Will They Go?

Yesterday, Todd flagged a big story in the National Journal:

Nine of 12 targeted Republicans running in the most competitive Senate races this fall are either skipping the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn., or have not decided whether to attend.

For example, among those looking to duck their party's convention? Elizabeth Dole - former presidential candidate, wife of Bob Dole, and current North Carolina Senator up for re-election against Road to 60 candidate Kay Hagen.

Dole's excuse?

"She's got a busy week scheduled in North Carolina," [spokeswoman] Hallaway said. "When there are breaks in the Senate schedule, she spends as much time as possible in North Carolina."

What a dedicated public servant.

Problem is - we still don't have answers from a lot of the Republicans running for Senate - either as challengers or as incumbents.

So MyDD is launching a public service campaign - "Will They Go?"

Below is a list of Republicans in competitive Senate races and whether they've committed to going to their party's convention. We realize it's not an easy decision for a Republican this year: Bush's approval is consistently below freezing, the GOP's brand is in the gutter, and the Republican presidential nominee is...well...John McCain.

But there's a lot for Republicans to be proud of (note: list of things for Republicans to be proud of tk). So we feel it's important for Senate candidates to stand together this year as Republicans - and we should do our part to encourage that Republican solidarity for those on the fence:

  • If you find public news articles or announcements about whether one of the candidates will go to the GOP convention, drop the quote or link in the comments.

  • If you call one of their campaign offices and politely ask for an answer, email us at willtheygo(at)gmail(dot)com. (Campaign websites are linked below)

We'll update the tally of Senate candidates throughout the week.

Let's get some answers:

Will they go?

Tags: Election 08, will they go (all tags)



Ah Norm

It would be pretty embarassing if he didn't go to the convention he lobbied to be in his own city.

by Dracomicron 2008-07-30 10:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Will They Go?

Gordon Smith is the incumbent in Oregon not Washington.

by JustJennifer 2008-07-30 10:48AM | 0 recs
this seems unprecedented

I can't ever remember so many Congressional candidates deliberately skipping a convention because they didn't want to be associated with their party's presidential nominee and/or national brand.

Anyone know if this has happened before?

by desmoinesdem 2008-07-30 11:07AM | 0 recs
Careful with the Dumbo

Disney will come down on you like a ton of bricks.  That is one mega-corp that has no sense of humor and will not tollerate fair satirical use of their characters.

by gavoter 2008-07-30 11:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Careful with the Dumbo

I agree completely... Disney is a behemoth with a zillion dollar legal department, they don't take kindly to copyright/trademark infringement, they don't lose copyright/trademark infringement lawsuits, and they could have Jerome and MyDD calling them Daddy for eternity if they were to decide to be offended by the Dumbo pic.

As visible as this site is, it would probably be advisable to take down that pic or to edit it so it looks nothing remotely like the cute pachyderm you would find at the Magic Kingdom.

by Obamaphile 2008-07-30 12:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Careful with the Dumbo

Fair enough. I swapped it.

by Josh Orton 2008-07-30 12:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Will They Go?

I actually liked the original one better, but I have a buddy with a teeny-tiny blog that gets maybe 1/10,000 the traffic MyDD does, and he once had a similar pic making fun of Republicans using a Dumbo pic, and within a week of the blog posting he got a nice little "Cease and Desist" letter from Disney's Legal Dept.

As many rightwing turds who lurk around this place, I wouldn't put it past one of them to make an anonymous fuss to the evil mousemaster to try to cause you guys grief.

by Obamaphile 2008-07-30 12:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Will They Go?

Steve Pearce won't respond to the question.

by fbihop 2008-07-30 01:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Will They Go?

Cornyn is going.

by alyssa chaos 2008-07-30 01:33PM | 0 recs
Gordon Smith is a maybe

We're still not sure whether Gordon is going to skip the convention or not. It's a definite maybe which obviously doesn't give us the answer we want.

Smith is running away from the Republican party just as he did when he ran for re-election back in 2002. It worked then...let's hope he doesn't get away with it this time.

by Sarah Lane 2008-07-30 03:24PM | 0 recs


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