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Saturday, April 17, 2004


weekend open thread: draft Trippi?

posted by Aziz P. at Saturday, April 17, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Lavoisier1794 in comments posed this interesting question:

Democratic congressional candidate Ann Tamlyn has announced she is dropping out of the race for Maryland's 1st Congressional District, citing a serious illness.
The Democratic Central Committees for the district's 12 counties will accept applications for Tamlyn's replacement, said Josh White, executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party.

Joe Trippi lives in this district. He could instanly raise enough money online to make a credible run against Gilchrest. He doesn't seem to be doing much these days and CFA is a bit overshadowed by DFA v. 2.0. It would still be an uphill battle, but with enough money this seat could be competitive (One analyst predicted a Dem would need $900k to run competively here).
Such a campaign could also prove to be a validation of the whole concept on grassroots
Would anyone be willing to start a Draft Trippi campaign? Would massive emails to CFA do the trick? Would visits from local party leaders do it?

Read Lavoisier's diary at dKos for more details. I don't know if Trippi would want to get back in the game. He was pretty seriously done after the Dean campaign with all the crap. Hes probably burned out on political campaigns for the next decade or two.

And, what would Trippi's qualifications be? What does he bring to the table?


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