My mom's running for U.S. Senate

The Hawaii U.S. Senate seat is now leans Democratic instead of slam-dunk Democratic. Yes, I'm a Democrat and my mom's a Republican. But mom trumps party. So on with the story:

This past Friday evening I got home from work and was looking forward to my first minimal work weekend in a long time. Hang out with my wife and daughters, maybe go see a movie together.

And my mom calls...

The front-runner for the Republican nomination for Senate in Hawaii had dropped out for health reasons. And so, depending on who won the primary (this past Saturday), the nomination would fall to the party to pick.

And among other things I know how to design web sites...

So Saturday was spent laying out a web site. Sunday was putting together a fast one for her to show the committee members. And Monday was spent turning that in to a real web site. Thank god for the time difference. 3:00 pm Hawaii time, 7:00 pm Colorado time, I has finished my last edits as the phone rang.

One minute into the announcement that my mom was the candidate and her new website went up. And because everyone working on it was on the mainland (and also a Democrat), no word of her being the nominee slipped out.

And what are her chances? Republican Cynthia Thielen in Democratic Hawaii? Well first of all, the people of Hawaii love her. I mention my last name anywhere, not just in her district, but anywhere, and people ask me if I'm related. And when I say that I'm her son they tell me that they love her.

And she wins her Democratic district with 70 - 80% of the vote when the Democrats bother to run someone against her. For 16 years she has shown incredible skill, both in getting elected and in legislating. She is an amazing politician.

So it's an uphill battle. But if I was betting money, I'ld bet on my mom. But with that said... She needs you support and your contributions. So please, go to and make a contribution.

Tomorrow's post - why Democrats should support my mom over Akaka - for Hawaii's sake and for the country's sake

Tags: Hawaii, Senate, Thielen (all tags)



Re: My mom's running for U.S. Senate

I mean no offense to you, but that is going to be a very difficult sell here. This is a Democratic blog, and why on earth should we support someone who will ultimately vote for Republican leadership in Congress at a time when we can ill afford it?

No matter how liberal your mother may be, she is a Republican. I still support Daniel Akaka.

by PsiFighter37 2006-09-26 11:53AM | 0 recs
Re: My mom's running for U.S. Senate

Sorry.  Good luck to you and all that, but a Republican vote for leader is a Republican vote for leader.

At least you won't be booted off of MyDD, which you would be if you posted at RedState.

by Robert P 2006-09-26 11:54AM | 0 recs
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Sorry. No can do. I'm sure your Mom is wonderful but if she truly is wonderful then she'll switch to being a democrat. The modern day Republican party needs to be crushed. There are plenty of decent, fine Republicans out there. Some are even elected officials but there is absolutely no excuse for the behavior of the George Bush lead Republican party and no excuse for supporting anyone for anything that would lead to a strnegthening of support for the modern day Republican Party.

No can do.

They need to be crushed. Not defeated. Crushed. Only then can a decent, respectable Republican party arise from the ashes.

If you and your Mom want to do some good then have her run for state chair of the Republican Party and kick out all the right wingers.

Then she can go to work on the other 49 states.

There is no excuse (other then she's your Mom - I'll buy that one) for supporting a Republican in today's political environment.


by Andrew C White 2006-09-26 11:56AM | 0 recs
Had no luck over at Kos?

So you tried this junk over here? You really have no understanding of why these blogs exist, do you?

Promoting Republican candidates is trolling, plain and simple, and you are fool at best, if not something worse. I sincerely hope Mr. Akaka embarrasses your mother at the polls, no matter how progressive she is, because she's in the wrong party - the Party of torture, unending war, tragic foreign policy, theocracy, and so much more that is entirely untenable.

Repeat offender: 102515/242

by surfbird007 2006-09-26 12:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Had no luck over at Kos?

In fact, you've just convinced me to send a donation to Akaka.

by surfbird007 2006-09-26 12:19PM | 0 recs
Re: My mom's running for U.S. Senate

Here's hoping Akaka crushes your mother like the Republican cockroach that she is.

by Jay 2006-09-26 01:47PM | 0 recs
You post another one of these diaries
And you will be banned. Advocating for Republican candidates is a bannable offense on MyDD.
by Chris Bowers 2006-09-26 01:55PM | 0 recs


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