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Warren forms exploratory committee for Congressional run

by: Eric B.

Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 13:47:42 PM EST

There are two ways my former employer used to inform its readers about a death (well, besides a front page story if the person was notable enough or had gone out in glorious enough fashion). One was the standard obituary, and the other was a death notice. In fact, we used to run death notices if someone croaked too late to do a proper obituary for them and then later ran a full obituary. A lot of our death notices came from out of state, and specifically Zephyrhills, Florida, because a lot of people from this area move to that part of Florida to live out the remaining years of their lives. In fact, it was so common that a former colleague once suggested that we come up with a third way to let people know that someone had passed: A Moved to Florida announcement. The idea was that moving to Florida meant that death was imminent, not because of disease but because they were so old that they didn't have much time left.

That story came to mind when I read this story about Rebekah Warren forming an exploratory committee to run for the 12th Congressional District seat against Debbie Dingell. How many times does someone form an exploratory committee and then not run?

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This is gonna be one of THOSE primaries...
A generational and regional scrap: Ann Arbor vs. Dearborn, Young vs. Old, Establishment vs. Occupy, yada yada yada I'm already tired of it.

Can't wait for the Democrats' "social media wing" to start in with the Facebooking and Tweeting and Vining and Instagramming and Pinterest-ing in support of Rebekah, their supposed "Progressive Champion" who JUST needs $8 before the all-important end of quarter fundraising deadline to be able to withstand the deep-pocketed attacks from "Debbie DINO" and her cabal of backroom insiders.

And it's not like they're wrong about the backroom insiders -- Lon Johnson and the MDP would CERTAINLY prefer that Warren run for reelection, since any open state Senate seat represents a drain of resources badly needed elsewhere. And it's just as certain they'd rather not even think about the 12th District, since being forced to take a side can only serve to alienate those who support the loser.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

Another good thing...
Another good thing about forming this exploratory committee is that she is getting publicity. While if things go well, she may decide to run (she may decide to regardless), but if she does back out she will at least be getting media attention for the next few weeks as a serious contender for a congressional race. While most political followers know who Warren is, the average voter from Dearborn and Downriver especially are learning about her for the first time.

While it may help her minimally if she decides to make a push for Minority Leader in the Senate, it could help her more (if she does back out) in 4 years if she decides to run for a statewide office.

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Actually, I've seen a few of my fellow young, social media types
getting behind Debbie Dingell already.

Which then begs the question: Is that because they view Dingell as the person best qualified to represent the district? Or do some folks see this as a way to build up favors that they can later redeem in the form of jobs, etc.?

I'm sure that for some, it's the former - and a solid case can be made that Dingell would be the best fit.

That said, there have been times in years past in which I and other young people have been warned about the consequences of supporting 'the wrong candidate' for various offices. While often re-affirming my support for said 'wrong candidate,' such behavior also turns off many folks to politics.

And then we lose elections.

Anyway, Warren doesn't strike me as any more of a Dean/Obama-type of "digitally powered" candidate than anyone else, but maybe she is. Certainly, anyone who wants to beat Debbie Dingell is going to need to run a superb digital program.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

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I was sort of imagining the national progressive groups weighing in...
It's easy to imagine the likes of MoveOn, Credo and DFA "mobilizing" out-of-state Progressives against Debbie Dingell, tossing out terms like "Blue Dog" and "DINO" just to push the page clicks, Likes, retweests and small-scale donations (very little of which would ever be seen by Sen. Warren).

And there is one hot-button issue where Debbie Dingell is vulnerable to such an attack: Guns.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

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Debbie made it very clear during her announcement that she's the complete opposite of her husband on guns (she is for more gun control).  It's literally the only issue she brought up to distinguish herself from John.

Or, am I reading your post incorrectly?

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it seems she's being a bit deceitful in that claim: http://www.washingtonpost.com/...  

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Yep, that.
Exactly that piece, written mere days after Sandy Hook. Thanks for posting the link.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

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The most interesting thing, I've hear is personally wise Warren is very similar to Mrs. Dingell. Which could make this a very entertaining primary to watch if true, I will start making the popcorn.

and on this news why do you need a exploratory committee, either your in or your out, you have less then 2 month to get your signatures, Also get fundraising yesterday. If this scenario if you want a chance to beat Mrs. Dingell you can be pussy-footing around.

I know Rebekah Warren
I know her as a former DFA member and she was always a friend to us.  I would back her against anyone.

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I would also back her
I don't know her, but just saying what I've heard when I've talked to all my operative friends that knew the area, when we were trying to figure out who would run. In the end it doesn't matter j who take just about anyone over Mrs. Dingell

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Exploratory Committees
Plenty of politicians form exploratory committees without ever running for the office.

Anyone remember when Mark Hackel formed his committee to run for governor in 2009-2010.  He quickly backed out and eventually ran for County Executive in Macomb.  

I do not remember that
The only thing I heard about it was that his name was being tossed around as someone who might run.

Among the Trees

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And, while not at a local or state level, you hear of presidential candidates opening exploratory committees all of the time and backing out.  It allows you to see how much money you can raise to test the waters to see if there is support.  I imagine she'll use some of this dough to buy some polling, and if it looks good, she'll run.  If not, she may reconsider.

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Tom Vilsack and, IIRC, Mark Warner did that for the 2008 campaign. One or two candidates did that in 2010, and I think a couple did that for the 2002 governor's race as well.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

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was at State Central today, threw out the red meat, and the crowd loved it and her. Pretty sure the Establishment types there would vote for her if they could.  

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