Before we dive in to what the presidential contest of 2020 might look like, and how a competent, progressive administration devoted to public service might shape up, I want to briefly include some errata to previous posts. I made a couple mistakes and overlooked a couple of great candidates. But even since I began posting, we can see frontrunners lining up for major races, even though those elections are fully nineteen months away. Some people I pegged as gubernatorial candidates are thinking about running for the Senate, and vice versa. I’ll retroactively fix the earlier posts, but here are some corrections that I wish to make:
- Governor of Georgia, 2018: Sally Yates, the recently-fired acting attorney general, seems to be making a move for this position. I had originally had her pegged down as a potential senator, as she has worked at the federal level before, and put Jason Carter as the candidate for governor, since his grandfather once held that position. I’m switching the two.
- Governor of Colorado, 2018: Same story. I had thought Denver mayor Michael Hancock would be a fine choice for governor, following in the footsteps of John Hickenlooper, who took a similar path from mayor to governor. As it turns out, my original Senate pick, Mike Johnston, seems to be running for governor. No worries- Hancock would make a great senator, Johnston would be a fine governor. Again, switching the candidates.
- PA-15, 2018: As one reader, mr.peanut, put it- Ed Pawlowski is too tainted by corruption charges to be a viable candidate, and could hardly take on a relative moderate like Charlie Dent successfully. State representative Jennifer Mann would be a better selection.
- NY-23, 2018: Colleen Wegman was maybe a bit too far-fetched. Svante Myrick would be a fine choice instead. He is mayor of Ithaca, and was a finalist for the World Mayor Award.
- NY-22, 2018: I am going to give Kim Myers another chance at this Utica-based seat, having lost by only about 5% in an unusual set of circumstances.
- NE-Gov: The more I thought about it, the more that Howard Warren Buffett- yes, the Sage of Omaha’s grandson- made sense.
- U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 2018 and Governor of Connecticut, 2018- yeah, a switcher here as well. Let’s keep Chris Murphy in the Senate, and make Carolyn Miles the gubernatorial candidate. As a non-political, Miles should be insulated somewhat from Governor Malloy’s unpopularity.
- Governor of Maryland (Feb. 27): with my initial candidate, Tom Perez, winning election as chair of the DNC, I will need to find a new candidate. I frankly don’t like any of the current contenders for this seat, so I’ll need to pick out one of my own: State Senator Bill Ferguson.