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2014 Elections

Let us win in 2014 indeed. But don’t stop there.

Let us see you to win in 2014. Stop looking over your shoulder. I mean you.

I trust most you you reading this remember Wisconsin’s Sen Bob Wirch. He was one of the “Fab 14” who relocated to IL as a de facto filibuster against the WI GOP’s efforts to blitz through their union-busting law. One night a couple weeks ago this same man stood up at our county-level Democratic Party meeting and urged the members there to run for office and/or to recruit people to run.

I am here to do the same thing. It is time to strip off the keyboard commando camouflage and to don the business attire. Run for office. City council, county board, school board, township supervisor, sanitary district commissioner, what have you.  

Sen. Lautenberg (D-NJ) Retiring

It’s not too surprising, but Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Democratic Senator from NJ, has announced he will not seek re-election in 2014.  He’ll be 90 by then, and has had cancer during this most recent term (although he’s been cancer free since 2010), so it’s not entirely surprising.  However, Sen. Lautenberg is one of the more liberal voices currently in the senate, and it’s hard to say if any of the contenders for his seat will be able to fill his shoes on that account.

According to the article on

While Booker is the leading Democratic candidate for Lautenberg’s seat, he is far from the only one. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.) has privately told party leaders he intends to run if Lautenberg retires. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) has also expressed interest. In addition, Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) has set up an exploratory committee.