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This is probably as nuts as I think it is, but I'm vaguely considering a run at WA-05.  I've been unsuccessful in getting hold of Peter Goldmark to find out if he's considering another run, which I would support; if anyone knows how to do that, please let me know & I'll throw my full (if more or less negligible, at present) weight behind him.


That being said, I haven't the remotest idea where/howI would start preparing for candidacy, or, for that matter, whether it's a complete non-starter.  Here's where I'm at, more or less, in a nutshell:

My motivation is fairly simple:  WA05 is a big chunk of rural WA, represented by a Bushite cipher.  Goldmark, a rookie, took a large hunk of the vote.  We need more Dems in Congress, and fewer numb-from-the-neck-up rubberstamps.  I don't yet see anyone out there.  I'm pretty smart, well informed, painfully honest, and cantankerous as hell.  Also too ugly to get into showbiz.

I'm not quite a resident of WA05, moving to Mazama from Seattle in the nearest future.  I'm more or less retired at 52 (not rich, just more willing to be "modest" than I am to impersonate an executive).  Couple of advanced degrees, international relations and business, fairly fancy.  Good, no, excellent manager, analyst, judge of people.  Practical, relatively low bullshit quotient.  Cynical, yes.  Get past it, I can.

Problems:  I'm not a Democrat, officially.  And, if I don't run, I won't become one any time soon.  I haven't joined anything since the boyscouts, because I'm convinced that most organizations magnify the fundamental corruptibility (and, oh, by the way, stupidity) of the individual by encouraging groupthink and "everybody does it".  Doesn't mean I don't play well with others, I just say "No" when it needs to be said.  Hasn't made me real popular in the corporate world, except among the few who find it refreshing.

Secondly, I've broken nearly every Commandment and not a few laws, albeit not lately.  Never got busted, particularly; did go through alcohol treatment 22 years ago, dry since.  As far as I know, the people I've broken commandments with remember it with reasonable equanimity, if not necessarily pure pleasure.  I have no problem with the world knowing about my "transgressions", in a general way, but recognize that this isn't 'specially good rep.

My stands on issues are fairly vanilla for our side of the ranch:
1)Iraq has gone from ridiculous to criminal, never should have happened and needs to stop yesterday, by whatever means
2)not pro-abortion but pro-choice:  it's a medical procedure that is appropriate if the prospective mother considers it to be so
3)gay rights is no-brainer;
4)Bush is an idiot, a sociopath, definitely needs a misery program for his retirement, preferably with federal sanction
5)religion as personal choice, so keep it personal

Not an easy sell in rural WA, but, on the other hand, I've already semi-converted a few confirmed rednecks:  they'll put up our disagreements on this kind of issue because a) I don't attack their beliefs directly, b) I make a lot of sense on issues that really affect them, c) I'm dead honest.  They respect that.

If the consensus is "don't bother", I can live with that and will simply ask for advice on how to get involved in tracking down a decent candidate.  If it's not, I need to know how to approach this business.  I intend to take it up with Ned Lamont, whom I went to school with & will see at a reunion in a month, but he's in a whole different league:  I haven't got a mess of my own money to seed a campaign, so this would have to be a guerrilla operation.

Have at it, please.

Originally posted to flagpole on Wed Apr 04, 2007 at 10:43 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  start raising money n/t (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Unique Material
  •  Start raising your profile. (1+ / 0-)
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    Unique Material

    Join, participate, doorbell, etc.

    Had an alternative newspaper in Spokane, somewhat familiar with the territory.


    by ormondotvos on Wed Apr 04, 2007 at 11:36:54 PM PDT

  •  don't I have to register with the Party (0+ / 0-)

    or something?

    The truth shall make ye fret... -William DeWorde

    by flagpole on Wed Apr 04, 2007 at 11:54:48 PM PDT

  •  If you run as a Democrat (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Unique Material

    you'll need to know and (hopefully) use the party apparatus, like it or not.  Find the best, smartest, most honest Democratic officeholders or party workers in the area, and contact them.  

    You'll hit it off with at least one of them, and from there you can start strategizing.  But if you can't hit it off with anyone, you're probably not right for candidacy.

    Impeach the cheerleader; save the world.

    by Bob Love on Wed Apr 04, 2007 at 11:59:29 PM PDT

  •  Ummmm (0+ / 0-)

    Is this Dave Reichert's seat? The one that Darcy Burner ran for? If so, I think I remember her posting here that she is going to run again. Not saying you can't or shouldn't run, just giving a possible heads up.

       Just my two cents and trying to be helpful,

  •  Run up the flagpole (0+ / 0-)

    Looks to me like the only thing standing in your way is that if you have children (see: Rudy) who wouldn't campaign for you would be troublesome.

    And, in all haste, register Democratic and find out who the Democratic biggies in 05 are and chat them up.  Find the Dean people!

    "Man's life's a vapor Full of woe. He cuts a caper, Down he goes. Down de down de down he goes.

    by JFinNe on Thu Apr 05, 2007 at 02:57:49 AM PDT

  •  Run - (0+ / 0-)

    Don't walk to your local library.
    (Assuming you have an electronic card catalog, not paper...)
    Put 'politics' into your subject search - hit go.

    Check out as many books as they'll let you.

    See Washblog link on kos homepage. See if anyone is local to you & start talking.

    Here's a small list of books to get you started:

    How to Win a Local Election by Judge Lawrence Grey

    In Our Own Interest by Dorothy Smith

    Crashing the Gate by Markos Moulitsas & Jerome Armstrong

    Politics for Dummies by Ann Delaney

    The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by JoeTrippi

    Good Luck!

    I'm the person your mother warned you about.

    by Unique Material on Thu Apr 05, 2007 at 04:50:25 AM PDT

  •  Try a campaign camp- (0+ / 0-)

    Grassroots Solutions offers training camps for candidates and campaign staff-

    Campaign Camp is an intensive, 2.5-day interactive training program that combines lectures, discussions, and real-life simulations. The Camps teach the fundamentals of running a campaign, how to effectively run for elected office, and provide participants tools for advocacy and organizing.

    I'm not sure if they get way out west, but they held a camp recently in PA and it got pretty good reviews.  From a local blog:

    The trainers, as usual, were an impressive collection of people from different organizations and campaigns with various fields of expertise.  The man who did the direct mail training works for a company that does direct mail, for instance.  An official from the United Steelworkers did a session on targeting voters.  Most of the training is underwritten by sponsors to keep the cost for participants low and affordable.  People were there from all over the state.  They're planning another Camp in Pennsylvania later this year (probably summer again) and it is very useful.  I'll post the information on that as soon as I receive it.

    Good luck!

    It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds - Samuel Adams

    by Red no more on Thu Apr 05, 2007 at 05:56:49 AM PDT

  •  From time to time (0+ / 0-)

    post a diary beginning with WA-08 in the title. Tell us what you are learning. You'll get the advantage of feedback and build some netroots support.

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