MLK Day -- its official. It is YOUR turn to stand for elected office in 2008 #1. Today is MLK Day. I wish you the best. It is also a day when I've reached a few decisions.The news reflects, in part, the blog's polling that was done. See the results on the left. I'll take them down shortly.
QUESTION: Should Mark Rauterkus stand for public office, again, in 2008?
Give it a break. Don't run. (58%)
Run for PA House. Stay active and engaged. (9%)
Run for US Congress. Shoot for a DC post. (7%)
Support Ron Paul as a deligate to the GOP Convention. (17%)
All the above -- as a Republican (7%)
All the above as a Libertarian. (8%)
Here is the 'inside story' that bloggers might wonder about, beyond the email blast.
Tom lives in Bellvue and is running for PA House as a R.
Michael Grant lives in Robinson and is running for PA House as a R.
The chair of the Allegheny County Libertarian Party, Dave Powell, and myself, vice-chair, had considered running for PA House. Both of us were going to run as Republicans. Dave Powell lives in the district of Lisa Bennington, D. She is a one-term member of the PA House. She is choosing to NOT run again. With the open seat, there are a ton of Ds seeking the nomination. Powell and I considered joining the R party and seeking R party nominations because of the ballot access issues that third party candidates face. We want to make a statement. The local Republicans are in debt and not able or willing to field candidates anyway. With us both doing the same thing -- it would have made for a stronger statement.
Dave just came back from a week in New Hampshire, working for the Ron Paul campaign. He has a young kid at home. Oh well.
Jim Roddey invited me to join the Republican party, not long ago. If Mr. Roddey wants to get the signatures for me and for Dave Powell -- then we should talk again. But, I won't hold my breath. In 2001, I remember asking Jim Roddey, then county chief executive, to sign my petition to allow me to get onto the R ballot as a candidate for mayor. He refused then. I wouldn't expect help now either.
We both understand the importance of running candidates in the city against the one-party machine. Yes, the D party isn't much of a 'machine.' Helping candidates in the burbs is fine. But, we crave more city opposition. We crave true 'diversity' and new thoughts on the campaign stump.
Furthermore, some races in the city are sure to heat up a bit. It is great to get people of other parties into the mix when the boil begins. Joe Weinroth ran for mayor and got some buzz along with the hype devoted to O'Connor, Peduto and Lamb. Challengers need to start earlier, not later.
Mark DeSantis blew many opportunities in 2007 by waiting to run for mayor and not getting onto the ballot in the primary. He was a 'write in' because he was late.
So, while I'm not yet a declared candidate for the 2008 spring season, I've not ruled out the 2008 general election nor any race in 2009.