Yes, I understand that she would face a real primary battle but that being said I think this state may have a bit of 'buyers remorse' when it comes to Judy thanks to Rod, something we might be able to take advantage of.

Yes, a portion of the Republican party thinks Judy is the 3rd horseman of the RINO apocalypse. Yes, I wish she would be a better campaigner, but we don't have a host of other options.

Option Two:

A wealthy unknown or known who has been vetted in some way shape and form to avoid a Jack Ryan, Blair Hull surprise.

If you assume that Burris is going to be seated (and at this point I think it is going to happen) then you would assume that he is going to run for a full term. With Bobby Rush's recent statements it would be hard for a mainstream Democrat to challenge him when it comes time for the full term. Burris may face a primary challenge, but it will be a B-lister at best.

If we got a wealthy unknown, they could self fund and could use that as a tool against Burris in the general election.

Burris is going to face some fund raising challenges and could end up being in the unusual situation of being a sitting senator at a significant financial disadvantage. Who will have the 'taint' of political fund raising in this state.

We can have a candidate who would could say I will not take more than $150 from anyone running against someone who owes significant money to folks from previous state races.

I think a fresh face would be a good idea but if not I wonder what Jack Ryan is up to these days?

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Pedro / January 12, 2009 11:01 AM

Well, just think about it for a second...

Why do you think it will be Burris? I bet it will be a candidate handpicked by the Obama camp.

Who was the candidate who engineered the unsealing of records of Jack Ryan and Blair Hull? Oh yeah, it was Obama. So you can believe that the same tactics that helped him will be used against any opposition.

Ramsin CanonAuthor Profile Page / January 12, 2009 6:59 PM

But OneMan, don't you think that JBT's statewide loss disqualifies her? You guys should be looking to the future--what about Kirk, or Aaron Shock (will he be old enough?)

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