The viewpoint of a middle class Joe living and working in the heartland.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Lacy vs. Russ??
Lacy Clay versus Russ Carnahan.
Think about a primary like that for a minute. Lacy vs. Russ. If the boundaries stay the same, we may well see this primary run off. Political speculation says it is going to happen. So ask yourself, which one of these two would be easier to beat. Which one of these two would be better for MO 1st district.
This is a tough one. Both of these two come from MO political families and both have deep contribution ties in the area. The interesting thing is, many of the trade unions and companies that donate to Lacy also donate to Russ. So, political donations will be split between the two.
So, let's make some assumptions here, shall we. If the first district Democratic candidates are Lacy and Russ, the financial contributions will probably be about equal, so that is a wash. Lacy will probably take north St. Louis City and the surrounding counties, while Russ would take south St. Louis city and areas like Bridgeton, Maryland Heights, Florissant and Hazelwood. Looking at a rough voter turnout from the past few years and making that assumption, it could be a wash in a primary vote.
What's your point here, you may be asking. Well, I am going to ask each of you to sit down and take a deep breath. Now ask yourself, who would be better for first district, Russ or Lacy. Do you go with the devil we know or the devil we don't know. Russ may look weaker than Lacy based off of the last election, but the vote was close due to a strong showing in Jefferson County and south St. Louis County. Russ firmly held Democratic leaning districts. If this campaign does come to pass, it may be up to the Libertarians and Republicans to help decide this primary election.
Are you ready to vote Democrat for the next primary? While this is no slam against Robin or Martin, getting rid of Lacy may be our best hope for removing the scum that is Lacy Clay. This year, the odds are already against a non Democrat winning that seat. The best way to win this seat back for the people is to play the long game and use strategy on our side. Get rid of Lacy and get someone like a Russ who is more pliable. Use his more moderate leanings in some areas to our advantage. Then, when the timing is right, he can be removed from office.
If this primary campaign comes to pass, the DNC will probably favor Lacy due to his involvement with the Congressional Black Caucus and because he is the incumbent for that district. By voting for Russ in the primary, we are helping to ensure that Lacy does not get another shot at 2 years in office.
Some of you will balk at this idea and say that we should be above that. To that let me say this. Sometimes you have to play dirty to win. There is nothing illegal or wrong with what I am advocating. All you are doing, when you go into the polling place is saying you want a Democratic ticket. That is all.
If you agree or disagree with me, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.
I am just a regular guy, who is tired of getting the short end of the stick. After 35 years of sitting on the sidelines and saying nothing, I am speaking up and letting my voice be heard.
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