Gordon Smith Could Get Constitution Party Challenge
by Jonathan Singer, Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 04:06:05 PM EST
Ah, it's nice to be done with my first set of finals here at law school. Looks like I should have a bit more time for regular posting duties starting just about now...
Our own Senate Guru did some investigative work over at his own blog and came up with some interesting news: 2006 Oregon Constitution Party Gubernatorial nominee Mary Starrett is openly speculating about a run against GOP Senator Gordon Smith this cycle. Per the Guru, Starrett on a possible run:
Anything's possible...and let's face it Gordon Smith needs a spanking, don't you think?
The Oregonian's Jeff Mapes chimes in:
One thing about Starrett: she has a good sense of humor. She could be just enjoying seeing the Smith camp squirm a bit. If she were to get into the race, she would join the Democratic nominee - presumably Jeff Merkley or Steve Novick - Smith and independent John Frohnmayer. Interestingly, all of them oppose Bush administration policy in Iraq. Could there actually be room for a candidate who supports the war?
Starrett isn't the strongest political figure in Oregon and might actually bring in less votes than Frohnmeyer, a former moderate Republican running as an independent. But she might actually present a greater problem for Smith than Frohnmeyer given where her votes could come from and indeed did come from during her 2006 bid for Governor, when she pulled in 3.6 percent of the vote, most of which is believed to have come out of potential conservative backers of the GOP unhappy with the quasi-moderate Republican nominee Ron Saxton. It's little wonder, then, that Smith can now be seen kowtowing to the far right from the Senate floor.
In short, with three candidates running at least somewhat from the right, it's not quite so hard to see a Democrat, whether Merkely or Novick, sneaking into victory with 40 or 45 percent of the vote. So while this is no longer in the top five for the Democrats, it might just genuinely be on the map come next fall.