|(Not a good start to taking more pictures, but I'll improve)|
Political events around this time of year are funny. If you see someone in a suit, you think "That's a little dressy for an event like this, are they running for something?!?" Then, you see someone in a polo shirt, and you think "That's a little casual for an event like this, are they running for something?!?"
But you can't ask. Guessing candidacy is a game. You don't say anything to the person until you know and then they tell you whether you won.
"So, I heard you are running for _____."
"Yes, you win. Here are your tokens. Go pick out a squirt gun."
Just blurting out "Are you running for something?" is sort of an insult. I don't know why. It just is. In fact, the question, in the right context, can be used as an insult. Going above and beyond the call of duty? "Are you running for something?" Overly friendly to strangers? "Are you running for something?" Take a vocal position on an issue of public concern? "Are you running for something?" On further reflection, it is a rather under-utilized insult that I think has a lot of potential.
Back to Calvin - there was no announcement last night. I found myself standing in a group of political wonks when he made his remarks and as Calvin noted that there is a question a lot of people are hoping to have answered that night, but...he did not know the winning Power Ball numbers, one of the aforementioned wonks said "well played" (don't you love these guys? They're like cynics who have been brought to question their own cynicism, creating just the slightest bit of gravitational pull).
But for our electeds, they have all the time in the world. Name recognition? Check. Money in the bank? Check. Ability to hold a fundraiser without people asking "Are you running for something"? Check. Why announce and have every move from now until November 2014 viewed through the prism of whatever seat you are targeting? In Calvin's case, why foreclose the option of staying put?
There are dominoes yet to fall. I would expect that by 4th of July, we will at the least know the full slate of newcomer candidates and possibly fill a few of the holes on the Republican side of the ballot. Trent Kittleman has already filed for Delegate 9A to fill what we can presume to be an open spot when Gail Bates runs for State Senate. In 2010, the GOP took the approach that no seat would go uncontested, and I imagine they will do the same for 2014. The question is whether they can find folks that are willing to put themselves and their families through a campaign in districts with near impossible odds (and the same holds true for whether the Dems will post candidates in Council 5 or Delegate 9A). But then again, that's why you don't put the year on the campaign sign.
Dennis went to many more of these fundraisers than I did, but whenever we would find each other, we would normally link up and spend the evening jointly speaking with whomever came our way. After one of Courtney Watson's fundraisers last year, Dennis noted that he had spoken with over 20 people "and didn't move once." He took pride in that. People came to him.
That's all for today. Have a great Friday doing what you love! Rock on.